Velvety Autumn Squash Smoothie

Ward off coughs and sniffles while making the most of the seasonal abundance of squash with this richly-flavored wellness smoothie. To make our Velvety Autumn Squash Smoothie, we blended acorn squash with coffee, coconut cream, pepitas, and chocolate-covered almonds. The result is an immune-boosting smoothie with an unbelievably decadent taste and texture.

If you don’t have a high-powered blender or food processor, you’ll want to use either very small pieces of raw squash, or cooked squash. Otherwise it won’t fully integrate with the rest of the ingredients.

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 Minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup acorn squash

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1/2 cup cold brew coffee concentrate

  • 1/4 cup coconut creamer

  • 1 tablespoon pepitas

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate-covered almonds

Instructions
  1. Place 1/2 cup of acorn squash in your blender or food processor.

  2. Add 1 frozen banana.

  3. Pour in 1/2 cup of cold brew coffee concentrate and 1/4 cup of coconut creamer.

  4. Finish with 1 tablespoon of pepita and 1 tablespoon of chocolate-covered almonds.

  5. Blend until you have a tantalizingly velvety smoothie. Don't forget to top with some cacao nibs if you're craving an extra chocolate kick!

Health Benefits
  1. Acorn squash: what could make for more of an autumn smoothie than making acorn squash the main ingredient? Plus, acorn squash contains immense amounts of vitamin C, and upping your intake of this famous immune-booster can help you ward off colds, flu, and other bugs. If you’re already feeling under the weather, its antibacterial and antiviral effects can prevent you from developing complications, like pneumonia.

  2. Banana: eating just one banana gets you a good share of the vitamin B6 you need for the day, which helps your immune system function as efficiently as possible as well as supporting digestive health.

  3. Cold brew coffee: offers up a wealth of antioxidants, chlorogenic acid, in particular. These natural anti-inflammatories are vital to maintaining your overall well-being. Some experts think cold brew contains even higher levels of antioxidants than hot coffee does.

  4. Coconut cream: contains a potent source of fatty acids, including lauric acid, that fight off the viral agents that cause flu, measles, and more. They can also help your body rid itself of bacteria that cause throat infections and pneumonia, among other illnesses.

  5. Pepitas: are loaded with zinc, which your body needs to help keep your immune system strong. Zinc deficiency is common, so especially if you’re feeling a bit run down, you’ll want to maximize your dietary intake.

  6. Chocolate-covered almonds: a recent study found that compounds in almond skins (polyphenols, most likely) can improve the ability of your white blood cells to detect viruses, as well as your body’s ability to prevent viruses from replicating and spreading inside the body. And chocolate has been linked to increased activation of T cells, the white blood cells that fight off infection.

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