3 Warm Winter Smoothies

Lentine Alexis
by Lentine Alexis
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Smoothies are a quick, easy and satisfying way to work superfoods and good-for-you-ingredients into your diet in a convenient format. The only drawback? They’re typically cold and in the winter, our bodies are asking for something warm — emotionally and nutritionally. Consuming warm foods in winter months is super-nutritive for us because our bodies don’t have to work as hard to warm the foods we’re eating. Plus, there’s nothing as satisfying after a chilly run, hike, ride or workout as a something to warm up with and replenish. Give these three warm smoothies a shot!

Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

If you’re looking for a smoothie that sips like a meal (or you’re consuming your smoothie after a particularly hard morning workout), use oats in place of the banana; be sure to soak them overnight for a creamier, easy-to-digest smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (296ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 just-ripe banana (or 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats)
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

If you’re using oats: Add all ingredients to the blender bowl the night before and give it a good stir to ensure all ingredients are well combined. Cover and place in fridge for at least 3 hours, and preferably overnight. This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but allowing the oats to soak for a few hours makes them easier to blend and gives you a smoother, creamier smoothie.

When ready to eat, blend on high until oats are fully broken down and a smooth and creamy consistency is reached.

Transfer the smoothie to a small saucepan set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. If the smoothie is too thick, add an extra splash of almond milk until desired consistency is reached. When your smoothie reaches your preferred temperature, transfer it to a heat-safe glass, garnish with toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Serves: 1 | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 327; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 256mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 10g

Spiced Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (237ml) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter or nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon unsulphured blackstrap molasses**
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/3 cup (75g) canned pumpkin pureé
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

Add all ingredients to the bowl of your blender and give it a stir to ensure everything is well combined. Blend on high until a smooth-and-creamy consistency is reached. If you have a high-powered blender, the act of blending itself may warm the mixture enough that you’ll have a “warm smoothie.” If not, transfer the smoothie to a small saucepan set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. If the smoothie is too thick, add an extra splash of almond milk until desired consistency is reached. When your smoothie reaches your preferred temperature, transfer it to a heat-safe glass, garnish with toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Serves: 1 | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 253; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 78mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 5g

Ginger + Pear Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 pears, chopped
  • 1-inch (2.54cm) piece of ginger, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (355ml) unsweetened almond milk

Directions

Add all ingredients to the bowl of your blender and give it a stir to ensure everything is well combined. Blend on high until a smooth-and-creamy consistency is reached. If you have a high-powered blender, the act of blending itself may warm the mixture enough you’ll have a “warm smoothie.” If not, transfer the smoothie to a small saucepan set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. If the smoothie is too thick, add an extra splash of almond milk until desired consistency is reached. When your smoothie reaches your preferred temperature, transfer it to a heat-safe glass, garnish with toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Serves: 2 | Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 369; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 2mg; Sodium: 142mg; Carbohydrate: 42g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 29g; Protein: 10g

About the Author

Lentine Alexis
Lentine Alexis
Lentine is a curious, classically trained chef and former pro athlete. She uses her bicycle, raw life and travel experiences and organic ingredients to inspire athletes and everyone to explore, connect and expand their human experiences through food. She previously worked as a Chef/Recipe Developer/Content Creator and Culinary Director at Skratch Labs – a sports nutrition company dedicated to making real food alternatives to modern “energy foods.” Today, she writes, cooks, speaks and shares ideas for nourishing sport and life with whole, simple, delicious foods.

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