In celebration of Thanksgiving day today, it’s time to be grateful for this amazing planet, the wonderful family, friends and people that surround us, the incredible living creatures that co-habit with us—and the bountiful food that this extraordinary earth brings. With that being said, let us also be very thankful for health and happiness—and honor our bodies with nutritious, natural foods.
To celebrate this festive day of food and giving thanks, I’ve been inspired to create two healthy but truly tasty recipes that will compliment your Thanksgiving feasts—and also fuel you on this very busy day of cooking and entertaining.
I’ve whipped up a Butternut Squash Protein Smoothie that’s filled with fiber, will nourish you and keep you satisfied as a snack while you wait to have Thanksgiving dinner, and a Pumpkin Protein Pecan Pudding that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the heavy calorie dessert drawbacks, all made using my fave wellness products from Garden of Life and my kitchen virtuoso, my Vitamix 780 blender.
For both my recipes I used Garden of Life’s RAW Organic Protein which is an incredibly smooth and delicious plant protein shake that’s Certified USDA Organic, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified—and made from good-for-you whole foods, all dairy- and soy-free. Plus, its ONLY 100 calories, sugar-free, and packs an amazing 22 grams of clean, organic protein as well as 4 grams of branch chain amino acids to keep you healthy and strong without adding to your waistline!
RAW Organic Protein contains a wholesome blend of 14 organic grains, seeds, and legumes along with a powerful RAW Probiotic & Enzyme Blend—of 1 Billion CFU’s of beneficial probiotics combined with 12 enzymes—which balance your body and aid in digestion, making it a truly well-rounded formula that’s filled with everything needed to power up your health and optimize your nutrition.
Garden of Life’s RAW Organic Protein is available in Vanilla, Chocolate Cacao, Vanilla Spiced Chai, and Unflavored, all available at gardenoflife.com.
So scroll down below to see my Thanksgiving recipes to eat healthfully delicious.
Butternut Squash Protein Smoothie
INGREDIENTS (serves 1):
1 cup Almond Milk
1 tablespoon of Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Prebiotic Fiber in Citrus
1/2 cup of Organic Butternut Squash puree
1 whole banana (medium to large)
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
4 ice cubes (optional, gives the smoothie a nice chilled and creamy consistency)
1 teaspoon of RAW unsalted pumpkin seeds (to use as topping)
Pour all ingredients into blender in the order listed above (except for the RAW unsalted pumpkin seeds) and blend.
Pour into a cup, then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of RAW unsalted pumpkin seeds to use as nutritional topping.
Pumpkin Protein Pecan Pudding
INGREDIENTS (Serves 4):
2 cups Coconut Milk
2 scoops Garden of Life RAW Organic Protein in Vanilla
1 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup (used to slightly sweeten the pudding)
1 cup organic frozen mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
1/4 cup of Pecans (to use as nutritional topping after blending. You can also substitute and add your fave nuts like almonds or walnuts)
1 tablespoon of dried cranberries (to use as a tangy topping to balance out the pudding’s sweetness)
Pour all ingredients into blender in the order listed above, except for the pecans and dried cranberries RAW unsalted pumpkin seeds. Blend.
Pour and evenly distribute into 4 small dessert bowls, then sprinkle the ¼ cup of Pecans and 1 tablespoon of cranberries equally as topping for added nutritional value and crunchy-tangy texture.
Place in freezer for 20 minutes, or place inside of refrigerator for 40 minutes. Then serve chilled and enjoy.