Happy Halloween – Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Halloween!

I love sweets! Doesn’t everyone? Halloween is a sweet lover’s dream holiday from the candy to all of the seasonal deserts. Its easy to overindulge.  If you are trying to stay away from the sweets, I have a great recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth without ruing your diet.


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 min. Serves 1

  • ½ cup cooked pumpkin
  • ¾ cup almond/soy milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 dates, pitted or you can use  a few raisins
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (if you don’t have vanilla try using Very Vanilla Soy milk instead)

Add all the ingredients together in a blender and enjoy! FYI: I use the magic bullet blender. Loves it!


Benefits of Pumpkin & Hair Growth

Did you know ? Pumpkin seeds contain fatty oils with linoleic acid and oleic acid, both known to prevent cancer-causing cell production. They are also an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C. In addition, the seeds contain beneficial nutrients like zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. Perhaps most important to those suffering from hair loss, the seeds contain cucurbitin, a unique amino that may be responsible for pumpkin seeds’ effects on hair growth.

The oil from pumpkin seeds are believed to effect testosterone and androgen levels in the body. Lack of androgens in the
body is believed to be a primary cause of hair loss. Eating a handful of seeds a day can benefit in the fight for hair growth.