Pumpkin Banana Breakfast Smoothie and a weight loss update

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I have been anticipating writing this post for quite some time. As I continue to navigate my passion for baking and how it fits into my new (although not new) lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise, I find myself constantly seeking ways to feel like I am getting my sweet fix.

Pumpkin Banana Breakfast Smoothie

It all starts with breakfast. I skip on the muffins, bagels and I hide my eyes when I see a donut. Breakfast became exciting for me when I started making these Skinny Pumpkin Banana Smoothies.

This is another recipe I got from my sister. I mentioned in my recipe for Make Ahead Green Juice that she is a personal trainer and certified nutritionist. One week back in November, I did a 7 day cleanse. No grains, no wheat, no sugar, no ANYTHING. Literally, nothing. Just see my Instagram photo– which is probably my most commented on photo EVER. Although I did alter my cleanse a bit to fit my needs- like coffee and bananas.

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This smoothie was a lifesaver for me during my cleanse. I know I am not the only one who LOVES pumpkin. At first I was skeptical to combine it with bananas, but it is actually fantastic! Pumpkin totally has a place in my world outside the month of October.

Healthy Breakfast blended Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

For this smoothie you can use frozen or fresh bananas. Frozen bananas will create a more frothy texture, which I prefer. You definitely need to be sure to add ice if you are using fresh bananas because both the pumpkin and the bananas are at room temperature and no one likes a warm smoothie!

I am able to make 3 smoothies from one can of pumpkin puree. All you need for this simple smoothie is a banana, cinnamon and a sprinkle of nutmeg for flavor. I also use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of nonfat milk, but either one is fine.

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

My sister suggested to add dates for flavor. Personally, I find dates a bit annoying to work, but I would absolutely suggest to add them to this smoothie.

So I have been dying to update you guys on my progress with my weight loss! I shared a long story about my journey back in the beginning of January. Now that it has been a month of strict diet and exercise, I am so happy to say that I am down 4 lbs! That is about a pound of week, which is healthy weight loss! Now keep reading if you are interested or just skip to the recipe! You’re choice, I won’t be offended.

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

I’ve been following Weight Watchers. It is the only thing that works for me. I am pretty good about recording my food intake and monitoring my points. I also got a Fitbit which links directly to my account and records my activity points for the day. I am also totally obsessed with hitting my daily step goal. Since I have started watching it, I am constantly making an effort to get more steps in.

Now I said strict dieting. That isn’t too say that I didn’t “cheat”. I went to Lake Tahoe for a weekend and totally indulged. You know what? I got RIGHT back into my routine the day I returned from my trip. That is the important thing for me. If I have a day where I just can’t seem to gather the energy for a workout, or I get off track with eating, I have to get back on track immediately the following day.

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

It is OKAY for me to have a slice of pizza, but I pair it with a plate of veggies, which I eat first.

It is OKAY for my to take a couple bites of cake every once in awhile.

It is OKAY for me to have a glass of wine.

All of these things I have done over the past month and guess what, I still lost weight! It’s all about balance.

Once thing we implemented in our house is a mandatory walk every night- at least one mile. It is actually pretty awesome. It is a time when we can focus on each other, device free and just talk about our day and what’s going on in our lives.

 Make Ahead Green Juice Smoothie

Let’s talk about what I am eating! I try to get in as many vegetables as I can and I use them as fillers. Even if no one else is eating them, I still make myself a big plate! I also drink a lot of that green juice pictures above!

