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Pumpkin Spice Smoothies

Canned pure pumpkin is one of my favorite clean eating ingredients. I add it to muffins to add flavor and nutrition, or use it to make a quick and simple pumpkin soup. Smoothies are another great use for pumpkin, as long as you opt for smart ingredients and serving size. Most pumpkin smoothies are really decadent, designed to taste like pumpkin pie in a glass. Here’s a lighter, less sweet version of a pumpkin smoothie recipe. Apple cider and plain yogurt lend a tartness that complements the pumpkin. Coconut milk, spices and pure maple syrup round out the flavor.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothies

Pumpkin Spice Smoothies
1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 cup ice cubes

Add apple cider, pumpkin, yogurt, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla to blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Add ice; cover and blend until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses.

Makes 2 servings (1 1/4 cups each)

Tip: Plain yogurt offers a tart, bright flavor to this smoothie. If you prefer a sweeter version, make with vanilla yogurt or add a little more maple syrup.

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