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13 Energy-Boosting Winter Smoothies

author image Morena Escardo
Morena Escardó is the author of "Detox Juicing: 3-Day, 7-Day, and 14-Day Cleanses for your Health and Well-being," and "The Everything Peruvian Cookbook." In her blog, Peru Delights, she focuses on her country’s superfoods, and creates healthy alternatives to traditional dishes. She is training to become a holistic health coach.

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13 Energy-Boosting Winter Smoothies
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We all know we have to eat two to five cups of fruits and veggies each day for optimal health. We also all know how hard this can be to do. Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix this problem: Make smoothies. Blended smoothies are an efficient way to pack a ton of nutrition into just one glass, and you can be as creative as you want when deciding what to include. Using seasonal ingredients can be a great way to get in a variety of nutrients and to experience some interesting flavors. During the winter, it’s especially important to get your daily dose of fruits and veggies to help maintain a strong immune system to battle all the colds and flus going around, and adding superfoods, healthy oils and warming spices will make them even more effective. Here are 13 warming winter smoothies that you can start drinking right away.

1. Apple and Oats Smoothie
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During the winter, many people naturally gravitate toward a warm breakfast and give up tropical fruit salads with yogurt and the like. A hot bowl of cooked oats and apples with spices and nuts is one of this season’s favorites, and the comforting effects it has on our bodies explains why. If you’re not into porridges or don’t have the time to sit down and eat in the morning, this smoothie will show you how to make a slightly more liquid version of this breakfast staple and serve it in a glass. This will be particularly effective if you have kids who don’t like eating this kind of food but love smoothies. Just add a cool, colorful straw to the glass and the whole experience will instantly become more appealing to them. Adding oats and milk (or a milk alternative) to your smoothies will give you lasting energy and strength throughout the day and will also help improve your mood and quell your appetite. CALORIES: 340

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2. Blood Orange and Cashew Smoothie
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If you want to drink dessert in a glass, this is the smoothie for you. Thickened with cashews and dates and flavored with blood oranges and ripe persimmons, this smoothie will attract you with its sweetness and its vibrant pink color. Depending on how thick you make it, you could actually eat it with a spoon and serve it as a healthy dessert at your next brunch or dinner party. Plus, you get the added benefit of knowing you’re getting an essential mix of nutrients in every gulp, including the vitamins, minerals and fiber of the fruits, the healthy fats of the cashews and the protein of the hemp milk. And hemp seeds are a rich source of plant-based protein and will keep your body strong, especially if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian. CALORIES: 442

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3. Winter Lucuma Milkshake
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You may know lucuma as a powder sold in health-food stores or the health section of your local supermarket, but in its native Peru it’s consumed fresh and usually added to desserts -- especially ice cream. This intense yellow-and-orange fruit is now considered a superfood, as it is an important source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Its natural sweetness makes it ideal to sweeten desserts and smoothies, and in this recipe it’s mixed with banana and some acidic passion fruit, creating a perfectly balanced, mouthwatering drink. If you ever travel to Peru, you will be able to try a real lucuma milkshake, but why wait for that when you can make this healthy and seasonal version at home? CALORIES: 289

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4. Pear and Fennel Smoothie
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Orange, pear and fennel -- this wintery combo makes for a “warm” yet refreshing smoothie drink. Including avocado adds creaminess, which is an excellent way of approximating the texture of yogurt. If the result is too thick for you, feel free to add some milk or a milk alternative to the mix. The pear for this smoothie should be very ripe to get the most of this cold-weather fruit’s sweetness and aroma, and if you really like fennel, add as much of its leaves as you like. Fennel is good for digestion, prevents constipation and supports the immune system. Add this ingredient freely to your winter smoothies for a healthy, aromatic touch. CALORIES: 243

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5. Super Immunity Smoothie
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Taking vitamin C supplements to prevent colds has almost become a tradition for many people, but if they focused on eating the most readily available produce during the winter at the local farmers market or supermarket, this wouldn’t even be necessary. It’s not an accident that lemons, grapefruits, blood oranges, oranges, clementines and the whole array of citrus fruits packed with vitamin C are at the peak of their season when it’s the coldest outside, and all we need to do is eat a lot of them to stay healthy. This smoothie provides all the health properties of drinking grapefruit and orange juice and the added warming and immune-boosting benefits of ginger root and raw honey, which include antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and digestive properties. Add to this the high amounts of vitamins and minerals in kale and the healthy oils and fiber of flaxseed and you have a super smoothie to help protect your health this winter. CALORIES: 219

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6. Energizing Sweet Potato Smoothie
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Sweet potato in a smoothie? It may sound unconventional, but sweet potatoes can be both juiced and blended into your smoothies to get a shot of all the benefits of this fall and winter veggie. When blended, it’s best to use them cooked, that way they will not only add their intense orange color to your smoothies (unless you use a sweet potato with a different color), but their creamy texture too. This root vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse, providing more than 100 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin A along with lots of fiber and potassium. Add energy-boosting and nutritious maca powder to this and you will have a powerful potion that will keep you nourished and active throughout the winter. CALORIES: 184

