When you’re feeling depleted (whether from illness, lack of sleep, or self-inflicted overindulgence) this tonic will cure what ails you.
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Creamer
Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, with options for Plant-based, Vegan, and Vegetarian
As the leaves begin to turn and the air becomes crisp, a tantalizing aroma blows in on the autumn breeze. Do you smell it? It’s the aroma of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!! So many delectable pumpkin spice treats call out to us with their siren song of cinnamony autumn goodness. Billboards and coffee stands far and wide attempt to lure us in for their pumpkin spice drinks. Do you feel their pull? Me, too. And do you feel torn between this and your thyroid-friendly diet? I can relate.
This is a condition I call #FOMOOPSL (fear of missing out on pumpkin spice latte). Today, I bring you the antidote!
“Yes, I’ll have a tall pumpkin spice latte in my favorite mug, dairy-free, low-sugar, zero pumps, and hold the artificial pumpkin spice flavoring. Oh, and could you throw in some protein and make it good for my gut too? Thanks.”
That’s my new order. It comes at a way lower cost to both your wallet and your health, and it doesn’t require driving, or paper cups, or way too much sugar. Most importantly, it’s delicious.
Did you know that a 16oz pumpkin spice latte from Starbuck’s has 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar?? That’s DOUBLE the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sugar intake for women (25g). I can’t even…
I know. I get it. I used to love that coffee shop stuff too. Now, my tastes have changed, along with my priorities. You don’t have to miss out just because you’re avoiding sugar, dairy, or artificial pumpkin flavor (eew). This is my new fall go-to, filled with real spices, zero refined sugar, healthy fats, protein, and 100% genuine PUMPKIN! Because nothing beats the real thing.
Here’s some information about the thyroid-friendly nutrients in this dish:
- Pumpkin is a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron and Manganese. Even a 1-ounce serving (about 2 tbsp.) provides 87% DV for Vitamin A, which may be a key factor in preventing hypothyroidism.
- Coconut products such as coconut milk contain healthy fats, which can aid in hormone balance. Consumption of healthy fats is commonly recommended for those with thyroid issues for this reason. A word of caution: many canned foods are contaminated with BPA, which is absorbed from the plastic lining of the can. To avoid the hormonal disruption that can occur from ingesting BPA, purchase coconut milk in cans that are labeled “BPA-free”.
- Although it’s best to avoid large amounts of sugar on a hypothyroid-friendly diet, maple syrup is one of the most nutritious alternatives when sweetener is called for. It contains up to 24 different phenolic compounds (antioxidants), which can reduce the free radical damage that leads to inflammation and chronic disease.
- Did you know cinnamon ranks #1 among spices for its antioxidants, phenolic compounds, and flavonoids? Those substances provide anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting support.
- Collagen Hydrolysate is a processed form of gelatin which dissolves in liquids, hot or cold. It will not congeal or thicken liquids like gelatin does, and has little to no flavor, which makes it ideal for stirring into smoothies as a nourishing protein booster (11 grams per 2 tablespoons). It is essentially gelatin, broken down into smaller particles. Gelatin and collagen hydrolysate are primarily composed of amino acids/proteins, which are beneficial to skin, teeth, nails, hair, joints, bones, muscles, the liver, the adrenals, and in particular, the intestinal walls. Glycine (the primary amino acid in bone broth) has been shown to be particularly beneficial to health, including mental health and brain function. Glutamine, another amino acid found in collagen, has been shown to help repair fissures in the intestinal walls (aka leaky gut).
Sound good? You can have your Pumpkin Spice Latte and drink it too. No compromises. No missing out. Just an upgrade to an old favorite. Enjoy!
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Creamer
Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, Vegan-Friendly
MAKES 2.5 CUPS
- 14 oz can organic, full-fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup hydrolyzed collagen, (optional)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder, (or sub. 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, (about 1/2 small nut)
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth and creamy.
Store refrigerated in a mason jar for up to 1 week. Alternately, freeze in a silicone ice cube tray, and store for up to 6 months.
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