Do you ever notice that you really don’t feel like having a smoothie in the cold, damp winter months? You definitely aren’t alone! It can be hard to choke down and big, cold, icy beverage when it’s only 4 degrees out. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, when it’s cold and damp outside, we should focus on warming foods to counter balance this. That being said, smoothies are a quick and convenient breakfast option for those who are a little pressed for time in the mornings, getting kids (and themselves) out the door. So, there are a few things we can do to warm our smoothies up a bit so we can enjoy the convenience factor all year round.
- Add warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg.
- Avoid using ice or frozen fruit
- Make sure you add healthy fats, which are thermic in nature (especially coconut oil)
- Make a warm smoothie using a base of freshly brewed rooibos tea instead of the typical water or almond milk. You can easily substitute this into the recipe below.
- Make a little bit ahead of time and leave on the counter to bring to room temperature before drinking
Nourishing Winter Smoothie Recipe:
Makes 1 serving
- 1 apple or pear
- 1 ½ cups almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 date
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom (alternatively, you could use 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices listed here)
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp collagen powder (we love Bulletproof brand, available in our dispensary) or other protein powder of your choice
- ¼ tsp kelp powder (optional, but provides a good nutrient boost – available in our dispensary)
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Leave on the counter at room temperature for 30 minutes to let it warm up even further.