Oh sweet pumpkin, how I love decorating with you, making happy faces with you on Halloween, eating your seeds and enjoying you in a pumpkin pie.
Trouble is, when you eat gluten and dairy free, most pumpkin pies are neither dairy or gluten free. Dairy is usually added to the filling and wheat is usually added to the filling and the crust. Over the Canadian Thanksgiving, I just could not resist having a slice of pumpkin pie. I did not eat the crust thinking I was just having just dairy. As many of you know, I do like to test how my intolerance to dairy, gluten and sugar is going as I focus on replenishing my gut flora and healing my intestinal lining. I don’t recommend testing with foods that you know are intolerant or sensitive to until a fair bit of time has passed. My first test was 6 months after being gluten, dairy and sugar free which I wrote about on Julie Daniluk’s blog here. That test was a huge failure. I test every couple of months and as I heal, the reactions are less severe but I still react and then spend a week recovering to feel my vibrant self with no brain fog or other symptoms.
So how did the pumpkin pie experiment go?
Well as I already had a small cold, it brought my cold to an extreme cold that lasted for 1.5 weeks. My hubby commented that my “cold” seemed more like a food reaction than a “cold” to him. So I decided that pumpkin pie no matter how good it was, needed to left off the future “test” list. Then a visit to my sister-in-law’s home came with a gluten-free, dairy-free but not sugar-free pumpkin pie that she made for our visit. She is also gluten and diary intolerant so I love going to her home as she teaches me tips on how to make this a permanent lifestyle and she totally understands the urge to test and suffering the consequences. My best advice to you is to plan alternatives ahead of time so you are not tempted to test and suffer the results. Really, is a piece of pie worth feeling crappy for days? With a little bit of planning, you will feel great after every event you go to.
I will get the pumpkin pie recipe for you and will share it if my sister- in-law will share the secret family recipe that she made into a gluten-free, dairy-free delight. When I mentioned this story to a couple of girlfriends, they suggested I needed to explore making a pumpkin pie smoothie.
So now, when the urge to have a piece of pumpkin pie strikes, I make up a batch of this wonderful Organic Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. It takes less than five minutes to make and because it has chia in it, you can put it the fridge for a serving later and it will still have a thicker texture.
We had our first frost last night and the leaves on my walnut tree are showering down on the deck. I love the tastes of fall and the colours it brings. Pumpkins are part of the autumn feeling along with big sweaters, boots and crisp fresh air.
I believe this Organic Pumpkin Spice Smoothie will be part of your new autumn favourites.
To pumpkins and celebrating being gluten-free and dairy-free with planning ahead for success.
Your Wellness Cheerleader, Holistic Nutritionist and 9 Cup Challenge partner
Organic Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
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