Warming Winter Smoothie Tips

Temperatures are dropping and cravings are changing. Instead of cool and refreshing smoothies, we’re yearning for warming comfort foods, so what’s a smoothie fiend to do?

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Don’t worry, you don’t have to ditch the smoothies ’til spring, but you shouldn’t have to freeze  either! Smoothies (and smoothie bowls) are a great (and tasty!) way to pack a ton of nutrients into one cup; (or bowl!) however, it’s important to alter eating habits as the seasons change.

  1. Spice it up. Add warming spices to your smoothies (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, and even a dash of cayenne if you’re brave!) They’ll heat the body from the inside out, promote circulation, digestion, and immunity while increasing metabolism. Plus, herbs and spices add great flavor without any additional calories, just additional antioxidants!
  2. Cook  it. Ok, don’t actually cook your smoothie. That’d be…soup. DO use more cooked vegetables, though. While we crave raw fruits and veggies in the summer season, winter calls for cooked produce. Instead of raw greens, use more cooked greens, as cooking brings out different nutrients and enhances digestion. Frozen bananas are a popular addition to thicken a smoothie, but switch it up with half an avocado or cooked cauliflower, (cooled or frozen) it makes for a thick and creamy texture (you’ll definitely need a spoon!) without altering the taste. The beauty of smoothies is that you can usually add veggies without tasting them!
  3. Season it. Incorporate seasonal produce like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, apples, pears, ginger, cranberries, and cauliflower. Fall and winter produce is fresh, affordable, and delicious, even in smoothies. Remember how important it is to eat with the season!
  4. Go frozen. Talking about frozen fruit here, no one should freeze when enjoying a winter smoothie! Most of your favorite smoothie fruits are out of season right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have your berries, melon, or mango and eat them too. If you’re missing these warm weather fruits, buy organic in the freezer section. Frozen organic fruit is a great way to go when you can’t enjoy fresh, locally grown. Go ahead an enjoy an AB & J Smoothie (that’s almond butter and strawberries) just use the tips above to transform it!
  5. Bulk it. Be sure to add some fat to your smoothie, especially if it’s replacing a meal. Try coconut oil or butter, avocado, nuts, or nut butter. Add bulk by topping off your smoothie with granola, cereal, seeds, or your favorite topping for more sustenance. It takes extra energy to keep ya warm all day, so you’ll need it!

Click here to read more about seasonal eating and here for our favorite holiday-flavored smoothie recipes so that you can start incorporating the tips above!

One Healthy Breakdown: Cheers to cool smoothies that warm us and taste good too!

Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

Back to school means back to our routines, alarm clocks, and catching the bus. Although it can be tough to get the kids to have a decent meal before school, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Children need fuel for school, both for their brain and body to function. Eating a healthy breakfast stabilizes blood sugar, energy, mood, and increases focus.

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While there are hundreds of packaged “breakfast” foods on the market, making breakfast at home ensures much healthier ingredients as opposed to sugar and chemicals you’ll find in most pre-packaged options (ie: Pop-tarts, granola bars, and most kid-friendly cereals.)  All of these kid-friendly ideas take 10 minutes or less to make and can be taken on-the-go!

1. PB & J Smoothie (makes 1 serving):

In a blender, combine:

  • ¾ cup strawberries (or berries of choice, frozen are great too)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • optional: ½ frozen banana
  • optional: a handful of greens (spinach, kale, romaine, etc.)

Instructions: add ice cubes for desired temperature/consistency and serve in a glass once blended. Cheers!

2. Healthy Pancakes or Waffles (makes 2 servings):

In a bowl or blender, combine:

  • ¾ cup whole-grain flour of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • optional: add a banana and use 1/4 cup less flour

Instructions: lightly coat heated pan/skillet with butter/coconut oil/cooking spray and add pancake mix in small circles. Flip once pancake solidifies (typically 4-5 minutes) and let cook until desired crispness (2-3 minutes.) Plate pancakes and serve with butter, peanut butter, and/or natural maple syrup. Tastes like a treat, but healthy enough for everyday!

3. Overnight Oats (prepare the night before, makes 2 servings):

In a bowl, jar, or tupperware container, combine:

  • 3/4 cup oats
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: dash of cinnamon
  • optional: add nuts or nut butter

Instructions: simply stir together the ingredients and refrigerate overnight for an instant healthy breakfast in the morning!

If you’d like more individual nutritional advice for you or your family, please contact kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to set up a meeting. Kiley is certified in nutrition and clinical social work with women, children, and families.

One Healthy Breakdown: fuel for school!

Apple Pie A La Smoothie

There’s nothin’ like warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop…right?! If you’re an apple pie fan, you’ll love this one – great for any time of the day (yes, even breakfast!) and makes a perfect post-workout refuel! Warm up while you cool down, feed your body, and wake up your senses with this sweet smoothie recipe!

MP900384682In a blender, combine the following:

  • 1 large (or 2 small) apples
  • 1 handful romaine lettuce or spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop high-quality vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • ice cubes if desired

One Healthy Breakdown: it doesn’t look like a pie, feel like a pie, or compare nutritionally (thankfully!) but it sure is tasty…and healthy!