Monday, November 19, 2007

Power Food for the Festivities

Even though, being in Canada, I celebrated Thanksgiving over a month ago, I love to get into the festivities with everyone around the world. This week is Thanksgiving day in the US of A, and if those celebrating are anything like my family, you'll know all the prep work takes a toll on your sanity, not to mention your energy! Even if you aren't in charge of the big feast, the family wrangling, the travelling, and even the celebrating takes its toll in a similar fashion!

Ironically, the recipe I have for you today is about as far from turkey as you can get, being vegan, though the fall flavours are still there in all their glory! This smoothie is a delicious, energy and nutrient packed sipper that is a great gearing-up breakfast the day of the feast, or as a snack in the mid-day lull. A glass of this goodness has 7 grams of protein, 33% of the RDA for Vitamin B12 and almost 200% of the RDA of Vitamin A! Couple that with a healthy whack of iron (14%) and you won't be lagging for long! I'm a huge fan of pumpkin (as you can probably tell from my posts!) but I'm sure it won't be out of place in this pre-Thanksgiving ARF / 5-A-Day round-up over at Sweetnicks!

Vegan Thanksgiving Smoothie
Serves 1
1 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp pumpkin puree
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ cup vanilla soy yogurt
2/3 cup vanilla soy milk
½ tbsp whole-berry cranberry sauce
  1. Add all ingredients except cranberry sauce to a blender.
  2. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour into a tall glass.
  4. Stir cranberry sauce through smoothie.
Have a great Thanksgiving on Thursday everyone!