The cold winter months always bring us low, make us feel blue and cold. Admit there is nothing you want each winter morning except to stay in your warm bed listening to ‘Never gonna leave this bed again’ by sexy Adam. Winter is the season we need open-armed hugs, tons of chocolate bars, retro movies, cozy cottony rugs and of course rich and pleasant tastes. I am pretty sure you have the kind of hu-u-uge winter cup decorated with deer patterns or encircled with a pretty little scarf. Now we’re gonna spice up your funky ideas of what this cup should be filled with.
Today we’ll talk about smoothies. Yep, believe or not but smoothies aren’t just a summer drink. It can taste both fresh and warm all winter long. These 10 smoothie recipes will boost your mood and help you to spend the cold months in harmony.
1. Super Power Ginger Smoothie
Ginger is the world’s most powerful herb. It combines both the spice and the medicine. It’s commonly used powdered, oiled, dried and fresh. What other things can be added with the ginger to smooth it out?! Try this great combo:
- one half of a pineapple
- one half of a middle-sized ginger
- 2 cups of a simple or a Greek yogurt
- one pinch of vanilla
Honestly saying this recipe is based on the old principle of ‘take a little this, take a little that’. The basic ingredients are the pineapple, the ginger and any kind of yogurt you prefer. You can add some bananas, citrus fruits or even hot milk.
Bet you’ll get an exceptional rich taste and the soft yellow color. Decorate it with a swizzle stick and enjoy! and enjoy!
2. Apple Pie Smoothie
The apple and cinnamon combination is a totally winter taste. It has the smell of Christmas and cozy fireplace evenings.
This smoothie recipe can be the perfect morning starter. Be ready! Your apartment will fill with a classic smell of spices. You’ll get an excellent portion of energy and be in a good mood.
- 10 apples seeded and quartered
- 3 cups of a simple or vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup of hot milk
- 1 ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Decorate it with a cinnamon stick. Close your eyes and take a sip of this heavenly drink.
3. Sweet Spinach Smoothie
The Hollywood trainer Harley Pasternak who is an author of this awesome recipe is pretty sure this low-calories smoothie is the best way to boost your compromised immune system with good-for-you greens. The spinach is rich in vitamin A and C, plus fiber and iron.
- 2 cups of spinach leaves
- 12-15 green grapes
- 2 tablespoons of chopped avocado
- 4 cups of the creamy yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of a ginger
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
You can replace yogurt with a soy milk, add more grapes, add some honey. You’ll get the perfect portion of these important daily vitamins in 10 minutes. Mmmm yummy!
4. Immunity Boosting Сranberry Smoothie
We all know that cranberries have so many benefits for our health that it’s hard to list them all. The cranberry’s structure involves the special proanthocyanidins so it works as a barrier for any kind of bacteria. That’s why I have used it as the main ingredient to create this immunity-boosting smoothie.
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries (you can also take the frozen berries but the fresh ones are preferred)
- 1 cup of the whole milk
- 3 cups of the vanilla yogurt
- 1tsp of the cinnamon
- 2 tsp of the fresh orange juice
Decorate it with a small amount of orange zest, a pinch of cinnamon or a few chia seeds. Now, be healthy!
5. Blueberry-Pomegranate Smoothie
The pomegranate and blueberry are the most powerful nature antioxidants. They have a bland effect and help to calm you down.
- 250g of the fresh blueberries (1 cup of the frozen ones)
- 1 cup of the pomegranate fresh juice
- 1.5 cup of hot soy milk
- 1\2 cup of the simple yogurt
- 2 tsp of honey
So if you skipped yoga – this drink’s got you covered. Just blend these ingredients and taste the harmony itself. Namaste.
6. Pumpkin Cake Smoothie
Seems like pumpkin was created by nature to warm us up. Admit even at the thought of it you feel that pleasant warmth. Its juicy, deep-orange colored flesh is rich for the alpha-carotene and vitamins A, C, E. Its health benefits include an anti-aging effect, it stimulates production of collagen and skin renewal processes. Still have any doubts about trying this smoothie recipe? I swear it will taste finger-licking good.
- 1 cup of pumpkin flesh (puree)
- 1 banana
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of non-diary milk
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (or just take a little bit of cinnamon)
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter(RT)
Decorate it with a few pumpkin seeds and then you can drink it both hot and cold. To cool it down just put in a few coconut-water ice cubes.
The whole winter mood and mystery will be reveal to you in a cup of this delicious smoothie.
7. Pear-Almond Hot Smoothie
Pear is one of the most common smoothie ingredients. It’s rich in dietary fibers which play the main role in the proper elimination of bad toxins. It’s considered the great immunity booster because of the high concentration of vitamin C. This content effectively fights colds and just helps you to feel warm and comfortable during the winter cold season. Take note of this luxurious seasonal smoothie.
- 2 chopped pears
- 1\2 cup of water
- 1.5 cup of almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of almond butter (RT)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Decorate it with a couple of almonds and cinnamon powder. Don’t forget about the bright straw.
I bet it will melt even the most frozen of hearts!
8. Cold Buster Smoothie
Winter is the season when flu bugs are everywhere. This smoothie idea is pure genius and an easy way to fight with colds and flu in a the short term. Its ingredients are rich in vitamin C and a lot of the antioxidants. It will help you to support your immune system.
- 250ml of coconut water
- 1\2 cup of coconut milk
- 2 oranges without zest
- 4 tangerines without zest
- a few mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
- 2 teaspoons of honey
Use the citruses’ zest to decorate the drink and just enjoy this orange miracle!
9. Spiced Oatmeal Smoothie
The oatmeal is one of the most heart-healthy products. Among its benefits are cardiovascular effect, a high concentration of fiber, stabilization of blood pressure, a decrease in the cholesterol level and protection from the free radicals.
All of us girls are just tired of eating cereal, cooking oatmeal pancakes, donuts and waffles. Here is a fresh idea to spice up you oatmeal cooking list.
- 1\4 glass of filtered water
- 1\2 glass of a cow milk
- 1\3 glass of the uncooked oats
- 2tbsp of a peanut butter
- 1tsp of cinnamon
- 1tsp of ginger paste
- 1 tsp of honey
Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on the top, close your eyes and let yourself feel what to relax really means.
10. Queen Spicy Mango Smoothie
There are a lot of reasons you need to eat a mango every day. It has a sweet and creamy taste, smells like summer and contains more than 20 vitamins and minerals. Here is quick and easy way to treat yourself with a fresh idea of cooking the ‘King of fruits’.
- 1 large mango (or a cup of frozen chunky mango)
- 1 large mandarin
- 1\2 cup of almond milk
- 1\8 tsp of cayenne (you can add less or more)
- 2 tsp of honey
Bet you’ll go mad about this taste and smell. I guarantee one cup won’t be enough.