Mainely Dish: Pumpkin Smoothie

— By Kayla Parsons, Registered Dietitian and PhD student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Visit EFNEP’s recipe website for the Pumpkin Smoothie recipe and recipe video.

Is pumpkin your go-to fruit during November? (Yes, pumpkin is a fruit because it begins as a flower!) Try EFNEP’s Pumpkin Smoothie recipe for a creamy twist on this fall favorite. This smoothie recipe has the nostalgic taste of pumpkin pie, complemented by a velvety texture. In addition to being delicious, this recipe is also budget-friendly. Based on prices from major Maine grocery chains, this recipe costs approximately $1.64 per recipe and .82 cents per serving. This recipe isn’t only nice to your wallet, but it also provides multiple health benefits for the body. EFNEP’s Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe is a powerhouse for vitamin A (as suggested by its dark orange color), fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. It also contains 9 grams of protein per serving, making this a satiating option for a midday snack. Don’t have a blender on hand? You can also use a food processor, shaker bottle or a glass jar and a whisk to mix ingredients.