  • I have been eating a TON of spaghetti squash. I make it ahead of time and it makes about 3-4 meals for me depending on the size. I hope I don’t burn out on it, because the squash is zero points!
  • I started making these egg muffins, which have been amazing. I fill up on protein in the morning and it lasts me well into the early afternoon when it’s time to eat lunch. I add in a sausage, sautéed spinach and onion. The recipe can easily be adapted for however many muffins you need. For each muffin, I use one egg and one egg white. Each muffin is 3 points, and I usually eat 2 for breakfast.
  • I snack on single serving packages of apples, carrots, cheese sticks and an occasional 100 calorie pack of pretzels or something to get my salty fix.
  • I do eat lots and lots of chicken. I make it at the start of the week so it is easy to throw on salads or spaghetti squash.
  • I like to add some sweet potatoes to the mix every now and again, but I have to moderate how much I eat because I can easily over do it
  • I measure out my portion size for everything. I have this EatSmart Digital Kitchen Scale and it takes hardly any extra time. I measure out my spaghetti sauce, weigh my meat portions, olive oil, salad dressing- EVERYTHING. This is the only way I can control my points.
  • I also bought a Spiralizer! So far, I have only used it for zucchini, but there are lots more foods I want to try, I just haven’t had time to experiment yet.
  • If I am looking for dessert, I usually turn to Weight Watchers 1 point Fudgsicles. They are a life saver for me. Plus I made a few healthy desserts- see below!
  • I drink a TON of water and I have pretty much given up Diet Coke. This is so huge for me, I couldn’t even begin to imagine that would have happened.

I encourage you to follow along on my Instagram with the hashtag #bfgoals15 where I share some of my meals I am eating and what I am making!

Skinny Recipes by Beyond Frosting

Skinny Chocolate Pudding Cupcake, Skinny Lemon Mousse Pies, Skinny Sweet Potato and Banana Muffins, Low-Fat Funfetti Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie, Skinny Champagne Parfaits, Healthy Peanut Butter Pancakes

Now that I have established a routine, the hardest part will be MAINTAINING my routine. Sure, it’s hard to get started, but it is even harder to maintain. Here is what keeps me going:

  • I fell SO much better both mentally and physically.
  • My confidence in my snowboarding is returning. Since I have been sticking to my workout routine, I know my body is stronger, which is helping me ride better
  • I notice changes on my body. Particularly with my “tire”. It is much less noticeable that it was 4 pounds ago.
  • I can already tell that my clothes are not fitting as tight and that is a GREAT feeling! It has helped my overall self-esteem and I am walking with a bit more confidence in my step.

I have a goal to work towards.

In June 2014 I was about 145 pounds. In October I was 156 pounds. My first goal is to get back to my June weight. I know I was not satisfied at that weight, but I have to have small obtainable goals to work towards. “I need to lose 25 pounds” is daunting. Start small and celebrate your goals.

My goal is to be under 150 pounds by the time I am heading to Florida a month from now. Between now and then, I’ve got some work to do. I have trips, extended office hours and some events to go to. This just means I need to be prepared to navigate it and if I get off course, there is no reason that I can’t get back into it.

Thanks for sticking with me. I know it’s a long one!

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

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Breakfast Pumpkin Banana Smoothies and a weight loss update

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 Smoothie

Description

The perfect breakfast smoothie combines pumpkin and banana with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 C Pumpkin Puree (Libbys or something similar)
  • 1 Banana (frozen preferred)
  • 1 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of Nutmeg
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth. Serve over ice if desired. Leftover pumpkin can be stored in the refrigerator- covered with tin foil.
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33 Responses
  1. Cassie

    I have been making this smoothie this week and I LOVE it! It is so filling that I am finding I don’t need a mid-morning snack. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am glad to have it as part of my routine now. I have always struggled with my weight but recently lost over 40 pounds and I have been able to keep it off for 6 months now. Good luck with your journey and congrats on what you have accomplished! I know it isn’t easy, especially when dessert is involved!

