Anti-Inflammatory Pumpkin Smoothie

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, and vegan.

I'm pretty obsessed with pumpkins. I love the way they look, their color, their shape. I love how they feel, I love having them in my home, I love the taste, the smell, and the comfort of a warming pumpkin pie spice. So needless to say, when fall hits, I'm in heaven. I fill my house with pumpkins, I go to farms and pumpkin patches just to be around them, and I start to ingest pumpkin everything. #pumpkinfever

Enter, the pumpkin smoothie. For those of you in the colder climates, this pumpkin smoothie is a way to introduce some warming, grounding, earthy spices and flavors into your smoothie in order to balance out that Vata (Ayurveda-speak for cool, airy, space, windy energy).

For those of you living in a warm climate (I'm down in sunny Naples, Florida) this is a great way to spice up your smoothie on those cooler mornings, while packing a great anti-inflammatory punch from the turmeric. Just don't use warming spices too often in a hot climate, as they can be Pitta-aggravating (Pitta is more Ayurveda speak for the hot and fiery energies within us, and in the universe).

I hope you enjoy this! Be prepared for a savory smoothie, since there's no added sugar or additional fruit other than pumpkin, it may not be for everyone. But there's the option to add more sweetener if you'd like ~ just see below!

Finally, for anyone who has never seen turmeric in its raw root form - here you go! The health benefits of turmeric are endless ~ I'll write more on that soon, but a quick google search will provide you with mountains of info if you're curious.

The makings of this anti-inflammatory pumpkin smoothie ~ check out the turmeric!

Anti-Inflammatory Pumpkin Smoothie (serves 1)


  • At least 20 oz. of water (or add half water and half clean milk alternative of choice such as coconut, rice, hemp, almond, cashew, etc. ~ look for unsweetened varieties free from carrageenan)
  • One serving of Sprout Living Epic Pumpkin Seed Protein (or your protein of choice. I love this because it's smooth, blendable, vegan, and goes with my pumpkin theme.)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch slice of raw turmeric root
  • A handful or two of raw spinach
  • optional: sweetener of choice (I used 1 tbsp of natural lucuma powder which is a superfood and lightly sweet. You could also add raw local honey, coconut nectar, or a touch of maple syrup if the savory spiced flavor is too much for you. Don't go crazy with the sugar.)

How to:

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender of choice (I am obsessed with my NutriBullet 900 Series, I got it a few years ago for Christmas and it's still going strong!). I recommend adding the water first so the protein powder doesn't stick to the blender. Throw everything else in with spinach closest to the blade of the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. If smoothie is too thick, add more water! Then ENJOY!

Naaaaaants ingonyama bagithi babaaaaaaa....It's the pumpkin smoothie of life! #lionkinggrip


I'd love to hear how you liked this smoothie. If you make it, snap a pic and post on instagram with #wanderfreerecipes so that I can see what you've done! Pumpkin on, my free wanderers!

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