Saturday, October 8, 2011
So, to combat the chill that most smoothies create, this has some warming ingredients like cayenne and pumpkin.
Okay, all this talk about pumpkin. What is in pumpkin that it makes it worth all this obsession?
I'm so glad you asked! Pumpkins [and all winter squash for that matter] are great for the spleen, stomach, large intestine and lungs. Energy and blood circulation benefit from pumpkin [love this!]. Of course, it's a good source of beta carotene [the orange color gives that away], but is also a good food for diabetics as it is high in complex carbohydrates [the best kind of carbs!]. Vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, and carotenoids all find a home in pumpkins.
1 tbsp. goji berry powder [or 1/4 c. soaked berries]
1 tsp. maca powder [optional]
2 tsp. lemon juice
dash or two of cayenne pepper
1/4 c. hemp seeds or 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
1/2 c. non-dairy milk of choice [coconut milk is great here as is cashew milk. To easily make your own go here.]
1/2 c. water
honey or maple syrup [for vegan option] to taste
handful of ice, optional