Celebrate Fall With 3 Healthy Harvest Smoothies

by Rachel Collier
Autumn is officially here, which means cool weather, fresh harvests, and a host of new vegetables hitting farmer's markets and grocery stores (hello-o-o, pumpkins!). The best way to try fall's bounty all at once? In a smoothie, of course. Check out three of our fall favorites below:

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie


Nothing says fall like the return of pumpkin spice lattes to your local coffee shop. Instead of spending $5 daily by grabbing one on-the-go, whip up this healthy at-home version in your blender before you breeze out the door. Pumpkin is full of fiber, vitamin A, and potassium, so this smoothie is a great way to sneak those health benefits into your diet.
 
You’ll need:
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or other nut milk
  • ½ ripe banana, frozen if available
  • ½ cup cooked pumpkin chunks, or a can of pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
  • ¼ tsp each of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon
  • A handful of ice 
Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you use sweetened almond milk, you can leave out the maple syrup/agave.
 
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Dairy-Free, Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie


Healthy? Check. Vegan? Check. Dairy-Free? You bet. This recipe is the perfect way to integrate fresh fall apples into your diet. Any variety will do, but if you live in a northern state, we recommend McIntosh apples. And btw, apples are rich in antioxidants and help preserve mental health.
  • 1 cup cashew or other nut milk
  • 1 cup cooked apple chunks
  • ½ ripe banana, frozen
  • ¼ cup coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • Handful of ice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
Blend all ingredients until smooth. For a gourmet twist, grate a little fresh nutmeg on top to finish.

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"You Are What You Beet" Smoothie


Beets are in back in season. These purple beauties are high in folate, vitamin A, and other nutrients. This recipe balances their earthy flavours with a hint of ginger spice for a flavorful, healthy treat. And PS, ginger helps ease digestion and reduce inflammation.
  • 1 medium cooked beet, cubed
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup berries
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
Blend until smooth. For best results, use a Vitamix or other high-powered blender. The spinach can also be substituted for romaine, but don't use bitter greens. They can become too overpowering when paired with beets. We prefer using blackberries for an extra punch of antioxidants.
 
Watch on Z Living: Healthy Gourmet, which follows nutritionist Julie Daniluk and chef Ezra Title as they carry the ongoing battle of taste vs. nutrition in the real world.
 
What’s your favorite fall smoothie recipe? Tell us in the comments below.
 

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