  2. Peggy

    Wow, I don’t think I could last 7 days…I was on no gluten, no sugar, no dairy for 3 days to try and diagnose why I was getting headaches…and I quit..couldn’t do it…it was just too much time trying to figure out what I COULD eat…

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Julianne, what a great post!! I think what you’ve already done is awesome. . and losing 4 lbs the healthy way is the way to go! and I love that you are doing smaller, more attainable goals. . and LOVE that you guys are walking every night! That is the best! It’s so important to have the support of your loved one when dieting and basically changing your lifestyle. . glad to hear that your boyfriend is on board and supporting you. that walk where you guys are device free and just talking about your day is awesome!!! and I love this smoothie!! I struggled with my weight my entire childhood through adulthood. I was a very chubby kid and was always on diets ever since I can remember. Anyway, for me, it was just portion control and exercise and this is something I’ve been doing and maintaining for like the past 8 to 10 years. You can do this, sister!!

  4. Anne

    Just made this for my mid-morning snack and, wow…this is SO good!
    Great combination–and now a new addiction! If you like pumpkin, you
    will love this. Thanks for this amazing post!!
    Also, great job with the weight loss! 🙂

  5. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I love this smoothie and I love your update!! You got this girl! I love seeing our steps on the fitbit. 🙂 I worked out so hard over the weekend, I messed up my back again (how am I that old!??!) and have taken a few days off, but I’ll be back at it today! Funny – my goal is to be under 150 by the time we meet next month too – let’s do it!!!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Thanks for the update Julianne! It’s so hard. I find myself falling off the wagon a lot. I just get so discouraged! It’s all about sticking with it, that’s for sure!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      You got it Dorothy! Even if I have a few “bad” days, I just need to keep trying and get back on track. One, two, even three days aren’t going to be a game changer.

  7. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    You GO girl!! That is so exciting that you are on your way to achieving your goals. And I have to say that I am impressed with how we’ll you stuck to your detox diet. All the foods that were listed as “don’ts” are basically the foods I live on. This smoothie sounds like a great way to stick to your guns while still eating yummy things. Can’t wait to hear about your continued journey!! 🙂

  8. holly waterfall

    You’re doing awesome! And you know, that’s totally the key – getting right back on track. No one is perfect when it comes to dieting and exercise. There are going to be off days or days when you really just feel like eating pizza. No big deal. Just go with it and get right back into the groove of things the next day. You got this!

  9. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    Congrats Julianne! Getting back on track is what counts. I tried a banana and pumpkin smoothie in the fall, but couldn’t quite perfect it. Can’t wait to try this one 🙂

  10. Debbie

    I can totally relate to your story. I also need to get back into it. I need to loose 15 pounds. It is hard to get back to the routine. I am a lifetime WW who is off her goal. I look forwards o following your healthy lifestyle to get me motivated and back to where I am most happy. Fitting into my old clothes without hiding in oversized clothes! What would you say the WW points would be for this smoothie? Thanks!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Debbie! This smoothie is 4 points, If you add some additional protein powder or something just add in the additional points! I know you can do it Debbie! I am a lifetime member too, and I was 17 pounds off goal. However I did set my goal higher than I really wanted. I adjust as needed. I am not sure what I would do without the program.

  11. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Looks fabulous! I totally want to do a cleanse but I always talk myself out of it. It’s kind of hard when you’re a baker, huh?
    But if you did I surely can!

    Have a great Wednesday!

  12. Misty @ Balancing A Hectic World

    That smoothie looks amazing! I will have to give it a try!

    I see that you are on a journey to lead a healthy lifestyle just like me! I would love to have you over on my Facebook page so you can get an inside view of my journey! I will also be holding some fun little challenges coming up to support one another that I will be announcing on my Facebook page. After all, it is all about balance and we need to have a little fun on the way! If you would like to participate come by and Like my page to stay up to date!

    Misty
    http://www.balancingahecticworld.blogspot.com
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Balancing-A-Hectic-World/392068747533169?ref=hl

  13. Mir

    I can see why people have commented a ton on that photo. It kind of looks like no food is allowed under that plan. I mean, they took away peanuts!
    This smoothie looks fantastic. Another happy breakfast option!
    And using dates is great, once you get used to it. They’re so sweet!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Umm no food is right! I used to make a wonderful date coconut cookie for Christmas, I burned them the first time I tried to make it on my own and it totally discouraged me!

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