Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie + Breaking Vegan!

Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe! Enjoy this healthy pumpkin recipe as a dessert or snack year round with canned pumpkin!

So many of us want better health. We want to lose weight so we change what we eat; we add a fitness routine; we start paying attention to every ingredient in our food. But what happens when we go too far? What happens when our health quest starts to consume our thoughts, actions, and emotions?

These are the questions that author, blogger, and also an amazing friend of mine, Jordan Younger, faced when she realized that the extreme vegan lifestyle she had adopted in the name of better health was no longer serving her, and instead, she was slipping into an eating disorder.  

Breaking Vegan book by Jordan Younger

Jordan is the blogger behind The Balanced Blonde. I met her about 6 months ago when she came to New York City, and since then, we’ve become incredibly close. We had the kind of first lunch date that started with small talk and quickly descended into shared fears and triumphs and love. All good friendships are like that, aren’t they? She’s one of the kindest, most supportive people I know–someone who fills me up even over text.

Jordan Younger The Balanced Blonde

This past month, Jordan released her memoir, Breaking Vegan, to share her personal story of recovering from an eating disorder and ultimately finding balance. The title speaks to her need to break free from the label she had given herself, both personally and on the internet with her first blog name, “The Blonde Vegan” (and with labels in general), and also a breaking free from the extreme degree to which she was practicing veganism. Her story is vulnerable, honest, and brave

 

Even though my journey isn’t quite the same as Jordan’s, I related on so many levels. In my own memoir, I talk about how, after I lost 135 pounds, I was terrified of regaining weight and how that fear led me downward into an eating disorder. I clung to the diet that got me there–the calorie counting, the running. I became obsessed. The same diet that set me free was now shackling me. I was rigid and homebound–unable to end a day without a run, or go out with friends, especially for drinks, because I was scared of how many calories I might end up eating.

 

I might have heard about balance before, but only when I found myself crying in my car, head against the steering wheel, dreading the run I just had to do after work, did I realize it was time to start finding it. That day in the car, I pulled my keys from the ignition, wiped my snotty nose, and asked myself, What the hell am I doing? Is this the life I wanted?

I quit running that day. Quit and never went back. I took the big, scary risk that I might re-gain 5 pounds, 10 pounds…and accepted them. Because the thinness I’d worked so hard for…that I was running miles to maintain…and staying home to keep safe? I couldn’t keep trading my happiness for it. 
In a sense, Jordan and I have learned the same major lesson: that health and happiness go hand-in-hand, and that one can’t matter more than the other. And even though I might know it, I need all the reminders I can get in this life. Her book is about self-acceptance and taking the risk to find your own way–not because it’s cool, but because we have to…because we’re worth big risks.

 

Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Jordan’s book also has a bunch of delicious good-for-you recipes, too! This pumpkin spice smoothie is my new favorite breakfast and dessert. I just can’t tell if it’s weird to have it twice a day. It’s filled with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, almond milk, almond butter for creaminess, a handful of kale (can’t even taste it!), and an optional scoop of plant-based protein powder, if you want to add some staying power. I like to add a spoonful of chia seeds, too, for texture. It’s fall in a glass, friends.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Makes: 1 Smoothie

Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

A pumpkin smoothie with cinnamon, greens, and almond butter for staying power! This fall-spiced smoothie is perfectly cozy for fall, but since it's made with canned pumpkin you can enjoy it year-round!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup fresh spinach or kale
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup ice
  • a few pinches cinnamon
  • 1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder, optional (recommended: vanilla Vega One)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds, optional

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly and enjoy!

Nutrition Information & Notes:

Nutrition Information WITHOUT protein powder: Calories 190, Fat 12.5g, Sat Fat 0.9g, Sodium 217.5mg, Carb 17.7g, Fiber 10.7g, Sugars 5g, Protein 7.5g

Recipe by Jordan Younger, from Breaking Vegan

http://www.andiemitchell.com/sugar-free-pumpkin-spice-smoothie/

Get yourself a copy of Jordan’s inspiring book, Breaking Vegan. Check out her blog and find her being lovely on Instagram.

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8 thoughts on “Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie + Breaking Vegan!

  1. Barely Vegan

    It’s sooo easy to become obsessed with weight loss once you start seeing results. This is why I focus more on healing my body with good, whole, plant foods and very little processed foods. Weight loss just comes with the territory when you eat this way. My clients who follow this way of eating always end up losing weight, but it’s more like a nice surprise…you know, icing on the cake, since it’s not the MAIN focus. Her book sounds amazing. I saw it at Barnes & Nobles the other day and made a note to get it the next time. And this smoothie!! GAAAH!! I am a smoothie FIEND and I will most certainly be making this for breakfast. Delicious!

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  3. Carol Hansen

    Hey Andie,

    I am so excited to read her book! I am in that stage of soaking up all I can learn and read in this area! Interestingly I posted about this very thing in my blog today! The torment I put myself in for years in order to loose weight I love all the awareness that is coming out about this kind of freedom and for me you are the leader!! I am so thankful to your blog and book that I identified so much with that has led me on this new, exciting, hard and fun journey!!! xoxoxo

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  4. Hootie

    Her Instagram is awesome :) yes, I love being vulnerable with people too and can definitely relate to disordered eating. I’m currently watching an episode of good eats w Alton brown that recorded yesterday (bc I’m about a decade late discovering this show) and the episode is about cranberries and he talked about them being grown in Mass :)

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  6. Cinnamon Vogue

    Wow this pumpkin smoothie looks fabulous. The Chia seeds are an inspired touch. I bet it gives a nice crunch to offset the smoothness of the smoothie as well as adding another layer of taste. Of course the Cinnamon is the crowing touch. Love that photograph. So well done.

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