Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

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We all end up with that little bit of leftover pumpkin that you either find a way to eat or grows mold in the back of the refrigerator. There’s not really enough to make anything with and freezing it seems silly since half of it will get stuck in the bag. Here is one of my solutions Pumpkin and Chai Smoothie.
 photo DSCF2003.jpgThis is one of my favorite fall smoothies. It contains two things I love to combine chai and pumpkin they work together so well. This is an easy way to sneak an extra veg into your life. You know any food with that much color has to be good for you. Pumpkin has beta carotene, potassium, folate, magnesium, calcium and more. It is a powerhouse of nutrients.

Pumpkin and Chai Smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup chai tea, already brewed
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Brew your chai and let cool. Toss it all into your blender and blend until smooth or you can use an immersion blender, like I did. Yes its that easy. Sometimes I turn this into a protein shake with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Want it thicker add some ice. Want it warm use warm chai.