Recipe: Pumpkin Vanilla Chilla Smoothie

Pumpkin is one of winter’s nutrition superstars! A one cup serving provides about 25% of the RDA for iron and approximately 1,906 micrograms of Vitamin A. It also has about 15% of the RDA for Vitamin E and 30% of the RDA for fiber. Those stats are so good it sounds like I’m making them up. But I’m not! Pumpkin is pretty darn good for you and this is a healthier way to incorporate it into your diet than demolishing a piece of pumpkin pie. Cinnamon has been shown in a study by the American Diabetes Association to improve glucose and lipids in the blood. In a study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, ginger was found to stimulate digestion and soothe the stomach. Maca may promote hormonal and adrenal health while flax seed and hemp seed offer up omega fatty acids and additional fiber and protein.

  • 12 oz Suja Vanilla Cloud
  • 1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin (look for a brand with a BPA free can)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1T ground flax seed
  • 1T hemp seed
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maca

Throw all ingredients into a blender and whip it good!

Vanilla Chilla

Vanilla Chilla

Vanilla Chilla

Annie Lawless

Annie Lawless

Annie Lawless, Co-Founder of Suja Juice and Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC), developed a passion for health and nutrition as a teenager after years of managing her own food sensitivities. She saw her health vastly improve when she began juicing and following a modified organic diet. Annie strengthened her knowledge for health and nutrition through her work as a yoga instructor and during her training at the Integrative Institute for Nutrition to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. When not in the kitchen or on the road, Annie spearheads consumer education for Suja, which ranges from blogging on behalf of the brand, sharing her innovative recipe creations on Suja’s social media platforms and her personal favorite, one-on-one interaction with Suja fans.