I have been making this smoothie on repeat. I figured its time I stop keeping it to myself and share it with you too. I started making this smoothie for a mid-morning snack back in Autumn when we had an entire case of pumpkin puree. My son enjoyed the smoothie also, and we started drinking it together. It’s our sweet little wellness ritual.
We went on holiday for two weeks, and my baby boy caught a virus. His tummy was upset, and he wasn’t eating his regular meals for two weeks and had lost a lot of weight. As a mama, I was quite worried. But, he continued to nurse and always accepted this smoothie when we got home. There is so much relief now that he is feeling better. I will always associate this smoothie to helping him get back to himself.
Importantly, it is also delicious and ultra-healthy, so we will drink it very regularly. We may be the only family ordering cases of pureed pumpkin in January.
In each smoothie, I use an entire can of pumpkin. I think we can all agree that all of the recipes using 1/4 of pumpkin are frustrating, am I right? Pin this recipe for later, so you know you have this one to refer back to if you have most of a can and want to make a smoothie from it. I also have a pumpkin popsicle recipe or add them into some fruit puree for my homemade fruit leathers.
This smoothie recipe contains only 4 simple plant ingredients. Pumpkin + ginger are both known to be a valuable tool against tummy troubles for many reasons!
When you have a stomach virus, you may experience excessive losses of electrolytes, especially potassium. Imbalanced electrolytes can cause additional fatigue and muscle ache. Consuming pumpkin gives your body a huge boost of potassium (with 505 milligrams per can)
Ginger is a natural anti-nausea remedy. Have you ever wondered why people drink ginger ale when they are ill? Ginger contains gingerols, which help relax the intestinal tract, providing immediate relief to tummy aches. By relaxing the muscles and intestinal tract, you reduce the chance of backed up food hitting the digestive system. It also improves blood flow, and therefore reducing inflammation, allowing the opportunity to get well sooner.
Banana was added as a natural sweetener. If banana upsets your stomach, omit and add honey (if desired). Sweetness is optional!
Coconut manna is whole food coconut nut butter. It is not the same as coconut oil, which is just the oil that has been pressed from fresh coconut. It’s whole coconut, with the water removed. This stuff is literally life changing delicious. I add it to almost all smoothies for a creamy consistency, and it’s amazing taste.
In addition to drinking this as a smoothie, we love them in popsicle form. My son has an adorable baby popsicle mold I put the blend in. It’s a must have for older babies and toddlers.
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