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Maria Zoitas' Pumpkin Smoothie

This seasonal smoothie is a true healthy snack by Maria Zoitas, creator of "Maria's Homemade" line of prepared foods.


  • 1 Cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 Cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups crushed ice


Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth — make sure the ice is completely crushed.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving133

Folate equivalent (total)24µg6%

Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg16.1%

Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes for the Family

Recipe by celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, owner and creator of Elegant Affairs.


  • ½ pound (8 ounces) whole wheat fettuccine
  • 1 generous tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Pumpkins for plating
  1. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, whisk in flour and stir to create a roux, until bubbly and golden, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add in milk and rosemary.
  5. Stir constantly and increase the heat a little bit, if necessary, until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Add in mascarpone, pumpkin, salt and pepper, whisking until smooth and thickened into a sauce.
  7. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add cooked pasta to the pan and toss to combine.
  9. Carve out mini pumpkins to be used as your serving vessels. Using tongs, fill the pumpkins with the fettuccine.
  10. Garnish with extra sauce, rosemary, and Parmesan cheese.

Pumpkin Seafood Chowder

Recipe by celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, owner and creator of Elegant Affairs.


  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 shallot, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup seafood broth
  • 1 cup shredded carrot (about 1 large)
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup of ½-inch diced potatoes
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 14- or 15-ounce can of coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 ounces uncooked shrimp, thawed, tails removed and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 6 Littleneck clams
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and ginger, stirring about 3-4 minutes until the shallots are tender. Add the remaining ingredients (except for shrimp, clams, and cilantro).
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add the shrimp and cilantro during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Cook until shrimp are pink and opaque.
  3. Add clams into the chowder and cover the pot so the clams cook and open up inside the pot. Any clams that do not open should be thrown out.
  4. Serve the chowder hot and garnish with fresh cilantro, pumpkin seed oil, and Thai sweet chili sauce.

Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe by celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, owner and creator of Elegant Affairs.


  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • Nutmeg, salt, and freshly ground black pepper
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish
  1. Cut butternut squash into 1-inch chunks.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add squash and stock.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove squash chunks with a slotted spoon, place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot.
  5. Stir and season with desired amount of nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  6. Serve in mini carved-out pumpkins and top with roasted pumpkin seeds

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This story was originally published April 24, 2015.

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2. Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.

3. Strawberry Shortcake Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup crumbled pound cake, 1 1/2 cups each milk and ice, and sugar to taste. Top with whipped cream and more strawberries.

4. Triple-Berry Blend 1 1/2 cups mixed blackberries, strawberries and raspberries with 1 cup each milk and ice, and sugar to taste.

5. Raspberry-Orange Blend 1 cup each orange juice and raspberries, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup ice, and sugar to taste.

6. Peach-Mango-Banana Blend 1 cup each chopped fresh or frozen peaches and mango, 1 cup each plain yogurt and ice, 1/2 banana, and sugar to taste.

7. Honeydew-Almond Blend 2 cups chopped honeydew melon, 1 cup each almond milk and ice, and honey to taste.

8. Cantaloupe Blend 2 cups chopped cantaloupe, the juice of 1/2 lime, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup ice.

9. Carrot-Apple Blend 1 cup each carrot juice and apple juice with 1 1/2 cups ice.

10. Spa Cucumber Peel, seed and chop 2 medium cucumbers. Blend with the juice of 1 lime, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup ice and 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar or honey.

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13. Tangerine-Honey Peel and seed 4 tangerines, then blend with the juice of 2 limes, 1/4 cup honey and 1 cup ice.

14. Apricot-Almond Blend 1 1/2 cups apricot nectar, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons almond butter and 1 cup ice.

15. Grape Blend 2 cups seedless red grapes with 1 cup concord grape juice and 1 1/2 cups ice.

16. Blueberry-Pear Blend 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 chopped pear, 1 1/2 cups each maple or plain yogurt and ice, and sugar to taste.

17. Banana-Date-Lime Blend 2 bananas, 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates, the juice of 1 lime and 1 1/2 cups each soy milk and ice.

18. Peach-Ginger Blend 2 cups frozen sliced peaches, 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger.

19. Grapefruit Peel and seed 2 grapefruits, then blend with 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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22. Blueberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 tablespoon each honey and lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and 1 cup ice.

23. Creamy Pineapple Blend 2 cups chopped pineapple, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoons honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, a pinch each of nutmeg and salt, and 2 cups ice.

24. Watermelon Freeze 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon until hard. Blend with 1 cup cubed fresh seeded watermelon, the juice of 1 lime, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup water.

25. Pineapple-Coconut Freeze about 2 cups coconut water in 1 or 2 ice-cube trays. Blend 2 cups each chopped pineapple and coconut ice cubes, 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 cup coconut water.

26. Apple-Ginger Blend 1 chopped peeled apple, a 1/2-inch piece peeled ginger, the juice of 2 limes, 1/4 cup honey, 1 cup water and 2 cups ice.

