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Contrary to what it looks like to people who know my morning smoothie a day habit, I am not generally a fan of supplements or liquid calories in general.

But, on days when I don’t have time to grab dinner that can be chewed, this smoothie comes to the rescue in style.

As written, this recipe yields 1 smoothie with 461 calories, 40g fat, 54mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, 15g protein, 133% Vitamin A, 15% Vitamin C, 5% Calcium, and 31% Iron. If you add the optional 2 egg yolks, that adds 108 calories, 10g fat, 420mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 1g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 10% Vitamin A, 4% Calcium, and 6% Iron

Gluten-free, paleo, Whole30

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Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 tsp. loose chai tea
3 Tbsp. pumpkin (I’ve used both canned pumpkin puree and frozen butternut squash – both worked well)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 of an avocado
2 Tbsp. collagen (I used grass fed collagen)
1/2 tsp. maple syrup
2 egg yolks (optional – these do not affect the taste or consistency of the smoothie, only add protein and calories if needed)

Blend and serve.

Serves 1 and is intended to stand as a meal replacement