"How Not to Die" Pumpkin Smoothie

By the Gracious Vegan

I adapted this from a paragraph in Dr. Michael Greger's recent book How Not to Die. He was describing one way he gets his daily turmeric. He gave a vague description of what he does--a "handful" of this and a "pinch" of that. I experimented with various measurements and came out with this glorious smoothie. It includes many of the nutrients Dr. Greger recommends, based on his reading of the best nutritional research: turmeric, cinnamon, amla powder, ground flax seed, cranberries, and soy. It's filling and delicious, too!

Makes 1 large (24 oz.) or 2 small smoothies. This smoothie is thick -- you can thin with water or more non-dairy milk. Without the sweetener calories, and using unsweetened almond milk, this is only a total of 140 calories! 

Blend the ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth.

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon amla powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup date sugar (or you can use pitted dates, date pieces, or other sweetener--I know everyone has strong opinions on sweeteners)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1.5 cups soy milk (or other non-dairy milk, although Dr. Greger advocates for the soy-turmeric combination)

Timing: About 15 minutes

Nutrition: Whole-food unprocessed (depending on the sweetener you choose)


Photo by Robert Judge

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