Greek yogurt (I prefer Fage- or a plain yogurt without added sweeteners)
Half can of canned pumpkin
Vanilla Protein Shake (I prefer Arbonne's- vegan certified, low in sugar)
Almond milk (I prefer unsweetened Simple Truth or homemade)
Vanilla Creme Stevia (made by Sweet Leaf)
Granola (I prefer homemade or Nature's Path Coconut Chia or Pumpkin Seed variety)
Having craved some pumpkin deliciousness lately, and enjoying eating foods that are healthy and yummy, I decided to throw something together for a special Halloween lunch for my girls. Utilizing the things I had in my fridge and pantry, I decided to make a seasonal Greek yogurt with some protein shake in it or added protein.
In my blender, I put a little bit of almond milk (unsweetened) in first. Then, I dump spoonfuls of Greek yogurt in (I prefer Fage). I used about half of my 35.3 oz container to make enough for 3 people. Next, I added about 3 scoopfuls of vanilla protein shake followed by about half a can of canned pumpkin. Last, I added in about 3/4 tsps of Pumpkin Pie Spice (added 1/4 tsp at a time until the taste was just right) and about 4 or 5 droppers full of vanilla creme stevia.
I mixed all the ingredients up well and added a lit bit of chopped ice so that it would be cool but not too cold. I added a little more pie spice and stevia until the flavor and sweetness was just right. Then, I poured the yogurt into bowls and garnished it with some granola.
When buying granola, yogurt, or any foods for that matter, I always look at the ingredients. I don't buy foods that have a lot of added sugar. It's also important to see what the source of the sugar is by looking at the ingredients. If it has High Fructose Corn Syrup, I almost throw it back on the shelf. Not really. That would be rude, but I definitely do not buy it! Whenever I can, I make my own foods that are sweetened with natural sources like Stevia that doesn't add any calories.
This yogurt was delicious and a special treat for the girls. If I hadn't had all this yogurt that I needed to use, I probably would've made pumpkin pie protein shakes. Either way, you can't go wrong. Yummy and healthy- a great combination!