Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Superfood Smoothie + Puritan’s Pride Giveaway!


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.  *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

I LOVE smoothies.  Like, seriously and truly, really love them.  I actually make a smoothie every day and usually have it post workout or as a late breakfast.  I love playing with flavor combos too and seeing what works and what tastes good all while trying to keep it nutritious and healthy.  So when I was asked to team up with Puritan’s Pride the next three months to feature seasonal smoothies obviously my answer was a big fat YES! Puritan's Pride Seasonal Smoothie

For those of you that don’t know, Puritan’s Pride, which began over 40 years ago, operates with the mission of making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the best value.  They only use ingredients from suppliers that meet their Quality Assurance Standards as well as Good Manufacturing Practices food quality standards.  

To kick off the three month campaign, I was send a box full of goodies that included these fantastic products to get me started. Puritan's Pride October Giveaway

Puritan’s Pride All Natural Vegan Protein Chocolate with Quinoa and OatsMade from Quinoa and Oats, this delicious chocolate flavored drink is dairy free and soy free, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a vegan protein option that is nutrient dense.  Each serving of this delicious protein powder delivers 17 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber to help fuel your body, aid in post workout recovery and help satisfy hunger.”

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Food Science of Vermont Superior Greens A combination of nutrient rich vegetables, fruits, herbs, herbal extracts, Chlorella, Soy Lecithin, Royal jelly, Bee Pollen, enzymes and non-dairy probiotic cultures designed to support your body’s ability to cleanse.*

Now Foods Carob Powder: A flavorful and versatile substitute for chocolate. Use in place of cocoa powder in your favorite recipes for delicious natural chocolate flavor without the fat, caffeine or theobromine found in chocolate.

Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter Smooth: Peanut free and made in an almond only facility! It contains no added salt or sugar with a traditional smooth and creamy texture.Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Superfood Smoothie Giveaway

 For the month of October I felt it was only appropriate to make a pumpkin smoothie! Pumpkins have ton of health benefits that you may not know about.  They are chock full of vitamin A which boosts immunity and aids in eye health.  They are also high in potassium which is great for refueling after a hard workout and they’re high in fiber! The pumpkin seeds even boast a variety of health benefits and can reduce cholesterol and even boost your mood! Woohoo! 😀 

Even though pumpkin is a superfood by itself, I took this smoothie to the next level by adding cacao powder, the superior greens- which taste pretty awesome by the way, protein powder and my secret ingredient; pumpkin. spice. tea.  Heck yeah! (How many grammar felonies did I commit in that sentence? Don’t know.  Don’t care). Plus I topped it with some pumpkin seeds, aka pepitas, and cacao nibs for some extra crunchy superfood goodness. Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Superfood Smoothie #SeasonalSmoothieChocolate Pumpkin Spice Superfood Smoothie #SeasonalSmoothie

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Superfood Smoothie
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  1. Blend all ingredients together except seeds and nibs.
  2. Pour into large glass and top with pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs.
  3. Enjoy! :)
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You could even add the Barney Almond Butter in there for added creaminess and exchange the cacao powder for carob powder which makes a great substitute if you’re sensitive to cocoa/cacao.

Puritan’s Pride has also offered to giveaway the same package they sent me to one lucky reader! It includes the All Natural Vegan Protein Chocolate with Quinoa and Oats, Food Science Superior Greens Superfood, NOW Foods Carob Powder, AND Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter Smooth.  All you have to do to win is enter using the rafflecopter below! Puritan’s Pride will ship directly to the winner once they are randomly chosen.  Giveaway ends 11/3 :) Puritan's Pride October Giveaway

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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68 Comments

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply October 21, 2014

Creative smoothie! I've not tried this brand before nice review!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 21, 2014

    Thank you! It was good, not as chocolatey as some other flavors I have tried but mixes really well in a smoothie and tastes good too!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply October 21, 2014

This pretty much sounds like the perfect smoothie!
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Katrina
Reply October 21, 2014

LOVE pumpkin seeds!!
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Paige c
Reply October 21, 2014

I'm obsessed with pumpkin, cinnamon, and dark chocolate; I have them year round!

Alyse
Reply October 21, 2014

Yum! I love the addition of a nice superfood crunch on top - what a great idea! I can't wait to try this recipe. :)
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suzie
Reply October 21, 2014

apple, pumpkin, cinnamon... yum!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply October 21, 2014

Pumpkin of course!?!
I love how you used a ripped tea bag in the smoothie! That's awesome ;)

    aelicatese
    Reply October 21, 2014

    Haha, thank you! You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes :P

Myra Mingo
Reply October 21, 2014

Love this! I've been doing low-carb lately and have been looking for fruit-free smoothies. And I'm a pumpkin addict. Can't wait to try it!

