The days are getting shorter and the air has a crisp chill that hints at the winter to come. There’s no need to take a vacation from healthy green smoothies during the coldest months of the year.
With the cold and flu season in full swing, you need that vegetable nutrition more than ever! Instead of taking a break from smoothies, reach for some different ingredients to add a warming sensation to your blends.
If the chill in the air makes you yearn for warmth in your glass, try these cold weather green smoothie tips:
Non-Frozen Fruits: During the summer, frozen berries in your green smoothies keep you cool and accent summer fruit nicely. But during the winter, use fresh ingredients and drink your smoothie at room temperature. It’s healthier that way and you won’t chill your body unnecessarily.
Cinnamon & Spice: Since apples, pears and pumpkin are in season, accent these flavors with ground cinnamon, all spice, clove and nutmeg. You can make some delicious vanilla-custard smoothies using durian, or try our apple pie or pumpkin pie smoothie recipes. If you use spices, be sure to use subtly flavored fall fruits (avoid tropical flavors and berries) and stick with non-bitter greens like baby spinach and leaf lettuce.
Add a Kick of Ginger: Fresh ginger root will give your smoothie a warming sensation. Grate fresh ginger into your smoothie prior to blending it. Ginger blends well with just about anything, but it is especially good with apples, pears, carrots, mangoes, citrus, pineapple and bananas. Don’t go overboard with bitter greens like dandelion or kale if you are using ginger.
Hot Cayenne Pepper: Wait, did I just tell you to put cayenne pepper in your green smoothies? Yes! A dash of cayenne in a raw chocolate (cacao) smoothie gives a warm, Mexican flair to your chocolaty shake. Cayenne can also be used with raw vegetable blender soups. Check out this spicy red pepper soup.
Raw Veggie Blender Soups: If you have a high-speed blender like the Vitamix, you can make warm soup in about 90 seconds. I love to make mine with carrots, tomatoes, a little onion, some fresh dill, a clove of garlic and a few stalks of celery. Blender soups provide the nutrition of fresh, whole vegetables in a steaming hot (from your high-speed blender) bowl of savory deliciousness. I can’t think of anything better to sip on a chilly fall or winter day.
These are just a few suggestions for making cold weather smoothies. What’s your favorite cold weather blend? Share it below by posting a comment.
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.