ORANGE PUMPKIN SPICE SMOOTHIE.

ORANGE PUMPKIN SPICE SMOOTHIE.
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This post was created in partnership with Trop50 juice beverage. All opinions are my own, including my excitement for this delicious, reduced sugar orange juice.

I get sentimental when I fly. It’s a well-documented, universal phenomenon (there’s a whole episode of This American Life about it), but it always feels deeply personal, a reminder of my humanity, the fallibility of my emotion, the depth of my longing to feel more, higher, stronger. Even at 35,000 feet, I want to prove that I am real, distinctive. Usually, I end up crying, and writing, and crying more. I remember all the non-places I’ve done this before: over the Grand Canyon, over the Pacific Ocean, over Greenland, over thousands of unnamed mountains that stand unmoved beneath the tiny shadow of the plane. In the air I am nowhere with the potential to be anywhere. And so, I feel.

The drama is rarely so buoyant back on solid ground. My mind shifts to quotidian concerns: How will I get from Newark to Brooklyn Heights? Will my Lyft smell terrible? Will I be this dehydrated forever? And, of course, I start dreaming about my next meal. When I’m traveling as much as I am this fall, I need food that’s smart, powerful, fulfilling. Enter this orange pumpkin spice smoothie, fortified with delicious Trop50, an answer to my desire for a fresh squeezed juice with half the sugar.

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Last week, and then again this week, I flew across the country. My first stop was New York, where I spent five days in the flow of Kale & Caramel cookbook press. I woke up every morning with so many places to be it was hard to keep track, and I got to meet so many kind folks who’ve been internet buds for years. The team at mindbodygreen was incredibly welcoming, the book party at Seed + Mill in Chelsea Market was a glorious reminder of what a sweet New York family I have intact, and the editors of Real Simple were pure sweetness. I got to see the new FeedFeed space in Bushwick (zomg it’s amazing!) and jet over to Roberta’s for my very first of their legendary pizza pies. (For the record: It was every bit as amazing as I hoped it would be.)

I spent all day Thursday with the editorial team of Better Homes & Garden at their Stylemakers event, and was floored by their generosity and openness. Plus, I got to make a fig and pistachio cake with Joy the Baker and traipse around town with my beautiful friend Renee from Will Frolic For Food. On Friday, I finally met the glorious Stephanie Butnick, deputy editor of Tablet Magazine, and the rest of the Unorthodox podcast team. We talked about growing up in a hippie Jewish family on Maui, and about challah, naturally. By the time the weekend rolled around, I was filled with so much joy I don’t know that I would’ve cried even at 35,000 feet.

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Every morning in New York, I found myself eagerly traipsing out to get a smoothie, eager to start the day right. But every time I’d end up disappointed by how sweet it was. Even when I asked them to leave out the coconut nectar, the banana base skyrocketed its sweetness into levels I knew wouldn’t make me feel great an hour or two later. As soon as I came home to LA, I reached for the bottle of Trop50 for a smoothie base with 50% less sugar and a ton of vitamin C and potassium.

Despite this past weekend’s heat wave, I’m starting to crave autumn flavors, and this smoothie delivers them in spades: pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and rich orange. Blended with plain Greek yogurt, it’s a genius dose of protein without the cloying intensity of full force fructose. And did I mention that the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are excellent for circulation and for reducing inflammation?

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Feel free to customize this smoothie as you like: Add in a protein powder, some vanilla, additional spices, or a nice handful of greens. You can rest easy using a base of Trop50, knowing that you’re already cutting your morning sugar dose in half. For me, that means sustained energy for longer, with greater focus and a steadier sense of fullness.

I’ll have highlights from the second week of my trip up soon. I fell in love with Vermont and can’t wait to share its beauty with you. Until then, enjoy the fall smoothie vibes.

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
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Orange Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

A tangy and bright autumn-spiced smoothie with orange juice, pumpkin puree, and Greek yogurt.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Trop50
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • 6-8 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender 

  • oh lily! love the sound of a spiced up orange smoothie! you dream up the most delicious and wildest flavors! forever in awe of your creativity <3

    • Thanks sweet lady! Hope you and Ames are well and staying safe from all the smoke in our LA skies this week. <3

  • Caterina Snyder

    Lily I am so stinkin proud of everything you have going on. It’s been an absolute joy to watch your blog grow and flourish without you ever compromising who you are. You are such an amazing role model for all the boat-rocking, soul-searching humans out there. Thank you xoxoxoxo

    • Caterina!! My goodness. Thank you so much. I’m sorry for the crazy delay in reply. Feeling your sweet words in every cell. I appreciate you. Sending hugs!! (And hopefully the book finally got to you?!)

  • Love hearing about your NY adventures, and I’m ecstatic to see how your trip to Vermont went! I feel existentially overwhelmed like that when I’m flying sometimes, too, so I enjoyed reading your very eloquent thoughts on it. xoxo


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