Myra Mingo
Reply October 21, 2014

One quick note, I was entering the giveaway...thank you by the way :) ... and the tweet link for Puritans is misspelled I believe :( but I did find it. Also, the tweet link goes to a tumblr page. Just wanted to let you know!!!
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liz l
Reply October 21, 2014

pumpkin and cinnamon

Rosie
Reply October 21, 2014

My favorite fall flavors are cinnamon, clove, ginger, peppermint, nutmeg, mace!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply October 21, 2014

Our smoothies ARE similar!! I know what we're making for marathon morning! :)
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    Reply October 21, 2014

    I know, right? Still working on negotiating...I am crossing my fingers that I can get "permission" to come!!!

Brittany @ Barr & Table
Reply October 21, 2014

I love all things apple and pumpkin :)
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Lisa @ Life as Lisa Knows It
Reply October 21, 2014

I LOVE pumpkin and cinnamon!
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Kay @ Kay Bueno
Reply October 21, 2014

Best fall flavor has to be pecan in my book.

Love the smoothie you made. I never think of drinking pumpkin for some reason.
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 22, 2014

    Thank you! How could I forget pecan? I LOVE pecans! They are a fav or mine too :)

Autumn
Reply October 22, 2014

The topping makes that smoothie look amazing! Super impressed, I need to remember to add little touches like that. Love it!
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply October 22, 2014

Those oats look good and I love the superfood crunch! Great review!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 22, 2014

    Thank you! The crunch definitely made the smoothie that much better :)

Shanna
Reply October 22, 2014

Pumpkin && Apple Spice!

LaTanya
Reply October 22, 2014

I like cinnamon

Holly Wright
Reply October 22, 2014

My favourite fall flavours are anything pumpkin! I love it and cant get enough!

Pip444
Reply October 22, 2014

definitely pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, sweet potato, yummmy

Sarah O.
Reply October 22, 2014

Apple has to be my favorite fall flavor.

Renata
Reply October 23, 2014

Cinnamon is my favorite fall flavor! You can add it to anything!

Stacey Niedzwiecki
Reply October 23, 2014

I love pumpkin and apple anything this time of year.

Kerianne
Reply October 23, 2014

I love everything about Fall --- sweaters, boots, the beautiful colors... and the flavors of apple, cinnamon, pumpkin and caramel!

Ray
Reply October 23, 2014

Pumpkin is my favorite fall flavor!

Crystal
Reply October 23, 2014

Your smoothies look yummy! I usually stick to green ones but I may have to switch things up a bit!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 23, 2014

    Thank you! I always find a way to incorporate chocolate into my smoothies, haha :P

Georgiana
Reply October 23, 2014

Pumpkin is a favorite flavor of mine!

Jordan
Reply October 23, 2014

I love pumpkin and maple. Spicy chili is also a fall staple lol.

Jenna Matthews
Reply October 25, 2014

Mmmm. That's really good. I love it!
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Nicole
Reply October 25, 2014

Anything with apples!

Kristen
Reply October 26, 2014

Fall flavors: cinnamon, apple, pumpkin... does candy corn count too?
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Brenda Haines
Reply October 26, 2014

Pumpkin, apples, Ham, cranberries. You name it, it's all good.

Lana Bradstream
Reply October 26, 2014

Mine is pumpkin and cloves

EVA
Reply October 28, 2014

Well, besides the obvious pumpkin and acorn/butternut squash, I always think of the start of hearty food season. Like a good mushroom stroganoff; now THAT's autumn! I also feel like nuts are super fall foods. Ditch the dried pineapple and mix 'em with cranberries and you have a sort-of deconstructed fall treat! MMMF.

    aelicatese
    Reply October 28, 2014

    MMM those are all definitely yummy Fall flavors! I have been on a huge mushroom kick lately too :)

Anna
Reply October 29, 2014

Cinnamon anything!

Nela
Reply October 29, 2014

Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoes!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 29, 2014

    Sweet potatoes are another Fall fav of mine too :)

Amy Lauren
Reply October 29, 2014

I really like pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon, and salted caramel flavors :)
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Keri
Reply October 29, 2014

pumpkin spice and cinnamon!

ellen casper
Reply November 2, 2014

I love cinnamon and pumpkin flavors for fall.

SA Collins
Reply November 2, 2014

For fall I love pumpkin, maple, apple, cinnamon, and the list goes on. This is one of my favorite times of year. Thank you.

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