Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pumpkin-Banana Smoothie

I've heard the terms "paleo" and "primal" a lot over the last few months. I didn't think much of it, but recently became intrigued when a wonderful friend who struggled with gluten-intolerance went paleo and not only lost weight, but shared how much better she felt.  Lately, I've been feeling a little run-down and flabby and as I'm sliding downhill towards my 30th birthday in a few months, I want to be healthy and have more energy.  I was on the fence, until I read the book 21-Day Paleo Cleanse by Neely Quinn (one of the many awesome paleo/healthy eating cookbooks in the Harvest Your Health Ebook Bundle).  She has great information about the diet as well as three weeks of three meals a day recipes!

After some hemming and hawing on the part of my husband, we went paleo (mostly) a week and a half ago and have been gnoshing on amazing meals like this:

In the past week and a half, I've lost almost 4 pounds and my husband's lost five.  We've been without caffeine (eek!) for that long and I feel so. much. better.  It is difficult to describe how much peppier and healthier I feel.

I can't give away any of the book's awesome recipes, but I am sharing one of my own.  I was inspired by the use of coconut milk in smoothies (way more filling long-term than normal yogurt and milk smoothies), and since I'm not drinking pumpkin spice lattes right now (too much sugar, dairy and caffeine), I decided to try a pumpkin smoothie instead!

Here's the amazing recipe (approved by my husband and daughter):

Paleo Pumpkin-Banana Smoothie
1 can pumpkin
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup Coconut Dream coconut drink
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 banana

Puree all of the ingredients together and serve it with a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top!

I love it, no chopping, no prep, super easy and quick.  Pumpkin is amazingly healthy for you, the Coconut Dream coconut milk has a bunch of added nutrients, while the banana and coconut milk add creaminess and keep you full!  And its dairy-free!

Interested in more smoothie or healthy recipes?  Interested in the paleo diet?  Find out more here!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing at our All Things Thursday blog hop! I've passed this recipe onto a friend who recently went paleo too ;)


  2. I am obsessed with all things pumpkin AND coconut, so I am going to have to make this next week. Thank you for sharing!

  3. This recipe looks delicious!! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. New Follower!

  4. A great smoothie for the season, can't wait to taste it. Hope you are having a fun weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  5. This would be my hubby's favorite. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. That looks delicious! I am a big banana fan, I'll have to try it!
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