Calling all fitness-minded pumpkin spice latte lovers! With PSL season upon us, there’s no shortage of options for fulfilling that craving. Our healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie offers something you won’t find elsewhere, though: an ingredient list perfectly calibrated to help you meet your workout goals. And, okay, we added a hint of something delectably decadent: marshmallow. To make this a vegan pumpkin spice latte smoothie, make sure to use marshmallows made without gelatin.
Ready In: 5 minutes
1 banana, frozen
1 cup pumpkin spice almond milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
1 tablespoon MCT oil
Place the banana in the canister of your blender or bowl of your food processor.
Pour in 1 cup of pumpkin spice almond milk.
Scoop in 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree.
Measure out 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows and add to the rest of the ingredients.
Finish it off with 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice blend and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil.
Enjoy this healthy pumpkin spice latte smoothie after a workout or any other time you get the urge.
Banana: if your muscles feel extra-sore after a workout, or you feel you’re not seeing the results you should for the amount of effort you’re putting it, that can indicate you’re not getting enough magnesium. Our bodies need this mineral for muscle contraction and relaxation, protein synthesis (which increases lean muscle mass), and lipolysis (which flushes out stored fat).
Almond milk: this plant-based milk is an excellent source of riboflavin, a nutrient that encourages protein metabolism—aka muscle growth. Flavor it up with pumpkin spice and you've got an extra tasty almond milk!
Pumpkin puree: a fiber-rich food with 3 grams in a single-cup serving, pumpkin can help you stay full longer.
Pumpkin spice blend: the exact ingredients vary, but you’ll typically find nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in this spice blend. In terms of benefits, you can look for less muscle pain and stiffness as well as improved circulation and oxygenation.
MCT oil: the fatty acids known as medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, can naturally enhance your athletic performance. Studies show they boost your endurance, allowing you to workout more intensely for longer periods of time.