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Sweater Weather Smoothies to Boost Your Energy during the Holidays


Having a quick go-to nutrient packed healthy smoothie that gives us an energy boost is exactly what we need during the holidays. These easy to make delicious drinks are perfect to start the day, or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Take out your blenders for these 3 great Holiday smoothie recipes!


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 medium frozen banana

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or other nut milk

  • ⅓ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • ⅓ cup canned pumpkin puree

  • ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup


Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 smoothie


Per Serving: 247 calories; protein 10.2g; carbohydrates 41.9g; dietary fiber 5.9g; sugars 24.5g; fat 6.1g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 10.9mg; vitamin a iu 12921.1IU; vitamin c 13.7mg; folate 37.5mcg; calcium 343.4mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 61.2mg; potassium 739.7mg; sodium 120.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 4g.




Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie


All the flavors you love in an apple pie blended together in this healthy smoothie recipe. Only requires a handful of ingredients and takes just minutes to make!


Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes


Servings 2 smoothies

Calories 178kcal



Ingredients:


  • 2 medium apples

  • 1/4 cup almond milk can omit if you prefer a thicker smoothie; the apples produce a lot of liquid

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt substitute with plant-based yogurt to make vegan

  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup can substitute with agave or honey if desire



Instructions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Consume right away or keep in the fridge until ready to enjoy!


Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie (1/2 recipe) | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.8g | Protein: 9.3g | Fat: 1.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.3mg





Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie


You're going to fall in love with this cinnamon sweet potato smoothie that tastes like a slice of sweet potato pie! Made with sweet potato, banana, Greek yogurt for a boost of protein, almond butter, almond milk, vanilla and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Yum!


Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes


Servings 1 serving


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen cubed sweet potato (or sub frozen cubed butternut squash)

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more as necessary

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (whole, 2% or fat free will all work)

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or pecan butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch of nutmeg

  • Pinch of ground cloves


Directions:


Add all ingredients to a blender, set on high for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are well combined. If necessary, add in more almond milk to thin the smoothie. If desired, drizzled with almond butter and sprinkle with your favorite granola. Makes 1 smoothie.


Optional add-ins:

Oats: to add a little heartiness to your smoothie and to help thicken it, feel free to add in 1/3 cup oats. Do not use steel cut oats as they will not blend well.

Flaxseed meal: this is one of my favorite ingredients to add to smoothies for a little boost of fiber and minerals. Usually a tablespoon is plenty!

Chia seeds: feel free to add in a tablespoon of chia seeds to your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats and fiber.

Hemp seeds: if you’ve been wondering what to do with those hemp seeds lurking in your pantry, feel free to throw in a tablespoon into your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats, omegas and minerals.

Spinach: if you’re looking to get more greens in your smoothie, try adding a cup or two of raw or cooked spinach. You’ll never be able to taste it, but just know that it may change the color of your smoothie to brown depending on what other fruit you use.

Protein: easily add more protein to a smoothie by adding 1/2 cup greek yogurt or 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder. I recommend Vital Protein collagen peptides or Bob’s Red Mill Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder.

Frozen cauliflower: feel free to throw in a cup of frozen cauliflower to thicken your smoothie even more and get extra veggies in. You won’t even be able to taste it!


Nutrition Facts Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie)

Calories 357Calories from Fat 87% Daily Value* Fat 9.7g 15% Saturated Fat 0.9g 6% Carbohydrates 49.3g 16% Fiber 7.8g 33% Sugar 22.4g 25%Protein 18g 36%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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