Here are nine easy recipes for totally festive cold-weather smoothies—all from top healthy food bloggers, super-cool nutritionists, and wellness goddesses—to sip all season long.
Pumpkin-filled everything doesn’t have to stop after October, especially if it’s this vegan pumpkin pie smoothie recipe from healthy recipe blog Breakfast Criminals, with ingredients like cashew butter, fresh ginger root, and dates. It’s certainly better for you than any pie.
Get the recipe: pumpkin pie smoothie
Best-selling author Kris Carr battled cancer by using food as medicine. Now a best-selling author and expert on what to eat for maximum health, her seasonal smoothie recipe with warming super-spice turmeric is exactly what you need to help stave off the common winter cold.
Get the recipe: fall-inspired turmeric smoothie
For many of us, the holidays aren’t the holidays without egg nog. But what you probably don’t need is the combination of heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, and alcohol right before or after a big feast. Nutrition Stripped serves up an equally delicious wholesome version, with ingredients like almond milk, cashews, and maple extract. Whether you add a splash of bourbon or not is up to you.
Get the recipe: egg-not nog
Being Paleo (or having any major dietary restrictions) is especially hard over the holidays, when people practically shove refined sugar and gluten in your face. Beat peer pressure with this dessert-y Paleo smoothie made with raw cacao powder, coconut oil, and a handful of your favorite berries. Pillsbury who?
Get the recipe: Paleo superfood smoothie
Persimmons, pomegranate, and cinnamon make this otherwise green, healthy blend super festive. And you can pour it into glasses for a few servings or spoon it from a bowl. The pomegranate is also full of vitamin C, making this smoothie an immunity-supporting breakfast during the time of the year when staying healthy is on everyone’s mind.
Get the recipe: winter smoothie
Butternut squash isn’t just a roasted veggie side or soup. Oh She Glows’ Angela Liddon proves it’s also delicious in a smoothie with this creamy recipe that calls for butternut squash and spices and is sweetened with nature’s candy, dates. Liddon suggests it for a holiday-themed brunch (and we wholeheartedly agree).
Get the recipe: velvety butternut cinnamon date smoothie
Green Kitchen Stories promises that their Gingerbread Spiced Shake “literally tastes like Christmas in a glass” with key ingredients such as coarse sea salt, ground cardamom, and ground clove. The best part, other than its clean nutrition profile? It only takes three minutes to make, and unlike gingerbread cookies, there’s absolutely no flour cleanup involved.
Get the recipe: gingerbread spiced shake
What to do with that giant bag of apples from the orchard? Blend them up with nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg for the taste of freshly-baked pie (sans crust) in every sip. (We totally understand if you save a few for some apple crisp, too.)
Get the recipe: apple pie smoothie
While the holidays are usually a time when your body is craving rich, warming foods, antioxidant-packed cranberries are also very much in season. Get your fix with this kale and coconut-cranberry smoothie from Tasty Yummies, instead of reaching for the sugary, canned sauce version.
Get the recipe: cranberry kale smoothie
Originally published December 2, 2014. Updated October 30, 2020.
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