OH. MY. GOODNESS.
I just came up with the most delicious protein shake I have EVER had in my life. No really. If you have ever had any friends or family who have told you that eating clean is boring and disgusting, you need to make this and trick them into thinking it’s Starbuck’s latest pumpkin pie frappe. Then after they finish it tell them that there’s no added sugars, it’s completely good for you, and that muahaha did you know that I just made you eat clean!??
Ok sorry for being ridiculous but seriously, this Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie is soooooooo delicious! Today it was raining in LA (the first rain in AWHILE!) and it made me feel all homey and pumpkiny – you know what I mean? So I decided to play around with my can of pumpkin and this miracle happened. Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 banana
– 1/2 cup pumpkin
– 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
– 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (essential)
– 1 TBS vanilla protein powder*
– 1.5- 2 handfuls of ice
That’s it! It came out so smooth, creamy, and heavenly. Tasted just like what pumpkin pie would taste like if it were smoothie-fied. When you make this, please #blogilates or #cheapcleaneats on instagram so I can see what you thought of it!
This shake is perfect either in the morning, before a workout, or immediately after a workout since there are a good amount of healthy carbs in there. If you’re having fruit or carby things, please try to stick them in early in the day to utilize that energy or post workout when your metabolism is burning red hot and you need to replenish your energy stores.
*Also! Did you notice that I starred the vanilla protein powder? Well, I have an exciting project that I wanna share with you…are you ready?
Well! How do I say this…umm…I am working on creating a blend of delicious protein powder that’s good for you and has the optimal ratios of protein, carbs, and fat for women. Of course, another one of my goals is to make this taste as delicious as possible too! I’ve had so many HORRENDOUS powders over the past few years that have tasted like chemical. Like metal. Like things that shouldn’t even be allowed to be eaten. You know what I mean? So I’ve been working with special food chemists to come up with something that will satisfy me (and you) nutritionally and taste-wise.
After reading all of your emails and messages regarding your concerns with protein powder, it seemed like there wasn’t a protein powder out there that you really loved. It reminded me of the time back in college when I couldn’t find a yoga bag I liked, so guess what I did? I made my own. And guess what we’re gonna do now. We’re gonna make our own!!! But this time. We’re doing it together :)
I’ve been in the lab developing tastes and textures alongside the chemists and it’s surely been a new experience! But I want you to be there with me. If we’re going to develop a great tasting blend with outstanding nutritional content together, I need you to tell me what you want. Last year you helped me design the first ever POP Pilates DVD cover and this year I want you to be a part of the protein powder design. Your input matters to me, because this is for you!
Please let me know in the comments below:
1. What flavor you’d like.
2. Do you have a protein preference? Whey, soy, brown rice, other?
3. What ingredients do you NOT want to see
4. What should it be called!!?
Yay! I am so excited that we are taking on this journey together! How cool is it to have an idea and then make it happen? I think it’s gonna be awesome working with you guys.