27. Black Raspberry–Vanilla Blend 1 pint blackberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1 cup vanilla yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey.

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43. Chocolate Chip Cookie Blend 1 cup each vanilla ice cream, milk and crumbled chocolate chip cookies with 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Top with a cookie.

44. Oatmeal Cookie Blend 1 cup each vanilla ice cream, milk and crumbled oatmeal cookies with a pinch of ground cinnamon. Top with a cookie.

45. Birthday Cake Blend 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream, 1 crumbled vanilla cupcake (unfrosted), 1 cup milk and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Top with sprinkles.

46. Black and White Blend 3/4 cup each vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream with 1 cup milk and 3 crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies. Top with a cookie.

47. Lemon–Poppy Seed Blend 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, the zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup each milk and ice.

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Smoothies are a tasty and convenient way to whip up a nourishing snack, sweet treat, or even a legit meal. “Smoothies are a nice, easily digestible way to get some good nutrition in you if you don’t have much of an appetite when you wake up, which is something a lot of people struggle with,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. They’re also a pretty handy option for the many of us experiencing cooking burnout right now.

While just the basics (fruit and a liquid) should do it for a light snack or dessert, a smoothie meant to be a bigger snack or meal calls for a few more ingredients if it’s going to be truly satisfying, Hartley says. Fruit is rich in naturally occurring sugar and fiber, but you’ll want to add some protein and fat to your carbs for a more balanced and filling meal, Hartley says. Dairy or soy milk and Greek yogurt are great sources of protein (and fat, if you go full-fat), Hartley says, while nut butter adds creaminess and fat, plus a smidge of protein and fiber. A couple of other examples of great add-ins are avocado (for creaminess, fat, and fiber) and oats (for fiber and texture).

Now, of course, if you’re a green-smoothie person—hello there!—then feel free to throw in a handful of leafy greens for an extra serving of veggies. (I find baby spinach to be the best bet since it’s mild and tender, so it blends well.) But if you’re not into greens in your smoothie, that’s fine too. There’s literally no need to add anything to your smoothie if you don’t like the taste. “You want to enjoy it, not be choking it down!” Hartley says. (Speaking of which: Don’t forget about flavorings like vanilla or cocoa powder and a sweetener.)

We rounded up a bunch of creative, delectable, nutrition-packed smoothie recipes. Smoothies are “pretty adaptable,” Hartley says, so feel free to add or swap ingredients, or adjust the liquid ratio to your liking. Here are 31 healthy smoothie recipes so you can get blending.

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  1. Place all ingredients into a high powered blender. Blend until well combined. Pour into your favorite glasses and sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Serve cold.

Time for the almond milk. I prefer vanilla almond milk. Adds a little &ldquoextra&rdquo vanilla which is always a good idea.

Some ground cinnamon up next.

A few tablespoons of vanilla pudding mix. This is a secret ingredient that makes the smoothie thick and fabulous. You can however leave it out and still have a great smoothie.

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In fact, pumpkin has many health benefits! That's why we've rounded up some of our favorite healthy pumpkin recipes so you can enjoy the season and still stay on track throughout autumn. Luckily for you, there are many different ways to use this autumnal ingredient, from pumpkin scones to pumpkin desserts. The best part? You don't have to feel guilty about indulging in any of these healthy pumpkin recipes.

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1 . Unsweetened Yogurt

Swap the milk in your smoothies for plain yogurt, which can improve the symptoms of bloating. It is pre-digested, so the lactose is already broken down, making it easier for the body to handle.

Avoid low-fat and flavored versions or other high-sugar content brands. Plain yogurt is delicious and more nutritious, and there is no need for added sugars when you can add sweetness to your smoothie with fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey.

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“Deficiency Symptoms of Potassium

Deficiency of any nutrient in the body is undesirable and potassium is not an exception. A diet deficient in potassium may lead to symptoms like fatigue and muscle weakness. Other indications for a deficiency of potassium include inactive reflexes, abnormal heartbeat, heart palpitations, anemia and severe headaches . Potassium-deficient people may also experience high blood pressure, pain in their intestines, swelling in their glands and diabetes as serious side effects of this deficiency.” – Organic Facts

Oh no. It is worse than I thought. After a quick scan, I don’t have any of these other symptoms.

A Basic Eat to Live Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup frozen fruit (I like to do half pineapple & half mango)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups kale, chard and/or spinach
  • 1 1/4 cup liquid (water, coconut water or unsweetened nut-milk)
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seed or hemp seed

Use this basic recipe and start incorporating green smoothies for breakfast most days a week! Your going to feel a change in your energy level, you’re going to feel fuller longer (cause your body got a mega-dose of those phytochemicals it needs) and you’re going to be losing weight or more easily maintain your ideal weight!

Tag #hellonutritarian and @hellonutritarian on social media so I can cheer you on (and continue to abuse emojiis and explanation marks along the way)!


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