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I love the food and flavors we enjoy during the fall the most.

Yes, that includes pumpkin bread, Halloween candy, and cinnamon-flavored anything, really. But for those of us always seeking to eat a healthier diet, even your daily smoothies can provide some of those delightful seasonal flavors we love.

Sebastien Lapointe, Unsplash
Sebastien Lapointe, Unsplash

I'm always looking for new smoothies. They are one of my favorite go-to's when I want to enjoy something delicious, healthy, and easy to take with me on the go.

I have several favorites. However, recently I was looking for something more seasonal to add a bit of variety, and I found just the thing. It's a great breakfast but also makes a quite filling snack, too. And now I will share it with you.

Protein-rich Pumpkin & Pear Smoothie: 

1-2 fresh, large pears, cored and chopped

3/4 cup organic canned pumpkin puree

1 cup plant-based milk (cuz you know I don't do dairy milk--you can opt for an unsweetened vanilla almond or soy milk.)

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp plant-based protein powder, such as pea or hemp

3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Optional: cut up 2 - 3 fresh figs and add to blender. (Bonus tip: Save a couple of slices to make it extra pretty.)

About 1 cup of ice

Blend! Again, I can't recommend the Vitamix enough. However, there's many high-powered brands that would also work. This should make two servings. Enjoy!

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