October 19, 2015 02:37 PM

Courtesy Lisa Lillien

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

We’re officially into pumpkin-everything season. While it may start out innocently enough – perhaps a skim-milk pumpkin latte here or there – eventually the need for decadent pumpkin treats is going to take over your brain. And sooner or later, a pumpkin milkshake is gonna cross your path. Skip it! I’ve got a perfect recipe swap.

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The great thing about this shake? It’s got smoothie-style nutrition. There’s real pumpkin in there, plus protein powder, which gives it extra-rich texture. Add in some ice ‘n spices and almond milk and voila! Pro tip: Make sure you have cute straws at home (they make DIY milkshakes 43 percent more fun).

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Perfect Pumpkin Shake
Serves: 1

¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ cup canned pure pumpkin
3 tbsp. plain protein powder with 100 calories or less per serving
2 no-calorie sweetener packets
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups crushed ice (about 10 ice cubes)

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.

Nutritional Information: Entire recipe (about 18 oz.): 112 calories, 2.5g fat, 163mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 11g protein

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