In the morning, after I’ve changed the ridiculous-bundle-of-energy-when-she-first-wakes-up toddler’s diaper and after my somniferous haze has slightly lifted, our conversation usually goes like this:
Me: Do you want to go downstairs for breakfast?
Me: What do you want to eat?
P: Cor! Cor! Cor! [translation: corn. Her new culinary obsession.]
Me: Okay, fine, you can have some corn, but what else do you want?
P: Cor! Cor!
Me: Yes, yes. You can have some corn. Would you like a smoothie too?
P: Ssssooo! Ssssooo! [translation: smoothie]
Me: Great! Who’s going to put the strawberries in the blender?
P: Pssss! [translation: Philomena. Explanation of this oddity here.]
Me: Who’s going to put in the banana?
Me: Who’s going to put in the spinach?
Me: Who’s going to pour in the milk?
And so begins our day.
I don’t know why I told you all of that…but, the point is little people love their routines, and smoothies are part of ours. And corn too, of course…but, I didn’t think you would need detailed directions on how I prepare her frozen corn. [Okay, okay. I run hot water over it until it’s unfrozen. So there.]
Anyway, as I said before, I am completely cliche and faaaaaaar from unique in my love for pumpkin, the king of autumn foods.
The other morning I broke from our usual smoothie routine and attempted a pumpkin one. It was delicious! And healthy! And easy!
I thought you might like the recipe. You know, to eat after your morning bowl of corn.
Pumpkin Pie “Green” Smoothie
recipe adapted from Healthful Pursuit
1 cup milk of choice* [I used homemade almond milk, and it was fantastic.]
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 of a banana
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
a handful of spinach* [maybe 3/4 cup?]
a handful of ice
optional– 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Put all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste. Add a little more maple syrup or pumpkin spice, if necessary.
* Recipe notes: This makes a fairly thin consistency, so if you prefer your smoothies thicker, just use less milk and/or more ice. Also, the spinach is totally optional; however, it really doesn’t affect the pumpkin flavor, and it adds lots of nutrients!