Winter Smoothies June 30, 2015 11:11

Winter Smoothies

Everyone here in the office at M2 Headquarters has given into the fad (or trend) of the Nutri-Bullet (or one of its copy-cats) and have become somewhat smoothie-obsessed!
Although it’s chilly outside, the last thing we usually think about are cold drinks, however we are sharing some pretty delicious and healthy winter smoothies that might change your mind.
Many of these winter smoothies are full of winter’s finest produce, and they also have warming properties based on their ingredients. Other winter smoothie recipes are especially high in Vitamin C, which as you know is a top ingredient to keep in your diet when the cold season hits.
Since smoothies are quickly absorbed in the body, they’re a great tool to use in your healthy diet to make sure your body gets enough nutrients efficiently. Soups are great, but when you need something different, try making a few of these winter smoothies instead! We think you’ll see just why we are so obsessed with them when you give them a try.

1. COCOA COCONUT MINT SMOOTHIE

One of our favourites of the sweeter winter smoothies. This one is a dream come true! It is like a warm mint hot chocolate drinks. It’s especially nice to have as a light breakfast or dessert after a hot meal. I usually keep a cup of tea along side me to drink after this smoothie to warm me up and the combination really hits the spot!
Ingredients:
½ cup cold filtered water
1 small container of unsweetened coconut yogurt or regular yogurt
¼ of an avocado, sliced and pitted
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 full drop of liquid stevia (1/8-1/4 tsp powder)
4 fresh mint leaves
¼ cup shredded coconut or you can use 2 tbsp. coconut butter
5 ice cubes
Optional Garnishes:
cacao nibs
large coconut flakes
Directions: Place all the ingredients in your Nutri-Bullet (or blender), blend, and serve.

2. SKINNY MINI PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE

Pumpkin favour is amazing in winter, and even though it is not traditionally a desert here in New Zealand - it is perfect as a sweet treat. Luckily, pumpkin is such a superfood, it’s perfectly fine to enjoy it all year. It’s low in sugar, high in potassium and fibre, and filled with beta carotene to nourish your skin, eyes and hair in the winter months. If you use it everyday, you’ll even get a little glow to your skin too! This smoothie is full of nutrition, high in fibre, and incredibly wonderful for your immune system in the winter due to the antioxidant content. It’s also warming to the body since it has some of the best warming spices in nature included.
Ingredients:
½ cup organic pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin ( you can also sub butternut squash if you wish)
½ banana, chopped
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 full drops of liquid stevia (1/4 - 1/2 tsp powder)
½ inch of a real vanilla bean
pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp. cinnamon plus a dash of ginger, nutmeg and cloves
½ cup ice
½ cup organic kefir or yogurt
Directions: Place all the ingredients in your Nutri-Bullet (or blender), blend, and serve.

3. CRANBERRY ORANGE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Featuring some of winter’s finest produce, this cranberry orange smoothie has a wonderful tangy flavour you’ll love. It’s also high in Vitamin C, fibre, and antioxidants to protect your immunity. It’s also a nice treat that differs from other typical sweet smoothies, if that’s not your thing.
Ingredients:
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 banana, chopped first ( or you can use 6 ounces of yogurt instead)
1 whole orange, peeled and seeded
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or your choice milk
1 scoop your favourite protein powder (we love Clean Lean Protein)
5 ice cubes
Optional:
Stevia to sweeten
Cinnamon to taste
Directions: Place all the ingredients in your Nutri-Bullet (or blender), blend, and serve.

4. COCONUT CREAM SMOOTHIE

We love coconut, and that’s no joke! This smoothie is a delightful way to indulge in a favourite childhood-like treat, and the superfood coconut at the same time. It’s actually wonderful for immunity during the winter due to the oranges and coconut oil. Coconut oil is an anti-viral and anti-fungal agent and oranges are wonderful for preventing sickness, depression, and they’re very low calorie. Most people don’t know that oranges are also very high in calcium! Indulge in this Coconut Cream Smoothie.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ cup coconut milk
1 whole orange, peeled
1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract ( or use half a vanilla bean)
1 tbsp. raw organic coconut oil
5-10 ice cubes depending on how thick you like your smoothie
Directions: Blend all the ingredients except the coconut oil first in your blender. Then, after everything is blended, add the coconut oil and blend again for 30 seconds. It will mix much better this way and emulsify the smoothie better, helping to make it thicker. Enjoy!

5. SMOOTH AND SILKY COOKIE SMOOTHIE

Okay, now this smoothie is for all of you out there who love a sweet treat! Cinnamon, sugar and vanilla combined are just such a delightful combination, however if you stay away from sugar, this smoothie is for you. This smoothie satisfies your sweet tooth, through nature’s most nutritious ingredients. Enjoy with a hot cup of cocoa for a delightful winter treat.
Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened Vanilla almond milk
2 full drops of liquid stevia (1/4 - 1/2 tsp powder)
1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract ( or use half a vanilla bean)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice
1-2 tbsp. raw organic almond butter
¼ tsp. cinnamon
5-8 ice cubes
optional: dash of cardamom
Directions: Place all the ingredients in your Nutri-Bullet (or blender), blend, and serve

6. VANILLA CHAI GREEN SMOOTHIE

This recipe is one of my very own, and one I’ve found to be a favourite in the cold winter months. I love that it fills me up, satisfies my sweet tooth and has a good dose of greens in it for natural cleansing properties. It tastes like dessert and keeps you going all day long. Enjoy!
Ingredients:
1 packet or 1 scoop of Vanilla Chai flavour
1 full drop of liquid stevia (1/8-1/4 tsp powder)
1 stalk celery, broken in half
1/2 bunch of fresh, organic coriander
1 cup fresh greens of choice
Dash each of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom ( optional, but I always include them)
1 cup frozen spinach
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 cup almond milk cubes (freeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk into ice cubes the night before or morning before you make this), or sub in ice cubes
1 cup cold water
Directions: Place all the ingredients in your Nutri-Bullet (or blender), blend, and serve.