Pumpkin pie smoothie

This smoothie, with all the flavours of pumpkin pie is a foretaste of the Thanksgiving feasting to come.  It is also good for you.  Pumpkin, oats and banana are good sources of soluble and non-soluble fibre. Fibre is important for gut health and it also helps lower cholesterol which reduces the risk of heart disease. Pumpkin is also a good source of beta-carotene, which helps keep your mucus membranes healthy which is important at this time of year to help ward off colds and flu.  The banana provides sweetness without adding sugar to the smoothie. The spices are not only warming but have many benefits for your health.  Please see 'Cinnamon - the blood sugar balancer- https://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/cinnamon-blood-sugar-balancer.html and 'Superfood -ginger'-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/superfood-ginger.html

So enjoy this guilt-free treat or Thanksgiving breakfast.

You will need
Serves 1 generously

150g peeled and de-seeded weight pumpkin, chopped
1 large banana, peeled, chopped and frozen
30g oats
200ml organic unsweetened soya milk or soya milk sweetened with apple juice if you have a sweet tooth.
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp allspice

Place the pumpkin in a high speed blender and puree.  Add the remaining ingredients and whiz together.  Divide between two glasses and serve.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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