Loving the BITE: Delicious Pumpkin Smoothie

Remove the seeds from the pumpkin.  Wipe off excess pulp and moisture.  Spread in single layer on paper bag overnight to dry out completely. Then, place seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Roast at 160-170°F (about 75°C) for 15-20 minutes. By first allowing them to dry, then roasting at a low temperature for a short time better preserves the healthy oils and nutrients (compared to higher heat and longer roasting).

The more I work with cyclists, the more I am absolutely convinced that a diet high in foods and nutrients that combat inflammation, toxins and oxidative stress makes a huge difference in overall energy, endurance, stamina, recovery, health, metabolism and fat loss.  This week, you’ve got a delicious breakfast smoothie and delicious snack.  Loads of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.  Not bad for a holiday decoration.

Fuel Your Ride.  Nourish Your Body.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelli-Myers-Jennings/571783190 Kelli Myers Jennings

    You’re very welcome Luanna – hope this one works out better for you!

  • Luanna Moorewood

    This looks so tasty.  I made a pumpkin smoothie once before but it didn’t include a lot of the things you have in your recipe.  Maybe that’s why it didn’t taste very good.  Just like Anita, I would like to thank you for providing us with the reasons why these ingredients are good for us.

  • Anita

    Wonderful.  I was just thinking about what exciting recipes I could try with this year’s pumpkins.  Thank you Kelli for these recipes.  I think you are a dear for educating us all on how all these regular foods have so many benefits.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelli-Myers-Jennings/571783190 Kelli Myers Jennings

      Thank you, Anita! I think that’s the key: there’s a lot of goodness for us in whole, natural, regular foods.  Hope you enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/DAKIR17 DAKIR

    I like this one.  I’m going to share this with my friends for sure.  Thank You.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelli-Myers-Jennings/571783190 Kelli Myers Jennings

      Thanks Dakir!  We hope you and your friend enjoy it!

  • Jane Peters

    I never realized how much good nutrition can be found in pumpkin.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but that pumpkin smoothie recipe sounds incredible.  I can’t wait to try it.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I agree with you Jane.  I never would have thought to make Pumpkin into a smoothie, but man does it look good.  We always make pumpkin seeds so that one is a given, but I know I’ll be making the smoothies as well.  Let me and Kelli know what you think of the Pumpkin smoothie.