Guess what I recently realized?
It may sound like blasphemy in the blog world at this time of year, but….
I don’t really like pumpkin all that much.
I do like it in savory dishes, but as for the sweet pumpkin flavor that is everywhere you look at the moment, I’m just not a huge fan anymore. I guess I used to be, because as I was sifting through my recipes I found several that I blogged about last year.
My taste buds must have changed in my old age. First I start liking coconut, then I start disliking pumpkin?
So, what is one to do when they have been dubbed The Queen of Halloween, is planning several festive functions to celebrate the greatest day of the year, and the idea of one more pumpkin flavored thing is enough to make them go batty?
They make a smoothie.
An orange-colored, delicious tasting, perfect-for-a-healthy-Halloween menu smoothie. With no pumpkin in sight.
(Except a jack-o-lantern or two!)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: –
Keywords: raw beverage breakfast snack gluten-free vegan sugar-free carrots orange Halloween fall summer
Ingredients (Makes 2 servings)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1 banana, peeled and frozen
- 1 large carrot, top removed
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vanilla brown rice protein powder (I use Sun Warrior)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Don’t worry, as The Queen of Halloween, I am all for a festive treat or two during the Halloween season–a few handfuls of candy corn here and there are not going to kill anyone. But bag after bag of candy corn and Hershey’s Fun Size bars, and pumpkin cupcakes and bat-shaped cookies with black frosting and green jello with gummy worms sticking out of it and white chocolate covered donut holes that look like eyeballs all on the same day is just. too. much. The month of October should be filled with fun, not diabetes!
Yes, Halloween can be done healthy.
There are plenty of real food items that can dress your Halloween table with all the festive fun this day deserves.
I have a few more ideas in store, so stay tuned! But don’t worry, I am not going this far: