Green smoothies are an easy and delicious way to get those health-sustaining nutrients into your body, but over winter it can make you feel a tad chilly, if you don’t do it right. Ideally, you need to have a summer & a winter version.
Summer is suited to green smoothie filled with a combination of frozen fruit & summer vegetables, but in winter this can put out your digestive fire, causing stomach pain, bloating, and digestive issues.
Here are 7 simple tips to converting a summer green smoothie to a winter one, that helps to warm you up from the inside out.
1. No frozen ingredients.
Defrost any frozen ingredients the night before or leave them on the bench while you do your morning exercise, to warm up or pop them in a bag and run them under warm water.
2. Seasonal ingredients.
Use foods that are seasonal to your area or climate. For instance, winter in Melbourne abounds with pears, citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon), english spinach, silverbeet, beetroot, celery, parsley, snow peas.
3. Choose warmly coloured ingredients.
Blue, green, and purple foods are more medicinally cooling than orange, red, and yellow foods. Think of lime as cooling, lemon as more warming.
4. Skip the tropics.
Tropical fruits such as banana and mango are more cooling than foods grown in temperate zones like apples and pears.
5. Add fat and protein to each smoothie.
Coconut oil, coconut or almond butter, avocado, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds will help your body stay warmer. They keep you full longer, too!
6. Warming ingredients in every smoothie.
In the Indian and Chinese traditions, such as Ayurveda and TCM, foods are believed to have an overall cooling, neutral, or warming effect.
While opinions differ slightly, the following foods are the most warming ingredients that commonly show up in smoothie recipes:
- Apple, blackberry, cherry, pear, raspberry, date
- Basil, cardamom, caraway, cinnamon, citrus peel, clove, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric, blackstrap molasses
- Cashew, coconut, hemp seed, pine nut, walnuts, avocado
- Collard greens, kale, sweet potato, pumpkin, winter squash
7. Consume with a warm foods
This can make all the difference. Have your green smoothie with a warm meal such as boiled or scrambled eggs, porridge (quinoa, chia, oat..), toasted seed bread.
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