Howdy. Are you over all things pumpkin yet? I got a late start to the whole pumpkin spice everything this year. And truth be told, I just wasn’t feelin’ that vibe as much as I have in the past. Maybe it was because the weather was still so perfect and warm for awhile. Or maybe it was surgery. Or maybe it had something to do with turning 30. IDK. 

But….

Over the weekend I made this really great shake. It only happened because here I was Saturday leaving the gym, feeling a little sad because it was cold and I didn’t have my shake that morning…all because I ran out of the protein powder I had been using for my shakes. But then, out of nowhere, I had a revelation. I remembered that I had some SFH vanilla recovery protein at the house. AND I had some pumpkin in the form of a can in the pantry. I was also like, “Hey, this shake would be cool if it was extra frothy and creamy.”So, good thing I am all about that collagen. 

Awhile back, I made PaleOMG’s Vanilla Bean Sweet Cream Collagen Iced Coffee and I was introduced to how great of a concoction collagen is – if you’re in into all the FROTH, that is. 

I’ve been putting collagen in my coffee every morning for about a year now, I think? Maybe less than that.. I dunno. But it’s been awhile. Collagen has been a great supplement for me because not only does it supposably help with keeping my joints strong, it has also helped my hair to get really long and thick again (after that whole straightener accident I had a couple years ago when I fried my hair off and had to cut it short 🙂 Daniel and I like the Great Lakes brand- Collagen Hydrolysate. You can get it off Amazon. There are some more neat-o brands out there, for sure. But as far as value goes, this is pretty good.  

Waaayyyy back last year, I gave you this shake right here. I think I called it “Pumpkin Almond Butter Protein Shake.” It was good, for real. I was pretty hooked on it for awhile. Then, all the yerly pumpkin craziness wore off, and I kinda forgot about it. 

Anyway, back to this shake. I basically took a recipe of a shake l made last year, took out the almond butter, and added the collagen. It was good. 

This shake is great for right after a workout. The low sugar carbs from the pumpkin are great too right after a workout. Low sugar carbs after a workout are great because they help to restore your body’s glycogen stores, and replace what it just lost while you KYS’d on the gym floor. I recommend it with vanilla protein, but if you try it with chocolate, or mocha, or cookies and cream, or peanut butter, then let me know. Just don’t try it with strawberry flav. That would be gross ( I think). 

 

Creamy Collagen Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

 

Serves 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup water (use almond milk if you have to, but you don’t need it).

  • 3/4 cup ice cubes – (Feel free to experiment with this. You may need more or less). 

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used SFH – Vanilla Recovery). 

  • 2 tbsp collagen (I used the Great Lakes brand I linked above from Amazon). 

  • 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, or maybe even your neighborhood Publix, who knows?!?) 

Instructions: 

  • Throw all ingredients in a nutri bullet or blender. 

  • Blend it up until pureed and smooth.  

  • Top with extra pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon