Fall is a wonderful time of year when you can enjoy some of your favorite produce like apples, squash, and of course pumpkin! Not only is November a month to eat these delicious foods, it is also National Diabetes Month. A study that came out in February 2016 looked at how eating pumpkin with a probiotic containing yogurt (like Greek yogurt) changed blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It was found that eating Greek yogurt with pumpkin could not only help to lower blood sugar levels, it also lowered bad cholesterol levels, and raised good cholesterol levels. This delectable pumpkin smoothie contains a group of delicious and powerful ingredients. The probiotic-rich Greek yogurt, fiber-filled oatmeal, and pumpkin all work to prevent blood sugar levels from spiking.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie
Serves: 2 smoothies
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup milk
- 6 ounce Greek yogurt
- 2 bananas
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1-2 teaspoons honey, depending on sweetness preference
- 4-6 ice cubes
- In a blender, add the oats and bend until oats are a fine powder.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, starting with the milk and finishing with the ice cubes.
- If you are using frozen bananas, you can omit the ice cubes.
Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
Revised recipe from Jessica Potts.
Bayat, A., Azizi-Soleiman, F., Heidari-Beni, M., Feizi, A., Iraj, B., Ghiasvand, R., & Askari, G. (2016). Effect of cucurbita ficifolia and probiotic yogurt consumption on blood glucose, lipid profile, and inflammatory marker in Type 2 Diabetes. International Journal of Preventative Medicine, 7 (30). DOI: 10.4103/2008-7802.175455.