Welp, Fall is here. It is what it is. Summer is gone, but obviously still on our minds since the weather hasn’t changed too much. It’s not that I don’t like fall. A lot of good comes with it. But fall means WINTER IS COMING. And for that, I’m not a huge fan.
Next to college football, pumpkin everything is a reason to celebrate fall. I love incorporating pumpkin into our food. I’ve got a mean pumpkin chicken chili soup recipe I’ll share at some point. But it’s too hot for that right now.
So, here’s the thing. I love protein shakes. Sometimes it’s just what I need to get through a workout…like a reward or whatever. And I’m cool with that. I tell myself that I need to finish my workout so I can get that shake. The thing about recovery protein shakes is you’re supposed to take them right after you workout to get the full benefits. You just mix it with water in your blender bottle, shake it up, and there ya go. But sometimes (maybe 10% of the time, if I’m going straight home after a workout) I mix mine with blueberries, ice, and water, and throw it in the nutribullet, and it’s almost perfection.
So, today I wasn’t supposed to workout. And don’t worry, I didn’t really. Although I watched Daniel workout and my friend Jackie workout– such torture. But I didn’t do it guys! But I went outside and did a little bit of active recovery on a rower and an assault bike. Just so I could break a sweat. Just so I could have a recovery shake. Just so I could try out this recipe for you. So, you’re welcome.
So, if you’re looking to change up your protein shakes, and if you love all things pumpkin, try this out!
Pumpkin Almond Butter Protein Shake
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (We use Progenex – Recovery Tropical Vanilla, and it’s da bomb).
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice – optional. (You can get this at whole foods or trader joe’s, but we didn’t have any 🙁
3/4 cup water (use almond milk if you have to, but you don’t need it, and most of that is crap anyway).
3/4 cup ice cubes – (Feel free to experiment with this. You may need more or less).
Throw all ingredients in a nutri bullet or blender.
Blend it up until pureed and smooth.
Notes: Sorry I said mean things about almond milk. It’s not the worse thing for you. But it has weird ingredients, and most people think they need to add milk to shakes to make it better. In reality, you don’t need it. I promise. This shake is already thick and creamy without it.