Fall is a beautiful season! In fact, it is my favorite time of year. I enjoy the fall colors, cooler weather, scents, and foods. I love anything pumpkin! It’s not quite fall yet, but I have fall fever. This week I have already eaten Trim Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes. I’ll share the recipe for those; just click here. Yesterday I had a yummy Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake. It was so delicious! It can be eaten as a snack or a meal.
It is also Trim Healthy Mama friendly as a fuel pull (FP) or Satisfying (S) meal. If you aren’t familiar with Trim Healthy Mama, check out the Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline and the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes. I have been a Trim Healthy Mama for almost two years now and have lost 40+ pounds. Here’s a little about my health and weight loss journey. I hope you enjoy this Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake. It’s amazing that something so delicious can be so healthy!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake
1/2 c low fat or fat free cottage cheese*
1/2 tbsp fat free cream cheese, softened*
*for dairy free, you can substitute dairy free yogurt for the cottage cheese and dairy free cream cheese for the regular cream cheese.
3/4 almond milk
1 tbsp pure pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp pumpkin spice
pinch of salt
2 small handfuls of ice (optional)
1/2-1 scoop Whey Protein Powder (optional)
Blend cottage cheese and cream cheese in Ninja or other blender. Keep blending until it is smooth and creamy like this:
Once the lumps are all blended, add the pumpkin puree, almond milk vanilla, pumpkin spice, Sweet Blend, and salt. Blend until mixed well.
Now you’ll need to decide on your optional ingredients. If you want it to be a little thicker, you can sprinkle in a pinch of glucomannan. Some people prefer their shakes to be thin, more like a milk consistency. I like my shakes to be thicker and fluffier, kind of like a milkshake. If you are like me, add ice. You can stop right there if you’re making this for a snack or you can add half a scoop of protein powder for extra protein. However, if you’d like to eat this for a meal like a smoothie, you can add a scoop of protein powder. This also makes it more frothy and fluffy. You could top it with fat free whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. At this point your shake is low carb and low fat, so it is a fuel pull.
If you would like to make it even more indulgent but still healthy, you can add regular whipped cream instead of fat free. I am a purist when it comes to food, so I try to stay away from chemicals in fat free foods. I usually just whip my own heavy cream and sweeten it to taste with Sweet Blend. However, you could just squirt on a little dollop of regular whipped cream. Using full fat whipped cream makes this a satisfying (S) meal.
Just writing this post is making me crave another shake. I hope I can wait until tomorrow!