When you want to grab a breakfast you can drink on the go, or a hearty snack to keep you full between meals, a healthy smoothie is a great choice. Not only is it convenient, but you can pack in a lot of nutrition in that one quick drink. Here, we offer some seasonal smoothies to make the most of winter flavors and produce.
- This Apple and Nut Smoothie brings in the flavors of the season. To make it, blend gala or pink lady apples, roasted, salted peanuts, yogurt and honey until mostly smooth. Then toss in some ice cubes and blend until completely smooth, adding water as needed to adjust the consistency. It’s the perfect, satisfying snack after a long, chilly day at school, and if need to make it nut-free, you can substitute wheat germ for a snack that’s just as hearty.
- Pumpkin is king throughout the cold season, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t include this Pumpkin Ginger Smoothie. Unlike the rich pumpkin desserts and sugary pumpkin drinks that can drag us down, this fiber-packed smoothie has a bit of a refreshing tang. It’s easy to make, by putting pumpkin puree, yogurt, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, ginger and cinnamon into a blender and blending until smooth. Once it’s poured into glasses, dust lightly with cinnamon to finish it beautifully.
- If you’ve got leftover cranberries from a holiday celebration, that’s a great excuse for this Cran-Sicle Smoothie. Mix frozen cranberries with orange juice and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness, vanilla yogurt, plus wheat germ for a nutty flavor and a healthy dose of zinc, iron, and vitamins B and E. Garnish with a thinly sliced cranberry.
- This Banana Nog Smoothie is a great alternative to eggnog, low in fat and filled with fiber. To make it, blend banana with yogurt, dates, and nutmeg until mostly smooth, adding ice and blending completely.
- As the winter drags on, a Green Smoothie gives a good boost to your energy levels, mood, and immune system. Mix vitamin C-rich pineapple and frozen grapes with nutrient-dense kale, plus lemon juice, ginger, and flaxseed for a powerhouse smoothie that’s also full of fiber.
- When fresh berries are not in season, you can still brighten your morning with frozen berries and this Red Berry and Beet Smoothie. It’s delicious, with an earthy flavor, and loaded with antioxidants and fiber. To prepare it, blend berries, beet, lemon juice, honey, and coconut oil.
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