The Un-Frosty Winter Smoothie

Smoothies typify summer days as an icy fruity blend to help us keep cool and a fun way to get our daily vitamins and minerals. My smoothie intake tends to slow as the weather turns cold (the chill comes early here at 7,000 feet above sea level), and it’s a challenge for me to drink cold drinks when there is frost on the windows and snow on the ground.

But then I find myself missing the fresh fruity goodness. So I wondered, how can I have my smoothie without the chill?

The answer is the Un-Frosty Smoothie that offers all the smoothie goodness without all the smoothie ice, while featuring some of the best of the best in nutrition—as it’s power-packed with vitamins and minerals.

The best part about this smoothie, is that it brings together some of my favorite fruits accented with almond milk and turmeric. The concoction offers both tart and sweet tastes mirroring the layering of the smoothie itself.

The Un-Frosty SmoothieTurmeric and Fruits!

  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 apple, organic fuji or pink lady, chopped
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp of turmeric, divided in half
  • ¼ – ½ cup of almond milk
  • Honey, stevia, or agave nectar to taste

Blend the cranberries, apple, banana, and lemon with ½ tsp turmeric. Pour into two glasses.  Mix in sweetener to taste. Mix together almond milk and ½ tsp turmeric and gently layer on top of the fruit mixture. Drizzle top with sweetener.

Nutritional Benefits

The ingredients in this smoothie are some of my favorites; I love how they come together to create this mid-winter treat and keep it real nutritionally. From apples to lemons, click the appropriate link below to find out more about the nutritional benefits each.

Cranberries are a good system cleanser from your digestive to your urinary tract. It is a powerful ally to your cardiovascular system. Cranberries are a fall/winter treat that keeps on giving vital nutrients such as Vitamin C and K. Click here to learn more about the captivating cranberry.

Apples are part of what I call ‘the crunchy food group’.  There is nothing quite as satisfying as a noisy bit of crunching as you munch on an apple. Click here to find out why the benefits of eating an apple a day is more than just an old wise tale.

Turmeric is a spice of the gods. It assists in healthy blood flow and reducing inflammation (great for arthritis sufferers, especially in the winter). Turmeric is a daily staple in my diet and I invite you to add it to yours. Click here for more about tumeric and a yummy warm drink recipe.

Lemons are a flavor enhancer for almost anything, plus they help alkalize any combination of foods. Lemons also assist in enhancing digestion. Click here for more on lemons.

Almond milk is just another delightful way to get your daily almond fix. Almonds are a powerhouse of energy for the body and mind. Click here to learn how to make your own almond milk and reap the benefits of the awesome blend.

As I wandered through the ingredients aisle for this recipe, I realized that I do actually eat these foods daily (excepting the seasonal cranberries). And the effect they have had on my life is substantial!  The power of these fresh, organic fruits and nuts (and spices!) empowers me and energizes me – they keep me fit and healthy.

My holiday wish for you all is that you engage the same kind of energy and nutrition – to power up for 2012!

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