Layered Pumpkin and Spirulina Smoothie

Am I the only one who roasts too much pumpkin? Autumn seems to be all about beta-carotene, and every few days I bake another batch of orange awesomeness. I’ve already used it in salads, curries, soups, and oatmeal, so I had to come up with something new to refresh our autumn menu. This lovely idea came to me this morning, when I was preparing the hemp milk for our smoothies. How about replacing the banana with pumpkin puree to make a delicious smoothie with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits?

It turned out to be a really good idea – the pumpkin added a discrete sweet taste and a creamy texture to our smoothies. I don’t like a super-sweet combination, but I always use fruits and bananas to hide the taste of some of the superfoods I add. This time, I added spirulina and maca powder, so I needed an ingredient with personality to overwhelm their flavors, and I think pumpkin was the best choice.

Pumpkin-Chia-Smoothie

This smoothie is a meal itself, and will keep you full for quite a long time. Besides the health benefits of pumpkin, the superfoods I added to my smoothie created a real powerhouse cocktail – antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids:

Pumpkin – is great source of carotenoid antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Spirulina – is more than 65 percent protein and amino-acids, contains essential fatty acids (omega-3, 6, and 9), chlorophyll – a powerful detox catalyst and a booster of the immune system, minerals (especially calcium), and vitamins (especially the B-complex).

Maca powder – relieves menstrual issues, balances hormone production, and energizes.

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Hemp milk – contains quality protein, calcium, and essential fatty acids.

 

You can replace hemp milk with any other vegan milk you prefer – I think the sweet flavor of coconut milk would be a wonderful addition to this combination. You can also add other superfoods, like pollen.

Super-Food-Smoothie

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5 from 1 vote

Layered Pumpkin Spirulina Smoothie

A lovely colored autumn smoothie, loaded with powerful nutrients for a kick start of your mornings.
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Raw
Servings: 2
Author: The Awesome Green

Ingredients

  • 2 cups hemp milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree homemade or canned
  • 1 tbsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp organic raw honey
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds to garnish

Instructions

  • Blend 1 cup hemp milk with pumpkin puree to obtain a smooth liquid.
  • Distribute evenly into the serving glasses.
  • Add the rest of the milk in the blender together with the spirulina, maca and honey, and pulse to combine.
  • Pour over the pumpkin layer, sprinkle chia seeds on top and serve.
  • Mix to combine before consuming.

Notes

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8 Comments
  • Alma
    October 27, 2014

    Just came across your food blog and I had to leave a comment because I posted almost all your recipes on my pinterest account and your food looks just delicious!
    Also, your pictures are wonderful!
    I look forward to more vegetarian recipes 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Alma <3

    • Ana
      October 27, 2014

      Awww, thanks so much, I’m really happy you liked my photos!

  • The Blonde Chef
    October 30, 2014

    5 stars
    Wow! This just looks and sounds amazing! I’ve never worked with hemp milk or spirulina but now I’m curious! Yum!

    • Ana
      October 31, 2014

      Aubrie, you definitely have to try the hemp milk, it’s delicious! Thanks for your visit!

  • Ariana
    November 17, 2014

    LOVE the colour combination!! As mentioned above, all of your recipes are mouth watering! And I love all the pumpkin!! 🙂

    • Ana
      November 18, 2014

      Thanks Ariana, your recipes are also an inspiration! XO

  • Natalia
    November 22, 2014

    Cat de bine arata!

    • Ana
      November 22, 2014

      Multumesc, Natalia!

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