Smoothies are a favorite in our house! They are perfect for breakfast or a quick lunch while you are on the go.
Most people think of smoothies as a spring and summer beverage, because it can be hard to find that in-season fruit during the winter months.
*FREE printable Kale Smoothie Recipe at the bottom of post.
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY SMOOTHIES FOR WINTER
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Here are several winter-weather-themed smoothie recipes that use seasonal fruits and vegetables that can be easily found in the winter months.
CRANBERRY KALE SMOOTHIE
Get your antioxidants with this superpower smoothie full of kale and cranberries.
Did you know that cranberries keep well in the freezer?
Stock up on those packages of berries so you can use them right on through until spring.
Kale is pretty much available all year and it pairs beautifully with cranberries. Kale is high in fiber and great for your digestion, too.
PINK AND GREEN SMOOTHIE
Grapefruit is almost always overlooked as a fruit to add to smoothies simply because it’s tart.
However, when paired with kale, banana and a few chunks of pineapple, you’ll love this green power detox smoothie.
It’s perfect for the new year or anytime you need a refreshing and cleansing smoothie.
Here’s how to make it: use 1/2 of a ruby red grapefruit, peeled and quartered, 2 kale leaves with stems removed, 1/2 of a frozen banana, a few chunks of frozen pineapple and 1/2 cup cold filtered water.
SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE
This luscious smoothie is full of awesome warming flavors and spices. You’ll use cooked sweet potato, so if you’ve baked a batch and have leftovers this is the perfect way to use them!
You’ll use Medjool dates, too, for just a touch more sweetness.
Here’s how to build it: put 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk in a high powered blender, add 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, 2 pitted Medjool dates, 1/4 cup each of ground cinnamon and ground ginger, and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
Blend until thick and smooth.
Optionally, you can also substitute cooked butternut squash for the sweet potato. If you do, add another Medjool date in for taste.
TRIPLE BERRY SMOOTHIE
Blend up a blast of berries using frozen cranberries, blackberries and blueberries.
This smoothie is high in antioxidants and tastes amazing.
For a little protein, add in some chia seeds.
Here’s how to combine all of these ingredients: Use 1/2 cup each of frozen cranberries, blackberries, and blueberries along with 1 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk. Add in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Blend in a high-powered blender until smooth.
CREAMY DAIRY-FREE PEAR SMOOTHIE
Pears are abundant in the fall and winter, so make sure to enjoy this delicious fruit by itself or in this dairy-free smoothie that’s perfect for the cold-weather months.
Here’s how to make it: to a high-speed blender add two peeled, cored and cubed ripe pears, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground ginger. Blend and enjoy!
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