As the weather outside goes from delightful to frightful, RAW foodies, clean eaters and smoothie lovers begin to put aside all their frozen fruit recipes in favor of warmer, even hot, smoothie recipes. There is nothing more comforting than a warm breakfast smoothie or a hot afternoon snack that is chock-full of hearty ingredients, winter spices, and creamy textures. Below is a list of my absolute GO-TO superfood winter smoothies!
GingerBread Winter Smoothie
What defines winter more than hot gingerbread? This is one of my all-time favorite smoothies and the only thing better is a GingerBread Winter Smoothie accompanied by homemade gingerbread itself!
What’s more is the My Healthy Living Coach explains why this smoothie is super duper healthy, “The spices in this smoothie not only recreate the gingerbread flavour, but also give a boost to your metabolism. Cinnamon keeps your arteries healthy, ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in your body, the cloves reduce inflammation and cardamom helps detox the kidneys. Bring them all together and you have a powerful medicine and a delicious taste!”
OK, bring it on!
Visit My Healthy Living Coach for this yummy recipe!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Tis the season for all things pumpkin, and rightly so pumpkin is creamy, filling and comforting. I realize the internet is screaming with pumpkin recipes, but this one … this one is different. Not only because it’s vegan AND gluten free, but because it’s both delicious and healthy … unlike those pumpkin drinks at that overly-priced, overrated, hipster “coffee” conglomerate, Starbucks.
Pumpkin is extremely high in fiber, low in calories and packs an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients, including potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium and vitamins C and E. Pumpkin also contains one of the richest supplies of bioavailable carotenoids known to man!
Check out 86Lemons for this yummy recipe.
OATY CHOCOLATE HOT SMOOTHIE
This one is going to be a hit for anyone with a pulse, well, as long as you love chocolate, which I do…so so so much! And with a mere 6 ingredients, it’s as easy to make as you could ever hope for. Healthy, rich, creamy, filling, and only a little over 300 calories, this smoothie is a one-size-fits-all gem! It’s such a wonderful way to start your day … chocolate, oats, banana, Almonds, Almond Milk and superfood chia seeds — just super yum!
Visit Kitchen Sanctuary for this recipe:
Warm Apple Pie Smoothie
As a lover, a die hard lover of all things with apples in them, this Warm Apple Pie Smoothie hits the spot anytime, anyday! A warm apple pie smoothie, without all the hassles (and cleaning) that making the actual pie entails. Brilliant! What’s even better? One serving is only 124 calories, so your won’t feel guilty having seconds, or even thirds!!
This divine drink is so scrumptious, you could even sneak it in as a healthy dessert … yes, it’s that’s good! And healthy. Remember that old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” It’s still true today. Apples are acknowledged for keeping teeth white, avoiding alzheimer’s and parkinson’s, all sorts of cancers, decreasing your risk of diabetes, reducing cholesterol, aiding your heart, controlling weight and so so much more!
Head on over to The Iron You for the recipe:
Now out of all these smoothies listed, this is the one that is truly packed with superfoods! Cacao, chia, hemp, & maca, are all headliners in this better than any coffee shop Chai!
Warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg combine in this RAW show stopping smoothie.
This and dozens of other incredibly delicious superfood smoothies can be found in Julie Morris’ book, “Superfood Smoothies” as well as all over the net! 🙂
Hot Chocolate Breakfast
This is one way to go about giving your kids everything they ever wanted (chocolate for breakfast) and everything you ever wanted (healthy breakfast your kids will eat).
According to Lynsey Loves Food, you can actually have chocolate for breakfast because “Cocoa (when you pick the good stuff) is rich in magnesium, and ram-jammed with lots of phytonutrients that have been linked to reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, improving insulin sensitivity, and protecting your skin from UV damage. Next, the addition of hemp hearts and chia seeds increase the protein content, and provide a good dose of omega-3s and soluble fibre which will keep your belly full and happy all day long. Add a few dates for sweetness, a little cinnamon and maca for some added superfood mojo, blend it all together and you have one thick and creamy AM delight.
That’s what I’m talking about! Visit Lynsey for this scrumptious Hot Chocolate Breakfast
Please be sure to add your own recipes as I can never ever have enough toasty comforting drinks to sip as the snow falls!!