It's still Summer, but a *slight* break in the North Carolina heat and the commencement of "all the pumpkin food"-season has me craving this post-workout shake on the regular right now!
I love drinking this shake after an intense workout to get fast fuel to my muscles and replenish glycogen stores. The addition of dates makes it quite sweet and has been giving me my pumpkin dessert fix so I stay away from the Pumpkin Scones and Pumpkin Bread at Starbucks! The dates also add an extra 20-30 grams of carbs to this shake, which is perfect for those of you looking to build some lean muscle. However, if you're more focused on fat loss than muscle building, you can reduce the dates to just one or leave them out completely. Your shake will still taste great!
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1 scoop Les Mills Good Protein in Vanilla
8 oz. unsweetened vanilla or coconut milk
2-3 Tbs. pumpkin puree
2 Mejdool dates, pitted
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground or a pinch of fresh grated ginger
dash of nutmeg
handful of ice
1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on HIGH until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
NOTE: If you're using Good Protein from Les Mills or another whey-casein blend protein powder, let your shake sit for 1-2 minutes. The casein takes a little longer dissolve and can have a slightly gritty texture if you drink it immediately.