Warming Winter Smoothie
Do you miss smoothies during the winter? I miss smoothies in the winter.
When the weather gets colder, I find that smoothies are too cool and slow down my digestion.
After researching the ancient practice of Ayurveda, I discovered ways to “warm up” your smoothie so that it is not as cooling for your body. This is great when you already have to deal with colder temperatures but still want your daily dose. Here’s how.
It is simple to make this smoothie. You only need one blender, ten minutes, and ten ingredients.
Start with bananas, carrots, and zucchini (or cauliflower). Recently, I have been using fewer bananas to get more fiber and sweetness by substituting carrots. When adding protein powder, too much banana can make the recipe too sweet.
Then, add protein powder and hemp seed to provide essential fatty acids and warming spices such as ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric. You can substitute my Golden Milk Blend for these spices, giving this smoothie a new creative twist. This blend is also used in my Golden Milk Snack Bite. ).
Try these tips to make your smoothies more warming:
Use ingredients that are cold or at room temperature instead of frozen
Spices that stimulate digestion include cinnamon, black powder, turmeric, cayenne and ginger.
Coconut milk can be more excellent than dairy-free pints of milk such as cashew, macadamia, or cashew.
Add roasted winter squash like butternut or sweet potato instead of frozen banana
It is better to drink in the afternoon when digestion is strongest, rather than in the morning.
These little changes can make a big difference this winter and spring to keep your body warm while still being nourished! I am not a nutritionist or Ayurvedic doctor. These changes have allowed me to continue enjoying smoothies during the winter! ( Here is a list of cooling and warming foods!).
Half a banana, peeled and sliced (and frozen).
Peel and chop 1 small carrot
1/4 cup sliced Zucchini (or chopped raw, steamed or frozen cauliflower)
Add additional bananas to plain protein powder if you are using it.
3/4 – 1 cup dairy-free milk (we prefer cashew)
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
Fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 tbsp
Use 1/4 tsp of ground turmeric* or 4 times the amount of fresh turmeric
1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon
Black pepper* 1 pinch (increases the bioavailability)
1 tsp Spirulina ( optional or 1 handful of spinach or kale/ adds more fiber and green color)
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender on high for a few minutes until smooth and creamy. Add more dairy-free water (or milk) if necessary. Greens and/or spirulina are optional but can make your smoothie more nutritious and green .
Add more spices to the flavor as desired, such as ginger or banana powder for sweetness or spice.
Enjoy immediately. If desired, garnish with hemp seeds or turmeric powder (optional). Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours, but are best eaten fresh. You can freeze leftovers and use them in smoothies.