We often get into a rut with what we eat and drink, especially in the winter months. That green juice you’ve been drinking each day has seen fresher days. Stop thinking that what’s seasonal only applies beyond the summer season and give your taste buds a burst of flavor! Let’s recharge, revitalize ourselves inside and out (and update our fridge while we are at it) with these winter smoothies.
Each recipe focuses on what is in season during the month of February. I added an immune-boosting drink or two as well because we all know that February can also mean the flu.
Focus on February Flavors
During the month of February, you have two things going for you. You can explore new smoothie recipes using what is seasonal or you theme it up with a Valentine’s Day focus. Think blood oranges or some other succulent citrus. Add a dash of ginger to spice things up and help with digestion. Greens like kale, spinach, lettuce, and spinach will add power to your green shakes. When combining flavors go for a mix like apple, pear, and greens with a drop of maple syrup. Turmeric blended with ginger, carrot, and apple creates an anti-inflammatory busting beverage. Or try ginger with beets to help detoxify your liver. Dry January is over after all.
- Apple Pie Smoothie: ¾ cup vanilla or almond yogurt, 1 cup ice, 1 apple (Fuji is best), seeded and diced, 1 tbsp maple syrup, ¼ tsp cinnamon. Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. There are 10 grams of protein in this 320 calories “pie” plus 5 grams of fiber.
- Ginger Grapefruit Smoothie: 1 pink grapefruit, 1 medium carrot, peeled, 2 inches of fresh ginger, 3 Medjool dates, 1 cup yogurt, 1 tbsp maca powder, chia seeds to top it. Add everything to a high-powered blender and blend it! This grapefruit ginger smoothie doesn’t just energize and refresh you … it also packs an immune-boosting punch. Sip this fruit-based sweetened drink every morning until the germs have away. It also looks pretty enough for pink puffy heart day on February 14. The chia seeds add to the protein-filled pick me up.
- Pineapple Spinach Banana Smoothie: 1 ½ oz of spinach (baby is best), 4 oz. chopped pineapple, 1 peeled banana, 1 tsp spirulina, 1 tbsp hemp seed, 1 cup water, 1 cup ice. Add everything into a blender and blend well. Makes one serving of a delicious antioxidant-filled drink. The addition of spirulina works well for muscle fatigue as it contains magnesium, iron, and protein. Vitamin C from the pineapple and potassium from the banana are just awesome extras.
- Create your own green smoothie made with kale, banana, hemp seeds and pineapple for a breakfast blend that is no-sugar-added, a tasty treat that is loaded with protein, antioxidants, and superfoods to help give your day a super send-off.
What smoothie combination do you like? Do you prefer a vegetable or fruit-based smoothie?