Smoothies are a great thing to enjoy for breakfast or as meal replacements during the holidays since you can make them ahead of time, go shopping with them in your hand, and they are super nutritious. Here are some healthy holiday smoothies to try out.
Christmas Cranberry Smoothie
Cranberries are the perfect fruit to add to Christmas smoothies since they are in season during the winter, often associated with the holidays, and contain a lot of antioxidants. Cranberries also pack a lot of flavor, so you don’t need to combine too many different ingredients together. You can use frozen cranberries or use fresh cranberries and add some ice to the smoothie. To make it creamy, choose Greek yogurt instead of regular to increase the nutrients, and add some liquid like coconut milk or almond milk.
Who doesn’t love gingerbread cookies during Christmas? Instead of having cookies, you can make yourself a healthy smoothie that tastes just like them. For a gingerbread smoothie, you naturally want to add ginger, along with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Add a little bit of molasses and vanilla extract, which is also found in gingerbread cookies and other gingerbread recipes. You will need to add some ice since you aren’t using frozen fruit, or you can add a frozen banana. Use your choice of milk for the smoothie.
Sugar Cookie Smoothie
If you really enjoy your sugar cookies, this is the perfect smoothie for you. You can turn it into a power smoothie by adding some vanilla protein powder as well. Use a frozen banana or ice cubes along with vanilla almond milk, vanilla or butter-flavored extract, and some raw oats. If you want it a little creamier, you can also add in vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt or regular yogurt. On top of the smoothie, add some whipped topping if you like.
Candy Cane Smoothie
When you are craving candy canes during the holidays, try making this smoothie instead. The candy cane smoothie calls for vanilla yogurt, your preferred type of milk, candy canes, and white chocolate chips. If you are watching your calories, go with the low-fat versions of dairy and skip the white chocolate chips. For a dessert smoothie, you can even add in vanilla ice cream. Don’t forget to add some ice to your smoothie!
These recipes can be altered in any way you like, from going with Greek yogurt to adding in more fruit.