When I was in college I used to always get lattes from starbucks or other coffee shops. They were loaded with caffeine and sugar so it would give me a boost to study for a while and after a couple cups of course I would crash miserably. Later on in life when I got wiser and learned about nutrition, I realized this was not the best decision. It was loaded with calories but more than that, they are loaded with processed stuff. Everyone once and a while everyone needs a hot cup of a nice drink so I came up with a cool healthy version of the hot pumpkin spice drink which might be a little anabolic and have anti-fatigue effects on the body.
- 3 cups almond milk or fat free milk.
- 4 cups chopped pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons of Raw Honey
- 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Basically you throw all these in a high power blender such as a vitamix and you blend it for a while until everything is liquified. Then I pour this in to a pot and heat up to the desired temperature. I try not to to make it too hot to make sure the enzymes don't die and I get a better bang for the buck.
Recent research showed that pumpkin extract increases grip strength and endurance capacity in mice. So this drink might actually bring your monstrous side out. I like to drink this as a pre-workout drink and I feel like I get really good pumps at the gym. Who knows, maybe it is placebo effect but either way, pumpkin is full of antioxidants and a great addition to your diet.
The strenght and endurance graphs were as below in a Korean research
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