Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
This Paleo-friendly pumpkin spice protein shake is made with healing spices, nourishing sweet potato, and only the healthiest protein powder. Designed especially for someone with little time to cook, this recipe is easy to meal prep, nutritionally ideal for post-workout recovery, and can come together in less than 3 minutes!
How I’ve missed you! Let’s quickly summarize the last month+ before we jump into this new October-inspired recipe. My 3-week long National ‘Fed & Fit’ book signing tour with my travel partner Diane Sanfilippo (who just released the 2nd Edition of her Practical Paleo masterpiece) was one of the most enriching experiences of my career. A 12-city tour in just under 3 weeks was (in total honesty) 10-times more invigorating than exhausting. Seeing YOUR smiling faces, hearing your stories, and saying goodbye (until next time) with a hug and a photo brought me more joy than I can possibly say. You see, I LOVE being around people. Absolutely love it! It was such a refreshing reprieve from my home-office, computer & kitchen-tied job to be in YOUR presence. To everyone who attended an event, thank you so much – it meant the absolute world to see you there. To everyone who couldn’t make it, I adore you too! I’m planning more stops to be sprinkled across the country over the next several months – so stay tuned and keep your eyes on my Fed & Fit Events Page for new tour stops.
Okay, back to the present. Now that the tour is slowing down a bit for the holiday season, I’m back in full planning mode for the blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and Facebook LIVE! Putting the finishing touches on my content calendar as we speak, it’s going to be a really fun Fall. I’ve taken your wishes and am putting them into action! I’ve got some slow cooker soup recipes, safer beauty articles, and maybe a few fun fashion articles planned for the blog; more motivating episodes planed for the podcast; and fun instructional videos planned for YouTube and Facebook LIVE. Also note, for those of you waiting (patiently) for the “Fed & Fit Project Online” to open up, we’ll be emailing you soon! We want to make sure it’s PACKED with valuable content to empower your DIY-healthy lifestyle journey that is the Fed & Fit Project. You can sign up for updates HERE!
Now, let’s chat about this recipe! I get the occasional question about protein shakes and wanted to offer you a simple, healthy recipe that is easy to meal-prep in advance so that you can whip it up on a moment’s notice! The “pumpkin spice” flavors in this protein shake come from three healthy spices that you probably already have in your spice cabinet: ginger, cinnamon, and ground cloves. The secret ingredient in THIS shake is half of a baked-then-frozen sweet potato! Hear me out on this. The sweet potato makes for a creamy shake and offers a good dose of healthy carbohydrate! Why does this matter? It means that this shake is an IDEAL post-workout recovery drink. To prepare the sweet potatoes in advance, I like to pre-bake 2 or 3 of them at a time, let them cool completely, peel, chop into chunks, and freeze in individual baggies. From there, I can just grab a bag of frozen sweet potato, pop it in the blender, add the rest of the ingredients, and it’s ready to go!
As for protein powder, I can recommend a couple options. First off, if you’re looking for the most benign (fewest ingredients), I love adding collagen peptides in from a company like Vital Proteins. Next, I really like this grass-fed whey protein from Reserveage Nutrition! Lastly, Primal Kitchen Foods recently introduced their Vanilla Coconut Protein Powder! Read the labels and choose whichever works best for you. I’ve used all three to make this exact recipe and they all work great! Note that the Primal Kitchen Foods contains an added sweetener (making it out-of-scope for the Fed & Fit Project), while the other two do not.
I hope you love this recipe! If you give it a go, don’t forget to tag me in a photo on social media! I absolutely LOVE seeing all of your Fed & Fit kitchen creations.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 4 hours (to bake and freeze sweet potato)
Cook Time: 3 minutes
- 1/2 sweet potato, baked, peeled, sliced, and frozen solid (about 4 ounces)
- 2 scoops protein powder of choice (see above for links to options)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- pinch fine sea salt
- Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.