Warming Winter Protein Smoothie
Smoothies are not just for Summer, but the thought of a smoothie on a cold winter morning can be off putting. But don't fear this winter warming packs a punch and is super easy to make requiring just 1 blender and 5 minutes.
To make a smoothie more warming, try:
- Using cold or room temperature ingredients instead of frozen
- Adding warming spices like cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, clove, cayenne, and ginger (which help stimulate digestion)
- Going for dairy-free milks like cashew or macadamia vs. coconut milk, which can be more cooling in the body
- Adding roasted winter squash, like butternut squash or roasted sweet potato in place of frozen banana
- Drinking in the afternoon when your digestive fire is strongest, as opposed to in the morning when your digestive fire is low
These little switches can make a huge difference in keeping your body warm yet still nourished this winter and spring!
- 1 ripe banana peeled
- 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
- 31 g sliced zucchini or cauliflower
- 15 g protein powder
- 180-240 ml dairy-free milk
- 10 g hemp seeds
- 6 g peeled, minced fresh ginger
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch black pepper
- squeeze of honey for sweetness
- 1 tsp supergreens ( or spirulina /kale)
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender (starting with the lesser amount of dairy-free milk) and blend on high until creamy and smooth, adding more dairy-free milk (or water) as needed. Spirulina and/or greens are optional additions that help make the smoothie green and more nutritious.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more spices for warmth, ginger for spice/zing, or banana or protein powder for sweetness.
Serve and enjoy immediately. Garnish with additional hemp seeds or ground turmeric if desired (optional). Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours, though best when fresh. You can also freeze leftovers in an ice cube tray and add to future smoothies.