Sneak in more pumpkin into your fall foods while you still can.
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It's fall and you know what that means: pumpkin spice everything. But not all pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks are the same. Sure, you probably know there are other healthy ways to have pumpkin spice in your life besides the sugary coffee shop syrups (hello, pumpkin hummus!). But you probably didn't know that pumpkin-flavored eats don't necessarily have to be orange, right?

Proof is in this green pumpkin spice smoothie. The recipe, created by Corey Phelps, founder and creator of Cultivate365, an online fitness program for women, contains creamy, thick pumpkin purée but also spinach to transform your drink into a green health-boosting machine.

Plus, if you normally avoid the "green" section on the smoothie and juice menu, this is a great entry into that land because the pumpkin, banana, and vanilla bean powder add sweetness and eliminate grassiness.

You can add your fave dairy-free nut milk, or regular cow's milk if that works for you. Phelps adds collagen protein powder to help facilitate muscle recovery and "greens" superfood powder for an array of vitamins and minerals. You can find blending greens such as matcha, moringa, or wheatgrass, or a mixture of different combinations. Think of it as adding another bonus serving of veggies to your daily diet, or a great replacement if you struggle to get them all in on a regular basis. (Related: This Butternut Squash Smoothie Will Give You All the Fall Feels)

Pro tip: Pre-package the ingredients and store them in your freezer for easy access and blending when you're ready.

Green Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Serving: 1


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup nut milk of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 serving of collagen protein
  • 1 serving of greens superfood powder


1. Toss all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until desired smoothness.

2. Optional: Add drizzle of your favorite nut butter on top and sprinkle with pepitas.