warm smoothies for winter

warm winter smoothies

As a hater of winter, I’ve been pretty lucky this year. It seems that winter pretty much only started this week here in Toronro, so I can’t really complain (although I most certainly do).

Stick it to winter with these warm smoothies to sip on while you snuggle up inside!

Drinking smoothies is one of my favourite past times. However, drinking cold beverages in the cooler months can be detrimental to your digestive health and unbalancing in general, according to ayurveda. Simply warming up your nut milk when the temperature outside starts dropping is like giving your guts a personal thank you for working so hard. They deserve it for all the shit they deal with… (haha)

warm winter smoothies

As a nutritionist I always strive for balance in my diet, and in my life, so this simple adjustment allows me to enjoy smoothies year round.

Another simple way to make a smoothie more warming, rather than cooling, is to add spices. I’ve used fresh ginger and turmeric in these smoothies for their warming and anti-inflammatory effects, in addition to chai spice (cardamom, ginger, cloves, cinnamon) and few spicier warming spices like pepper and cayenne. And for an added bonus, the pepper helps your body absorb the healing properties of turmeric *thumbs up*

warm beet smoothie

 

Warm Beet Smoothie

Recipe:

  • 1 beet
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 2″ ginger
  • 1″ turmeric
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 tbsp chai spice
  • 1 cup warm nut milk

Directions:

Warm nut milk in a pot on the stove on medium-low for a few minutes. Meanwhile add all other ingredients to your blender. Once milk is warm to the touch, add to blender and blend until combined.

In my warm ginger pear smoothie I decided to throw in a little bit of my favourite vegan protein powder to not only boost the protein content, but to help keep me fuller, longer and keep my blood sugar balanced, ooooh ya.

warm winter smoothies

warm winter smoothies

Warm Ginger Pear Smoothie

Recipe:

  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder (I use this one from Genuine Health)
  • 1 cup warm nut milk
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and cayenne

Directions:

Warm nut milk in a pot on the stove on medium-low for a few minutes. Meanwhile add all other ingredients to your blender. Once milk is warm to the touch, add to blender and blend until combined.

warm winter smoothies

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warm winter smoothies

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