Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Not Just for Summer: Fall Smoothies

Five delicious smoothies highlighting the fall flavours including: Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry-Orange, Turmeric and a real pumpkin Pumpkin Spice Latte.

For those of you who feel that smoothies are only something to sip on during the hot summer months, I would like to introduce you to a few delicious, cool weather options.  These smoothies highlight some of the produce that is plentiful this time of year, and include warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and black pepper. In addition to evoking that warm and cozy feeling, these spices actually generate a heat in the body and provide heatlh benefits to boot!

Key Benefits of Drinking Smoothies

Smoothies are a natural way to boost energy, promote natural weight loss, boost your immune system, nourish your body with disease-fighting antioxidants, and manage food cravings.

WHAT ARE WARMING SPICES?

While smoothies are often associated with summer time, offering a cool reprieve from the heat, you can enjoy them all year around. In addition to evoking that warm and cozy feeling, these spices actually generate a heat in the body and provide heatlh benefits too.

Cinnamon: Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, helps to balance blood sugar, aids in digestion and blood circulation.

Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, eases upset stomachs and aids in digestion.

Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and promotes liver and heart health.

Black Pepper: Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, improves digestion, promotes the actives the beneficial compound in turmeric.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (frozen is best)
1/2 banana, frozen
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
pinch of sea salt
1 cup ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie1/3 cup oatmeal
11/2 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
1 apple, cored and quartered (smaller pieces if you do not have a high-powered blender)
2 madjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of sea salt
1 cup ice cubes

Place the oatmeal and almond milk in the blender before you prepare the apple and the rest of the ingredients.  When you have the apple cut, dates pitted and seasoning ready, add them in and blend until smooth.

Golden Sunrise

Turmeric Smoothie2 cups non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, cashew)

1 banana, frozen
1 medjool date, pitted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
pinch of sea salt
1 cup ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Although there are no warming spices per se in this smoothie, it does feature cranberries. Cranberries are actually a fall berry and too often relegated to a relish at the holiday table.  Freeze them up and add them into this immune-boosting smoothie.

Cranberry Orange Smoothie1 banana, frozen
1 orange, peeled and quartered
3/4 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen cranberries
2 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons raw honey

Blend items and enjoy!

Warming Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ok, so not technically a smoothie, but it contains the fall flavours that we all love. But instead of sticky flavouring syrup containing nothing remotely close to actual pumpkins or spice, try this whole food, real spice version.

Pumpkin Spice Latte1 cup cashew milk (or almond milk)
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup

If you have a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) you can blend all ingredients until warmed. If you have a less powerful blender, stir all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a simmer and enjoy!

 

 

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