I’ve been wanting to share this smoothie for weeks, but just haven’t had the time. Between long days, finishing up my children’s yoga teacher training, work trainings, & ~ to top it all off ~ coming down with my first official cold of the season, my energy, or lack there of, has been directed in many, many places! I’ve been making this smoothie at last twice a week to keep myself going strong, & find it to be so warming & satisfying for breakfast. I sometimes need a break from my usual green smoothie habit, & this fall inspired concoction definitely hits the spot!
Our days here in San Diego have been slow to cool down, but we are getting there! Our nights & early mornings, however, have sung a different tune. It’s been chilly, at least for these parts, & I’ve been turning on the heater & wearing a jacket & scarf in the mornings when I walk the dog. Cool mornings call for a warming breakfast, but I typically crave a smoothie & a smoothie just sounds cold! What to do?
Ayurveda advises that our digestive fires should be balanced so that we can digest our meals efficiently & smoothly. To keep our digestive fires in balance, room temperature drinks are recommended, so there is nothing frozen in this glass. Digestive “agni” can be compared to a burning fire, & an ice cold drink is is like putting cold water the burning logs. What happens? It extinguishes the fire! So while that ice cold smoothie can be refreshing ~ especially in the hot summer ~ it certainly can cause your digestive system some discomfort. And after a long night’s rest we certainly want to ease our digestive systems back to work. Since fall is “Vata” time & the principals of Vata are cold, rough, & dry, a cold drink will only make us colder. So ditch the frozen fruit & add fresh, room temperature ingredients. It may not be as frothy as you’re used to, but your body (& hands!) will thank you.
I also tend toward Vata imbalance ~ anxiety, stress, indecisiveness & insomnia ~ which can only be aggrivated this time of year, so I need to be extra careful to stay warm, nourished & balanced. So, not only is this smoothie made at room temperature to keep the agni a glow, it is full of warming spices & grounding “Vata pacifying” ingredients such as oats, pumpkin, ginger & banana. Apples are not necessarily the best for Vata, per se, but they are in season, I love them & they add a wonderful natural sweetness here. Oooh & almond milk is very warming & grounding for Vata, so I love it this time of year in my tea, smoothies, & warmed on the stove with a few dashes of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon & clove for a pre bedtime treat.
Ah, but for the morning…this smoothie!
- 1 cup almond milk, preferably homemade
- ½ large (1 small) gala apple chopped
- ¼ cup organic pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup rolled oats (raw)
- ½ banana
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- splash of vanilla extract
- pinch of pink sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender & blend until smooth & creamy.
- Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top, or a few chopped walnuts & dried berries.
This nourishing breakfast treat is full of naturally sweet apples, vitamin rich pumpkin, creamy banana, hearty rolled oats, fresh ginger & pumpkin pie spice. This is a smoothie that is sure to satisfy on even the coldest fall mornings! The oats & banana give this smoothie a lot of richness, & the apple provides plenty of sweetness for my palate. However, if you crave something a bit sweeter add a date or a drizzle of raw honey.
Mmmmm…tastes like apple-pumpkin pie in a glass! Who wouldn’t want to start their morning off with pie?