How to enjoy smoothies in winter and two wholesome recipes
My mantra, as a dietician and now a life coach is always, ‘Am I nourishing my body?’ If we approach winter with this mindset, we will be sure to come into spring feeling healthier, leaner and happier in our skins.
This nourishment focus is key when deciding what goes into my smoothies, as well as the meals I eat during the rest of the day. So, in trying to be ‘climate-change savvy’, I like to include seasonal fruits into my morning smoothies, as well as to add a dash of comfort to each of them.
Doesn’t a smoothie loaded with full creamy yoghurt, fresh guava, raw honey and ground cinnamon sound so comforting and delicious?
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Some of the fruits that grow naturally during the colder months and make for great smoothie additions are:
These ingredients can help you bulk up your smoothies, giving them a wintery feel:
- rolled oats
- flaked almonds
- organic pea protein powder
- nut milks
These foods also have such nourishing qualities, so they meet the mantra criteria.
TIP: I usually add about 4–6 ingredients into my smoothies (see below examples).
I like my smoothies to be my whole breakfast meal, so I load them with as much nutrition as I can. Due to it being winter, I use fewer green leaves and berries and more yoghurts, nut milks and seasonal fruits.
Fighting the flu with your Nutribullet
If we look at our general diet during winter, we need to focus on foods containing vitamin C and Vitamin B, as these two antioxidant-rich vitamins help boost immunity. Vitamin C rich foods are generally red, yellow or orange in colour, so consider blending some citrus fruits in your Nutribullet and have fresh citrus juice, with all the fibre and goodness still intact.
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Vitamin B is found in your green foods and these can be tough to get in, during the chilling months. Aim at making a green smoothie regularly loaded with baby spinach, celery and broccoli to boost your vitamin B levels. As I always say, ‘conscious eating’ ensures that we are optimally healthy. So if we are conscious of buying the right, colourful fruits and vegetables at the grocery shop, they will certainly have a direct effect on your health when you consume them this winter.
Some healthy winter-ready smoothie recipes
Half a frozen banana
175 ml full cream plain yoghurt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp raw honey
1 tbsp flaked almonds
200 ml water
Chuck all the ingredients in and blend in either your Nutribullet or Nutribullet Pro for the fastest healthy smoothie.
1 fresh guava
1 slice pineapple
1 heaped tbsp rolled oats
175 ml almond milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey
100 ml water
What’s your favourite winter smoothie recipe? We’d love to know how you’re maxing your fruit and veg intake during the colder months.
Thanks again to Kelly Lynch for her delicious smoothie making insight.