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The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protection against heart disease, as well as some degenerative aspects of aging.

2/3 c pumpkin puree
1/3 c vanilla yogurt
2/3 c almond milk
1/2 ripe banana, frozen
1 t pumpkin pie spice
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
2 t brown sugar
1 scoop Protein Essentials hydrolyzed collagen

Add all the ingredients to your blender, mix until well blended and smooth. This smoothie also tastes great with a drizzle of pure maple syrup on top or a crumble topping like the one featured below.

Topping:
1/3 c brown sugar
2/3 c chopped pecans, divided
1 T ground flaxseed, sunflower & pumpkin seeds
1 T Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen
tiny pinch of salt

In a mini food processor combine brown sugar, 1/3 c pecans, flaxseed combo, collagen and a pinch of salt. Pulse. Pour into resealable container. Add remaining 1/3 cup chopped pecans. Add to smoothies, overnight oats, overnight chia seeds…..the topping ideas are endless. This high protein topping is delicious and versatile.

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