My Easy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake Recipe
Hey It-Girls! Today is the official first day of autumn and the fall vibes are in full swing! I've been really getting into the idea of seasonal eating lately and really want to challenge myself in the next few months to try new ingredients and eat according to what's in season. Not only does this mean I can incorporate more variety and nutritional value into my diet but eating with the seasons is also said to be more environmentally friendly, reducing demand for out of season produce and supporting local farming industries. Using apps like Weezy has made this so much easier as they source directly from local farmers, use minimal packaging and their produce is so fresh compared with regular supermarkets.
Since the start of this year I've been trying to live a more consciously aligned life. I got one step closer to this when I started my new job earlier this year, working with a sustainable start-up here in the UK. But as I've been learning more and discovering all these new companies that support holistic health, people and the planet, I've also been working towards getting to a point with my content where I could actually start collaborating with these brands. Working with a company that is aligned with my values has been a personal goal of mine for a long time and is something I definitely didn't expect so soon into starting this blog. So I was incredibly excited when I got contacted by BOXD Health.
They're a sustainable wellness brand offering protein shakes specially formulated to support women's health. BOXD are body positive and anti-diet culture which I absolutely love as I'm all about intuitive eating - read more on that here. They are also dedicated to being environmentally responsible with gorgeous plastic-free biodegradable packaging and great plant-based options! I was lucky enough to be gifted* with some of their vegan protein to try and I thought this would also be the perfect time to try out a new protein shake recipe!
This recipe is #PSL vibes without the caffeine but with all the flavour and the energy boost! I'd actually never tasted pumpkin before now but I absolutely love it and now I'm super excited to find more 'fall recipes' to try - head to my Pinterest board here for more recipe inspo. This recipe is also dairy-free, using BOXD pea + hemp protein in Madagascan vanilla flavour with oat milk (BOXD also do whey protein).
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake Recipe
1 green apple (in season)
2 tbsp natural pumpkin puree (in season)
500g oat milk
2 tsp Dose & Co collagen powder
Maple syrup to taste (ran out of this so using golden syrup here)
1 pinch of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg (pumpkin spice)
Chia seeds (optional topping)
Chop an apple into small chunks
You can definitely pre-make pumpkin puree from scratch but unfortunately I couldn't find any pumpkins in my local area at the time so I've used a 100% natural canned pumpkin puree here
Add all ingredients to a blender
Blend until smooth and fully mixed
Pour into your fave glass and top with chia seeds and cinnamon
I usually don't like the flavouring of most protein shakes but the Madagascan vanilla blends so naturally with other flavours and isn't sickly or overpowering which is fab and means I can use it in a variety of ways. I don't really love chocolate flavoured shakes but they also have a Double Chocolate Brownie flavour which I'd be interested to try in some homemade brownies. I also love the ease of having sachets rather than one big sack of protein because it's a lot less messy and really convenient. I can take these with me to work or when I travel which means I can keep up my routine even on the go! What's great about BOXD is that they offer a flexible subscription service so you can schedule deliveries to your door before you run out and save money in the process.
I did some more research into how they've formulated their shakes for women specifically and was really interested to find that their formulas actually contain active ingredients based on deficiencies that are common with women including Iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12. As someone who has struggled with deficiencies in the past, I definitely appreciate a protein powder that isn't just about 'gains' or weight loss but actually focuses on offering nutritional value as a whole.