This Butternut Squash Smoothie Will Give You All the Fall Feels
When fall comes around, you can't really help but consume anything and everything that reminds you of cozy sweaters, a warm fireplace, and colorful leaves falling. This means as much butternut squash as your stomach can handle. Puréed soups and roasted sides are great, but why limit yourself? Enter: this butternut squash smoothie recipe. (Try this pink beet latte for an energy boost in the mornings)
This smoothie recipe is not only delicious and everything you ever wanted from fall, but it also contains two scoops of collagen protein to help repair those tired muscles after a workout or get them ready to take on whatever the day brings. The ingredients in this recipe-created by Corey Phelps, founder and creator of Cultivate365, an online fitness program for women-are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which help your gut, skin, and joints. The chia seeds and the almond milk in this recipe will provide you with your omega-3 and a nice amount of protein. But the star ingredient is clearly the butternut squash: This in-season produce is an excellent way to squeeze some more veggies into your daily routine, mix up your typical fall flavor profile, and recycle leftover squash from a sheet pan meal. Bonus: You won't need ice or yogurt to thicken-the dense squash does the trick. (Related: The Surprising Way This Dietitian Uses Collagen Powder)
This is the perfect meal for when you overslept and need a quick breakfast, or a before- or after-workout snack. You can even use packaged pre-steamed butternut squash and keep it in the freezer for whenever you want to make the smoothie.
Butternut Squash Smoothie
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup almond milk
- 3/4 cup steamed then frozen butternut squash
- 2 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and cinnamon
- 2 scoops collagen protein
- Toss all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until you reach desired smoothness.
- Optional: Drizzle with nut butter, and sprinkle sunflower seeds on top.