I don’t know about you, but when it’s chilly outside the last thing I crave is a cold smoothie. During warmer months, I have a green smoothie daily without much thought, but it dawned on me recently that I hadn’t made a smoothie in weeks!
I figured I couldn’t be the only one with this problem so I started doing a little research on how to keep smoothies in your routine during the winter months. That’s when I came across these great tips from IncredibleSmoothies.com! Enjoy!
Cold Weather Smoothie Tips from IncredibleSmoothies.com:
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.