A Long Weekend Hangover (LWH): describes the sum of unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following a holiday long weekend, such as Thanksgiving. The LWH is especially hard to recover from if you were drinking red wine like juice, eating Pumpkin Pie Brownies like vegetables, and singing Moves Like Jagger 14 times during a 3 hour drive.
Hangover symptoms may persist for several days after pumpkin pie was last consumed. Scratchy Throat Syndrome (otherwise known as singing Moves Like Jagger 14 times), may require strange green drinks for relief.
Repeat as necessary.
The Long Weekend Hangover may also be present in animals, most notably the cantankerous feline species. Hibernation under dining room tables may result for up to 72 hours. Cat treats, when left on the chair but not hand fed, are encouraged if not essential for total recuperation. Do not disturb feline or Stink Eye may occur.
For complete recovery from LWH, ingesting pumpkin first thing in the morning is necessary or withdrawal symptoms may persist.
Recommended Dosage: Pumpkin Gingerbread in smoothie form until symptoms dissipate or until the next long weekend, whichever comes first.
Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie
My two favourite Fall-inspired smoothies (Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and Iron Woman Smoothie) combined to create a drink that could cure any LWH.
Yield: 1 serving
- 1 cup almond milk, plus a bit more if necessary
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- pinch nutmeg
- Ice, if desired
1. Soak the oats, almond milk, and chia seeds for at least an hour or overnight. This helps them digest better and it also gives the smoothie a smoother texture.
2. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Add ice if desired.
Prognosis…improved and likely to recover.
My cat could out stink-eye your cat any day of the week! :) The smoothie looks amazing!
Yum! I love pumpkin and molasses together- such a comforting autumnal treat :) After learning about the awesome nutrition blackstrap molasses has, I try to consume it as much as I can!
Hope you get over your LWH :)
Angela I am sick and very sleepy and this is the first time I’ve posted but I must say I LOVE YOU!!! You are wonderful and inspirational….
And I’m so happy it’s fall and time to drink pumpkin smoothies again a-la-Angela!
Keep up the awesome work woman!
Thanks Erin…feel better soon!
Oh wow that looks AWESOME!
I’d have that following a homemade pumpkin latte!
I made your pumpkin pie brownie last year and everyone loved it. Such a great recipe.
hehe anyone would think you like Moves like Jagger……. ;-) Loving your Winter warmers, they make me feel less anxious about the forthcoming dark evenings.
What a great smoothie! I think I’ll have that as my dessert tonight! I made your Pumpkin Butter last night and it turned out great! It seems your Pumpkin Butter is all over the blog world! Thanks for the recipes!
LWH…love it!:) Also, love your recipe for success! Going to try this this morning for bkfast! Might add some spinach…just because I have a hard time having a smoothie w/o spinach these days!
Need … pumpkin … now! I made this right away and yum,yum. This is the best! It’s a healthy pumpkin pie in a glass! My 9-year-old also gives it high marks. I wish we had all day to just make your recipes. Haven’t found anything I don’t like!
Oooh this sounds good, I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)
Pumpkin is my happiness during fall season, and this smoothie looks amazingly good! Definitely trying it here.
Now Angela, I know that is not the topic of the post, but your “green drink” picture looks so creamy and delicious, would you mind sharing with me? I love green smoothies!
now, that is a nice recovery drink!! way better than pickles, I think, though I like them ;)
I couldn’t help but laugh at the picture of your cat. I have a Bengal as well and mine loves to sleep on the dinning room chairs under the table. There are days when I can not find him and realize that I didn’t check his other sleeping spot ;0)
P.S. What a great remedy for a LWH!
Hi Angela :)
Well, I just wanted to post because I have been following you for a while your recipes are delicious by the way) and now I am sitting here drinking a pumpkin mollasses smoothie( with kale!) and figured I should thank you :)
so thank you for your delicious recipes, for getting me into veganism and running, AND helping me to start to overcome my ED.
Hey Kaitlyn, Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes (and smoothie!).
