Try Some Warm Spices


‘Tis the season. No, not that season – not yet, please!

Happy Halloween. It’s my least favorite ‘holiday’ but I know many of you look forward to this day. I love the fall season, and most things pumpkin, so I’ll meet you halfway.

I’ve been drinking my breakfast for a while now, as long as I have my blender. This past weekend we were in New Hampshire, so I loaded up on carbs instead. This morning it felt good to return to my usual routine. For autumn, a favorite starts with a banana (just break it into a few pieces and toss it in your blender), about 1/3 of a can of organic pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!). A few ice cubes if you like your drink cold, and at least a cup of some sort of milk. I use unsweetened almond or cashew milk. I always add a scoop of protein powder – these days it’s PLNT brand vanilla pea protein powder. Now…..warm it up with your spices!

Cinnamon can lower your blood pressure, your blood sugar, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger is a natural antioxidant and improves circulation.

Cloves aid in digestion and help protect your liver.

Pumpkin pie spice contains cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.

I top it all off with organic bee pollen, which is a superfood that is rich in protein and vitamins.


My Other Favorite Breakfast

Don’t call it a smoothie! I hate that word (and veggie, hoodie, onesie, you get it – the dumbing down of language). Anyway…..

Yesterday I posted a photo of one of my two go-to blender breakfasts (beets and bee pollen!). This is my other favorite, and if you like pumpkin pie, you’ll want to make this one.

Start with that sliced frozen banana (half a banana works fine). Open up a can of pumpkin. I like Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin and use 1/3 of the can. Add your milk. I use unsweetened almond or cashew milk, but it’s your choice. At least a cup, more if you need it.

Yesterday I mentioned PLNT brand plant-based protein powder. I use vanilla for some shakes, but the chocolate version is so good! So add a scoop. I’m liberal with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. These ‘warm’ spices are so good for you. And, of course, top it off with a sprinkling of bee pollen, just because you should.

These two blender drinks will get you going in the morning, with plenty of good protein, low fat and sugar, low carb, and tremendous satisfaction. Cheers!

Note: I didn’t mention kale in either post, but I do toss it in occasionally. To save kale, freeze it! Eliminates the need for ice.

Got Pumpkin?

I’ve been a poor blogger lately, but with good reason – my sixth novel is nearly finished!  I’m down to my last twelve pages of rewrites, and have devoted much of this past summer to that task, so that the book will be out by November. And here we are at the end of September, so what better way to take a break than with some pumpkin talk?

It’s here, it’s seemingly everywhere. Pumpkin-spice (insert brand here). marshmallowsIngredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Modified Cornstarch, Dextrose, Water, Gelatin, Contains Less Than 2% of Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (Whipping Aid), Natural And Artificial Flavor, Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1.

OreoIngredients: Sugar, Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate (Vitamin B1) Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid, Palm and/or Canola Oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cornstarch, Salt, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Artificial Color (Yellow 5 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Blue 3 Lake), Paprika Oleoresin (Color)WheatsIngredients: Whole grain wheat, sugar, contains 2% or less of brown rice syrup, cinnamon, ginger, gelatin, nutmeg, allspice, annatto extract color, natural flavor, BHT for freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Reduced iron, niacinamide, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, vitamin B1 (thiamin hydrochloride), zinc oxide, vitamin B12.And how about that pumpkin-spice latte? This is what you might get:

DD pumpkin syrupIngredients: Skim Milk, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Brown Sugar, Caramel Color, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Salt.

How about you make your own? Here’s my favorite fall breakfast:

pumpkin smoothie

  • 1/2 banana, frozen (50 cal)
  • 1/2 scoop PLNT protein powder (chocolate or vanilla) (55 cal)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (50 cal)
  • 1 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk (45 cal)
  • pumpkin pie spice (however much you want)

Blend it and love it! Here’s the nutrition information: 200 calories, 5g fat, 27g carb, 12g protein

And the best part? It’s real.