Updated: Jan 29, 2020
The leaves have started to fall off trees, the weather is cooler, Ugg Boots, leggings and pea coats have all made their way out of closets. If you're like me, you can't wait to get their hands on Pumpkin Spice Smoothies or another Pumpkin Spice item. Depending on what you buy, some food products or beverages may have a thing or two that you could benefit from minus the loads of sugar and any other unhealthy item. The main or base ingredients of Pumpkin Spice are always Ginger, Allspice, Ground Cinnamon and Nutmeg. Below are the benefits for each ingredient as well as a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie that you could try.
This ingredient has many positive uses. It has important minerals like Potassium, Iron and Zinc. It's a great pain reliever, helps with any nausea or sickness, helps to lower blood sugar and helps to lower your cholesterol. The cool thing is that Ginger can help fight infections also. With that being said, it'll help reduce the risk of suffering from Heart Disease too.
Allspice has a few properties that will give you a good reason to add it in your smoothie or even coffee. First, it has anti-inflammatory properties. Second, it's widely used in the dentistry field. Believe it or not, it's also perfect for those who suffer from arthritis and muscle aches too! You'll definitely find a good amount of vitamins and minerals also. In the spice you'll find Vitamin C, Vitamins B1 through B6 and Vitamin A. Further, you can also find minerals. In an Allspice Corn, you can bet that you'll find a fair amount of Manganese, Iron, Calcium and Copper.
Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, but is also grown (The Cinnamomum Tree) in China, India and Indonesia. Ground Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant strength than any other food including Apples. It's also widely used in the dental field including chewing gum. The cool thing is that Cinnamon can help prevent Strokes and CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) by preventing platelets from getting clogged and creating blockages in your blood vessels.
It also can help reduce blood sugar levels if you're Diabetic as well. You'll find a large amount of Vitamin E, Vitamin K and small amounts of Vitamin A in Cinnamon too. To go with your Vitamins, you'll find a good amount of minerals such as Manganese, Calcium and Iron too. Here's the thing with Cinnamon though. You should NOT ingest cinnamon by itself that isn't cooked. Doing so can make breathing very difficult, cause blood vessel dilation and can cause Ulcers in your mouth.
Nutmeg is actually a seed or kernel inside the fruit from the Nutmeg tree. The red layer covering the seed or kernel is called mace which is also another known spice. The oil from Nutmeg has been used in the past as a relief for toothaches. It could also be used as a good source of fiber and can help relieve joint and muscular pain. In Indian and Chinese medicine, the oil from Nutmeg was used for issues with your Digestive System along with stimulating your Central Nervous System to provide relief to the spine. Like anything you eat, too much can be detrimental to your health. It can ruin your liver (too much Copper), give you abdominal pain and Diarrhea. On the bright side, it's loaded with Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and Iron and Phosphorus if you do need any. If you're looking for vitamins, you'll find Vitamin B1, Vitamin B9 and some others.
So, if you're going to consume something that's Pumpkin Spice related, I definitely recommend kicking the sugary drink to the curb and making something on your own like the Pumpkin Spice Smoothie below.
Disclosure: If you're allergic to any of the items below, please do not try this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie! Ingredients:
1 - Frozen Banana
1/2 Cup - Vanilla Yogurt
1-1/2 Cups - Skim Milk
1/4 Teaspoon - Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 Teaspoon - Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon - Ginger
1 Pinch - Nutmeg
1 Pinch - Allspice
1 Cup - Ice
Add the ingredients into a decent blender (in the order listed above). If you prefer to have a thicker smoothie, just add a little more ice. Don't forget your swirly straw! Enjoy!