The holidays are notorious for sugary treats. From the office Christmas party to the family cookie exchange, everyone loves to bake and share their favorite creations.
And there’s nothing wrong with allowing yourself a little indulgence once in a while. My mom makes the best vanilla fudge, and even I enjoy it once a year.
However, things can get out of hand during the holidays. Diets get tossed aside, pants get tight, and that “blarg” feeling hits an all-time high (along with the guilt).
Instead of beating yourself up over all of the holiday treats you’re indulging in (or forcing yourself to miss out on), try some of these super-healthy, even slimming, holiday smoothie creations.
I have many fond memories of drinking eggnog with my family around the holidays. I am not a dairy drinker anymore, and while their are numerous vegan eggnog substitutions out there, I prefer this delicious smoothie version made with real foods!
While this recipe is 160 calories per serving, it is made with whole food ingredients that are good for you.
Gingerbread is a delicious holiday treat, but sometimes you want to enjoy the treat without all the processed sugars and simple carbohydrates. While you can’t make a pretty house out of this recipe, you can drink this while you make a gingerbread house. You’ll be less tempted to eat it afterward, too!
This smoothie is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free, so almost anyone can enjoy it.
This mainstay of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners was the first pie smoothie recipe I created, and I think that it successfully recreates the flavor profile of a homemade pumpkin pie.
Indulge in the decadence of a delicious pumpkin pie without all of the work – and the guilt – any time of the year!
Apple pie is one of my favorite holiday desserts. I have some really fond memories of going to the apple orchard and picking apples to make an apple pie from scratch. I would literally spend six hours making one pie as I would take my time and make it with lots of love. I still make apple pie, but I usually only make it once a year. Now I enjoy this healthy, (and MUCH faster to make) version a few times a year.
This is a delicious early spring re-creation – the minty “Shamrock Shake”. While I have never indulged in the fast food version of this shake, I couldn’t help but create a healthy, vegan version using whole food ingredients.
I used fresh mint and frozen bananas to create this tasty, and healthier St. Paddy’s Day treat.
This is one of those fall indulgences that I quickly wanted to replace with something a lot healthier. I used to love pumpkin spiced lattes in the fall, but now they just taste like chemicals and sugar (which is pretty much what they are!).
This healthy smoothie recipe is only 126 calories per serving and it makes enough for two. You are not only getting a delicious treat, but you are getting a nutritionally packed drink full of vitamins and minerals.
I think this super-simple smoothie tastes just like freshly pressed apple cider. In fact, it contains everything that apple cider contains (the whole apple), except that it hasn’t been bottled, pasteurized and shipped to stores in plastic jugs! Add a little cinnamon for the perfect cider taste!
My husband’s family had a tradition of eating key lime pie after their New Years dinner. While I was never much of a fan of key lime pie, my husband turned me onto it, and I quickly got to work making a healthy smoothie version of this treat.
While we both still enjoy a slice occasionally when we go out to a restaurant, we both have really come to enjoy the smoothie version better.
There are two types of people in this world – those who LOVE candy corn and those who despise it. I happen to love it. But what’s not to love about a much healthier smoothie version with no added sugar? It doesn’t really taste like candy corn (that’s impossible for a fruit smoothie), but it achieves the look and I think everybody will love this blend!
Cranberries are a major part of holiday dinner – for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you crave cranberries (which have incredible health benefits), then try some of these cranberry smoothie recipes that will get you in the holiday mood!
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!