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.
1) Vegan “Eggnog” Smoothie
I LOVE eggnog, and loved the challenge of capturing one of my favorite holiday flavors using exclusively plant-based ingredients.
This delicious smoothie has become a holiday favorite in my house.
This recipe uses fresh, homemade almond milk, frozen banana, dates, a touch of vanilla and spices to reproduce a thick, creamy version of this holiday treat. Did I say it’s a lot healthier, too?
- 1-and-1/4 cup plain almond milk
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 date, soaked for 10 minutes
- dash of ground clove
- Vanilla from 1/2 vanilla bean (How to use vanilla bean), or use 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free recommended)
- dash of sea salt
- 1/2 cup spinach (optional)
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), blend on high for 20 seconds or until there are no chunks of frozen banana left. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg if desired.
Calories: 320 (160/serving)
Fat: 2g (2g/serving)
Protein: 4g (2g/serving)
Carbohydrates: 72g (36g/serving)
Fiber: 7.7g (3.6g/serving)
Serving Size: Two 8-ounce servings.
2) Gingerbread Smoothie
I made this smoothie for National Gingerbread Day (yes, it’s an actual day and it was on November 21st). This smoothie was VERY tasty, not to mention healthy!
The best part of this recipe, is that it is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. Almost everyone can enjoy it.
It’s also a great recipe to make with your kids. With just a few ingredients they can make it themselves.
I used homemade almond milk because it is easy to make and I like having it on hand, but you can purchase almond milk if you’d like. Make sure to purchase an unsweetened, organic brand.
- 1 cup homemade almond milk
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled, sliced and thawed slightly
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- Vanilla from 1 vanilla bean (How to use vanilla bean), or use 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free recommended)
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 1% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 6% RDA
Vitamin C: 27% RDA
3) Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Nothing says “holidays” like pumpkin pie. It’s the classic Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner finale!
Well, now your favorite holiday pie can be a healthy smoothie full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! This recipe makes a perfect meal replacement smoothie for when you’re on the go.
- 1/2 cup pure canned pumpkin
- 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
- 3 tablespoons cashews
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 8 ounces (236 ml) unsweetened almond milk*
*Add 2 ounces of water if your smoothie is too thick.
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Protein: 10 grams
Carbohydrates: 44 grams
Fiber: 8.3 grams
Calcium: 10% daily value (DV)
Vitamin A: 1135%
Vitamin C: 110%
4) Apple Pie Smoothie
I love apple pie but I don’t love all the sugar, fat and other unhealthy stuff in it. This is my healthy solution! In fact, you could lose weight while enjoying the flavors of fresh apple pie.
Apples are great for weight loss. They are loaded with fiber to help you feel fuller longer. They provide a good dose of antioxidants and vitamins.
Studies suggest that apples may protect against osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables that contain apples may help prevent lung, breast, colon and liver cancers.
The next time you are tempted to ditch your diet and dive into an apple pie, consider this healthy, and equally delicious, smoothie alternative.
- 2 apples, cored
- 1 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 – 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons cashews
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 8 ounces almond milk
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 8% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 250% RDA
Vitamin C: 45% RDA
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!