A Little Pumpkin Obsessed, Maybe

Hi folks, I hope you had a lovely weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed mine as it was full of relaxation, running, baking, friends, and nice weather. I couldn’t really ask for anything better than that!

Saturday morning I met up with the Richmond Lululemon running group for a quick 3 miles. It was the second time I have run since my leg injury and it went really well! I paired up with a speedy runner and ended up running much faster than I would have if I were on my own. It was definitely a good workout! Post the run we all headed over to Gold’s Gym for an abs class!

One my favorite Saturdays in a while, Although I did miss my normal Saturday morning farmer’s market visit:

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It’s fine though because I’m not going to be cooking at home this week anyhow.

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Later on Saturday, one of best friends came down from NOVA to hang out. We did a little shopping (crazy J CREW warehouse sale), grabbed dinner, gabbed, watched a DVRed episode of Mod Fam and hit the sack early because we were both exhausted.

Dinner at Cafe Caturra was perfect. We both order the “Your Two” (1/2 sandwich/1/2 salad) combo. Everything was super fresh, tasty and it was just the right amount of food!

I had the Vegetable Panini

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and the house salad.

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Post dinner I convinced Ang we needed fro yo so we stopped by Sweet Frog. To my delight, they had pumpkin spice latte frozen yogurt. You don’t even want to know how excited this made me. ;)

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I had an interesting but yummy concoction which included the tart flavor topped with pineapple chunks and the pumpkin spice latte with almond and ginger snap crumbs. Absolutely A.MA.ZING!! I’m so pumped that they are planning to open a location in Carytown – I just wish I knew the details about when so I could start a countdown. ;)

I seriously wanted to go back for breakfast this morning, but once I realized I would have to wait until mid afternoon to eat breakfast (they don’t open until 2PM on Sundays) I did the next best thing and made a pumpkin spice smoothie.

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This was a less jazzed up version of the pumpkin pie smoothie I’ve posted before. I think I like the simplicity of this version better. It’s creamy, thick and delicious – almost like a pumpkin spice milkshake! It totally hit the spot!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin (canned or cooked)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ½ scoop (or approx. 2 Tablespoons) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 165 Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 28g Protein: 10g

I’m leaving for California early tomorrow morning and I’ll be there all week! Have no fear, I have some fun posts lined up (including a pumpkin muffin recipe) and I’m sure I’ll sneak in a post or two about my trip as well! ;)

Last but not least, Isaac’s school is participating in the Run to the River 10K on October 16 in Richmond and he and I both are running/walking the race. As long as my leg is feeling fine I will run, but who knows, I might end up walking it! If you are interested in participating or meeting up at the race, shoot me an email (eatingbirdfood at gmail dot com)!

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Comments

  1. I see you ventured out to Short Pump! :) We love Cafe Caturra, a great selection and the perfect amount of food… plus lotsa wines to choose from, win! Love some Sweet Frogs too, I’m a sucker for their strawberry (it seriously tastes like fresh berries, no fake taste?!) and tart flavors… yummmm!

  2. I love the flower photo…and that smoothie sounds super yummm.

    Happy Sunday, Miss Britt!

  3. MMMM! I love my pumpkin smoothies. I do not put banana in mine, I will have to try that!! I had some yummy fro-yo this weekend with my kiddos. Makes the day a little brighter. Have a safe and fun trip:)

  4. Vegetable panini and pumpkin spice latte Fro-Yo?!
    I die ;)

  5. I’m probably one of the few people on the planet that doesn’t like pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin, but not a fan of it in pie form. I’m a weirdo, I know.
    I’ve recently been on a pannin kick by using my waffle maker!

  6. Cafe Caturra and Sweet Frog may be two of my favorite places in RVA right now! What a great weekend. They are supposed to be opening a Sweet Frog in Midlothian and I can’t wait. How have I not heard about this JCrew sale? I will definitely be checking this out!

  7. oh wow, that shake looks soooo good! I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t like JCrew??I’ve had a 4 dollar gift card there for 2 years and can’t seem to find anything to spend it on.

  8. Pumpkin obsession has definitely begun for me as well. I would have screamed to see Pumpkin Spice Fro Yo! REally, I think I would have let out a scream. :)

    Enjoy your trip to NY!!

  9. I’ve already had several pumpkin pie smoothies this fall, and it’s barely even begun! One of my favorite breakfasts:)

  10. i got pumpkin fever too girl!! NO shame :) :)
    have fun in cali.. i am soo jealous!

  11. I just drank practically the same smoothie, and it is so very good! I’m glad that we have similar taste (once again!) I hope you have a wonderful time this week, and I’m glad that your run went well on Saturday. I’m exhausted, but as always, your blog brings a moment of brightness into my day!

  12. Be still my beating heart!
    Pumpkin spice fro-yo?
    That has to be the best creation ever!

  13. Have a safe trip Brittany!

    I have been baking all weekend with pumpkin — and I’m sure I’ll end up making your pumpkin muffins too :)

  14. I think I might turn into a pumpkin!! I have been making pumpkin smoothies non-stop. They are so so so good!!!

  15. Sounds like the perfect weekend. I love how Lululemon offers up so many unique opportunities. I’ve always wanted to do one of their free yoga classes, though I never have. I will admit I am a dork and go to the farmers’ market even when I know I cannot cook much for the week because I love it so much. Yup. Dork.

  16. Found this on fitsugar yesterday – thank you so much for the smoothie recipe, it’s fantastic! I posted about it on my blog yesterday and linked to your blog.

  17. This is an amazing pumpkin smoothie recipe! I am drinking it now and it so hitting the spot! I love Fall ! :)

  18. Ah! Looking at that smoothie is driving me nuts!!

  19. I’m a bit obsessed with pumpkin too. I’m totally going to try this smoothie recipe and repost on my blog. Cannot wait for the pumpkin muffin recipe.

  20. I am about to enjoy the hell out of this smoothie. I’ve been clearing out the pantry and this can of pumpkin has been mocking me.

  21. Made this and posted about it on my website! Linked back as well. DELICIOUS, thanks for sharing! http://www.pinkskyline.com/2012/11/pumpkin-spice-smoothieprotein-shake.html

  22. Can vanilla protein powder be replaced with chocolate protein powder?

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