Smoothies are all the rage. Unfortunately most smoothies are packed with fruit juices, tropical fruit, and sweeteners like honey. In other words: sugar, sugar, and more sugar.
Here in the Northeast, it’s getting cold out. You know what happens to all that sugar when it’s cold out and you’re sitting on your ass all day?
It gets stored as fat!
On top of that, most fruits are cooling to the body, which is why they grow in the Summer, not the Fall and Winter. Why would you want to eat something that makes you colder?
But a liquid meal is so easy and fun – I would hate for you to miss out all season. Here are 3 ways to warm up your smoothies so they keep you satisfied in the Fall and Winter months:
- Swap out watery and sugary fruits and veggies for something more sturdy and concentrated, like winter squash puree or cooked oatmeal.
- Use fruit as an accent to naturally sweeten, instead of using it as the main event.
- Add some spices like ginger and cinnamon to make it feel warmer!
Want to see how it’s done? Click the video below to learn how to make my new favorite treat, a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie:
8 oz unsweetened almond milk (or water, coconut milk, or other nondairy milk)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 frozen banana
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until well-combined. Enjoy!
Other ways you can spice it up:
- add a scoop of protein powder (I like Vega powder)
- 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal instead of the yogurt or pumpkin
- frozen blueberries instead of the banana
- add a tbsp of chia seeds to thicken and add fiber and omega-3’s
What’s one way you can warm up your smoothie this season?