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7. Cherimoya and Lime Smoothie
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Cherimoya is a relatively new and unknown fruit in the States, but it has been consumed for centuries in many countries along the Andes in South America. When pitted, this delicately sweet, creamy and white-as-snow fruit is ideal for making all kinds of desserts and can be eaten as a dessert itself, thanks to its pleasing flavor. You can find cherimoya at some farmers markets, supermarkets and specialty stores during the winter all the way through the summer. To give this smoothie a warming quality for the colder months, the fruit has been mixed with some seasonal and vitamin-C-rich lime juice and a touch of cardamom, which gives it an interesting taste that’s different from your average berry-and-banana smoothie. It’s perhaps something you may want to save to impress a friend or treat yourself to something special. CALORIES: 487

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8. Digestive Smoothie
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If you want to sweeten your winter smoothies naturally, using dried fruits is an excellent alternative, and dried plums (prunes) are at the top of the list. This nutrient-rich fruit reduces the risk of heart disease, is high in potassium and fiber (which helps you feel full longer) and has some vitamin A and iron. Dried plums are best known for their ability to help support digestive health, but new research shows that they also help improve bone density. This smoothie also contains a cup of pomegranate seeds, which provides a large array of health benefits as well. If you want the texture to be smoother, blend the pomegranate seeds on their own first, and then strain them before processing them with the other ingredients. You can also buy ready-made pomegranate juice, but make sure it’s pure and, most importantly, free of added sugar. CALORIES: 374

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9. Passion Fruit Smoothie
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You may associate passion fruit with summer and frothy cocktails on tropical beaches, but this fruit is actually available for most of the year, and its high vitamin C content makes it ideal for the winter because it helps boost the immune system. This intensely scented fruit will add its unique flavor to any smoothie you create and transform it into something absolutely seducing. You can tell a passion fruit is ready to eat when the skin is deeply wrinkled. When buying it, make sure you choose the largest one you can find so it has more juice in it. If you see smooth passion fruits, keep them at room temperature until they look ripe enough to consume. To use, cut it in half and spoon out the pulp, which will be full of seeds. These seeds are a very good source of fiber, but if you like to drink something smoother you can strain your smoothie before drinking it. CALORIES: 159

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10. Spicy Cider Smoothie
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During the summer, cucumber juice and coconut water are excellent cooling liquids to use as a base in your smoothies. During the winter, however, it is wise to use the seasonal equivalent of these to keep your body warm. Few things are more comforting during a late-fall or winter day than drinking a steaming cup of hot apple cider with spices, but -- strangely -- not many people use this sweet drink as the main liquid in their smoothies during this season. This sweet and slightly tart smoothie will show you how to do it like a pro, and you can get inspired to create as many similar drinks as your imagination can come up with, helping you stay satisfied and healthy through the coldest months of the year. CALORIES: 376

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11. Pumpkin-Pie Smoothie
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Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? Luckily, this fall and winter classic doesn’t need to come with all the added sugar; it can be turned into a healthy smoothie in the blink of an eye. The fact that one can buy ready-made cooked and mashed pumpkin makes the preparation of this drink incredibly easy, and if you have any leftover purée lingering in the fridge, now you know what to do with it. Pumpkin is high in vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant and great for the skin and eyes. This smoothie also has pecans and coconut milk for added satiating protein and fats, banana and vanilla for creaminess and sweetness and ground cinnamon because it wouldn’t be pumpkin pie without spices. Cinnamon is also very warming, which makes it the ideal ingredient for winter smoothies. CALORIES: 473

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12. “Hot Chocolate” Smoothie
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Drinking hot chocolate is one of the best parts of the winter. The only problem with this addictive beverage is that it should be consumed in moderation because of the added sugar and empty calories. But what if you could have a hot-chocolate alternative that you could drink freely and without guilt year-round? This “hot chocolate” smoothie has the addictive creamy texture and richness of the best hot chocolate you could dream up, but it’s completely free of dairy and added sugar. You can drink it at room temperature and benefit from the warming effect of the spices, heat it up a bit if you really like it hot or add some ice for a summer refreshment. CALORIES: 264

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13. Pomegranate and Goji Superfoods Smoothie
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In the past few years, pomegranates have gained fame as one of the most powerful superfoods out there. Look for this precious fruit during the fall and winter seasons, and select ones that are round and heavy for their size. They can be kept in the fridge for one to two months. Filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this super fruit is thought to help regenerate cells and slow the aging process. Pomegranate has been mixed with several superfoods in this smoothie, such as goji berries and pumpkin seeds, creating a robust drink for your health that also tastes incredible. CALORIES: 300

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What Do YOU Think?
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Do you drink smoothies? If so, what are your favorite winter recipes? Do you add warmer spices and fruits? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments below.

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