Here is another way to get the high nutritional value of pumpkin, along with 2 other very good protein sources – by making a delicious high protein, low calorie, pumpkin pie smoothie. And protein smoothies are a great way to go beyond whey protein shakes, for better nutrition and taste.
In this recipe, I am mixing low fat Greek Yogurt [I have found plain flavor that only has 9 grams of sugar] with my protein powder blend, instead of the cottage cheese I use in a microwave protein cake.
Besides liking cottage cheese better in a recipe that is going to be heated, and Greek yogurt if it is going to be cold, like a smoothie – if you microwave Greek yogurt, you will end up killing any of the live probiotics it contains..
Adjust the quantity of different spices to your taste – I have not had any problem with tasting the ‘tang’ in the Greek yogurt.
And I also throw 5-6 ice cubes into the blender to make it thicker – be careful that you don’t blend it too long and make it water.
- 2 scoops BioTrust Vanilla Protein
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin
- 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt – non-fat
- 1 cup Almond Milk – unsweetened
- 1/2 tsp Allspice
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 300 calories – 38.50 grams protein 13.50 net grams carbohydrates [23.5g carbs-10g fiber] 5.50 grams fat
BioTrust Vanilla Protein
I think that BioTrust makes the ‘Cadillac’ of protein powders. It is a 100% all natural, hormone-free, balanced blend of 4 different proteins – and I have to say it is also the best tasting vanilla protein powder I have tried.
Low-Carb Time-Released Protein Blend:
- 100% All-Natural, Hormone-Free
- No Artificial Colors, Sweeteners or Flavors
- Time-Released Four-Protein Blend
- Only 4g of Net Carbs Per Serving
And this protein powder has ProHydrolase, which is a patented blend of specialized enzymes designed to dramatically enhance the ability of the body to break down, absorb, and utilize whey protein.
Article by Barry Lutz