As fall is approaching, I really wanted to design a smoothie recipe that will allow me to take advantage of all the great fall flavors and nutrition. Some of the things that come to mind – sweet potato, pumpkin, apples, ginger, cinnamon etc. Very warm flavors that are also guaranteed to provide me with a lot of fall nutrition.
I really do prefer to use pumpkin puree in this recipe since I don’t eat as much pumpkin in my daily diet. But if you can only get your hands on sweet potatoes, they will work just as great in this recipe too. Pumpkins are considered very nutrient dense. With very little calories, they can provide your body with a ton of essential vitamins and minerals. For example, pumpkin puree contains a ton of potassium that can help regulate your blood pressure. With the increasing stresses in our everyday lives, I am sure we can all use some help with regulating our blood pressure! Pumpkin puree also contains a lot of antioxidants (hence the bright orange color) that are beneficial to maintaining the health of your beautiful windows to the world – your eyes! 
Pumpkin puree is also an excellent source of good dietary fiber. Your body needs fiber to slow its rate of sugar absorption into your bloodstream and promote regular bowel movement to remove toxins. 1 cup of pumpkin puree can already provide you with almost 3 grams of dietary fiber. That’s 20% of the current recommended daily intake for a healthy adult.
I have also sneaked in a little bit of sunflower seed butter in this recipe. Sunflower seed butter is becoming more and more popular alternative to nut butters especially for those of us who are unfortunately allergic to nuts. It has a mild nutty undertone and is the perfect alternative to any recipe that calls for nut butters.
Make use of this recipe to try out some sunflower seed butter today and see if you like it. Feel free to substitute it with almond butter or cashew butter if that’s what you prefer.
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