Autumn Spice Protein Shake

8 oz hot water
2 Tea Bags of Rooibos Tea, steeped
1/2 C Pumpkin Puree’
1/2 Banana
1 Apple cored
1/4 tsp  Cinnamon ground
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 serving vanilla protein powder…check out the Kathy Smith Protein Shake!

Warm water just to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 5-8 minutes. Discard the tea bags.
In a high speed blender, add the tea mixture, pumpkin, banana, apple, cinnamon and vanilla. Blend starting on low speed, then increase to high speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down the blender. Blend again until smooth, about 20 more seconds. Taste to see if you prefer more cinnamon here. If so, add a 1/8 tsp more and blend for a few seconds. I added up to a total of 1/2 tsp.
Serve right away, or chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour if serving chilled. If serving warm, gently warm it on the stove just to steaming.
It’s freshest served right away, but will keep in the fridge for at least two days.

If a thinner smoothie is what you prefer, add a few Tbs of apple cider to thin it further.

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Not All Protein Shakes Are Created Equal!

Read the Labels and See the Difference! Go to any health food store and you’ll see – there are a lot of protein powders out there! Even if you try to read the labels, it can be tough to navigate through the long list of unfamiliar ingredients. Here’s what I look for in a quality protein:

  •  Digestibility
  •  Quality of Whey
  •  Absorption

If the protein powder you’re using doesn’t have these characteristics, it’s a waste of time and money!