Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

It's October so we gotta have pumpkin, right? I like adding it in where I can. The kids get excited, it's festive, and it feels like fall. This pumpkin pie smoothie is delicious and has the added benefit of filling my kids up with beneficial probiotics, honey, and cinnamon. All of which are great to boost the immune system with the coming of the cold and flu season. I have been talking about probiotics for months. You know the good guys- the good bacteria that fill up your gut which is the building block of your immune system. You can find them in yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and fermented foods. Don't worry there is no sauerkraut in this smoothie!

Cinnamon and honey are also awesome for the immune system. Oils derived from cinnamon bark are antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. Cinnamon may also help prevent throat infections and congestion, the common cold, and influenza. Honey has antioxidant properties (especially darker colored honey) and contains antimicrobial agents that prohibit certain types of bacterial growth. Good stuff!

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1 banana
3/4 cup kefir or yogurt
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract 
6 ice cubes

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass, and top with more cinnamon, and enjoy!! Happy October.

Note: If you are following The GAPS Diet or are gluten-intolerant you may want to make your own vanilla extract. Find recipe here: How to Make Vanilla Extract

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