Angela, I had some leftover pumpkin from making your delicious Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced ‘Buttercream’ (first time, and the loaf was sooo mosit and flavorful!), and was saving it for your addicting Pumpkin Pie Banana Chunk Cookies until I came across this smoothie. I have not met a recipe of yours that I didn’t adore. I am normally a cereal girl, but made this smoothie this morning and it is now in my top 3 smoothie recipes. I couldn’t believe how thick and doughy the consistency was, and the flavor is spot-on with a pumpkin pie. I can’t wait to make it again! Now to get myself to the store to stock-up again……
Thanks for your feedback Hayley! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipes :) I think the smoothie is one of my top 3 too.
Brekkie tomorrow sorted out! Whoop whoop!
This is delicious! :D
This smoothy looks so yummy (as do your other smoothies) but do you think this has enough staying power to drink as a breakfast? I find that the more ingredients I add to a smoothie it’s very easy to clock in at a lot of calories. I’m one of those people who want a smoothie but I don’t want to add the 3 T of peanut butter when your adding so many other things. Does that make sense? lol
I had it for breakfast and found that with the protein powder it was quite filling. I was fine until lunch. You can always modify it based on your needs though!
You said with the protein powder it was quite filling. There’s no protein powder in the recipe. Do you typically add protein powder to all your smoothies, even if it’s not listed in the recipe? How much do you add? Vanilla or plain?
Wow this looks so creamy and delicious! Yum!
This is a perfect Fall pumpkin treat!
just made your pumpkin gingerbread smoothie – yum… has a great fresh pumpkin taste… but one serving?? Wow you can eat girl!! :)
Yes, yes, YES! That would be my internal monologue while drinking/savoring this. Thank you for your advice on soaking the seeds and oats. Definitely giving that a whirl today (no pun intended). :)
I think I’ve already commented once before on this post but I’m enjoying a pumpkin gingerbread smoothie right this minute and oh my stars….super delicious….I love the addition of the molasses….thank you!!!!!!
Oh my word. I wish I could eat this right now. I love anything with pumpkin!
This was INSANELY good. I drank one for breakfast this morning. Tasty and super filling.
I’ve been making this all week as an oatmeal! (well monday was smoothie form). It’s helping me get back on track to healthy eating, and mmm is it delish and filling in the now chilly mornings!
Pretty much anything with pumpkin is going to make me drool over it. We at Skinnyfat have gotten into the spirit with chocolate chunk pumpkin bars and pumpkin brownies. I think I’m going to make this next because it looks and sounds fantastic!
I am allergic to bananas and I believe most (if not all) of the shakes have banana in them. Any ideas of what I can do to replace the banana? There is just nothing like a banana and leaving it out just doesn’t do the trick!
Your cat is gorgeous! And the pumpkin smoothie looks divine. Overall, this blog post gave me many smiles on a cold Sunday morning. So, thank you.
I’m glad to hear that!
This looks delicious. What is the crunchy stuff on top of the smoothie?
I think if my memory serves me correctly it was a crumbled ginger cookies (recipe is on my blog somewhere)
Made this tonight and LOVED it !!!!!
This was my breakfast yesterday – sooo yummy! Definitely making it again this week with the leftover pumpkin I have in my fridge :)
I made this like it was going out of style back when you posted it in 2011. Then I got pregnant and got too lazy to cook much, then I had a baby and really stopped cooking almost altogether. But I’m happy to say that I’m back to making this after an almost two-year hiatus. My little girl is now 15 months old and she loves this smoothie, too!
Congrats on your baby! (Or are they called toddlers after 1 year – I’m clueless hah). So glad you both enjoy the smoothie :)
I have to say… I truly did not enjoy this recipe. I’m usually a big fan of your recipes (and smoothies in general) but the consistency here was just subpar. The chia seeds didn’t expand and tasted like toes. But keep up the good work! I loved your pumpkin mac’n cheeze sauce as well as your butternut squash mac’n cheeze sauce.
Thanks, Angela. Tasted great…good way to use up my blackstrap too!
The recipe sounds good. I’ll surely try it over the weekend. I have some guests coming over.
Hope you enjoy it, Nikita! :)