With snow falling and cooler temps making everyone grab warm mugs, I wanted to share my favorite warm smoothies. Just like regular green smoothies, these are great for sipping in front of the fireplace, as well as on the way to work/school/errands/life. Green smoothies shouldn’t slow us down, yet it’s hard to make a cold drink (let alone drink it) on a frigid day. These 6 winter smoothies are community-tested and approved. They're deliciously healthy ways to keep consuming plants throughout the winter season. If cold weather's got you down, then get ready to blend one of these warm smoothie recipes.
Seasonal plants for warm smoothies
Finding inexpensive produce during the winter can be challenging! These warm smoothies are made with seasonal produce that should be available during winter months. If fresh ingredients are hard to come by, then look at the frozen produce section! Frozen fruits are often picked and their peak freshness, then frozen. They should be very flavorful in smoothies too.
If it’s easy to find and cheap to buy, then it will be easier to keep up the smoothie habit!
I want these warm smoothies to taste their best, and using seasonal produce is definitely the key. Foods planted and grown in their proper season are actually known to be more nutrient-dense than produce grown out of season. Non-seasonal plants can also be grown with ripening agents, both chemical and non-chemical, just to keep them fresh. This article by the US National Library of Medicine talks more on the subject. Pro tip: if you often use frozen ingredients in your smoothies, then thaw them out the night before blending any of these warm smoothies, to make it easier to heat them up.
Here is a great list of winter produce that should be easy to find, not expensive, and full of flavor, as well as ready to blend into warm smoothies right now:
Warm, plant based meals
If these fresh veggies leave you wanting warm plant-powered meals instead of warm smoothies, then check out these delicious recipes:
- Chipotle veggie bowl
- Vegetarian ramen
- Roasted spaghetti squash
- Minestrone soup
- Vegan taco salad
- Tortilla soup
- Loaded sweet potato
Not only are these recipes warm, they are loaded with fresh produce that will nourish your body. Lookout winter, my immune system is on a health kick!
6 Warm smoothies to try this winter
Get ready to sip some delightful, warm smoothies, and then rawk your smoothie game at a whole new level. Try these out, then level a comment below with your new fav:
#1 Warm Apple Pie Green Smoothie: This dessert smoothie will satisfy any pie craving. Perfect for a night out, as well as a night in. Not only will this beverage taste delicious, it's nourishing too!
#2 Spiced Butternut Pear Warm Smoothie: Cashew milk turns this warm smoothie into a creamy delight. If the spices are too much, then let just the fresh ingredients shine through! This smoothie also works well with apples, if pears are hard to find.
#3 Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Green Smoothie: Warm smoothies for the win with this decadent creation! Top this warm smoothie with some coconut cream (the canned kind) and then add a sprinkle of cacao for a cozy treat. If you are a topping lover, then sprinkle some crushed hazelnuts on top too.
#4 Warm Chai Tea Smoothie: This winter smoothie combines all the best parts of chai tea, with the health benefits of a green smoothie. If chai is your go-to tea or latte, then this is the warm smoothie for you.
#5 Healthy Hot Chocolate: A hot chocolate smoothie?! Well, kinda. It's got everything going into the blender. This is not a drill… This beverage is super rich as well as creamy. If you really want to shake things up, add in a handful of spinach, then blend away!
#6 Warm Wassail Green Smoothie: This warming smoothie is a sweet as well as comforting blend of spices that will put anyone in a festive mood. Not only is this beverage festive, it can be sipped all winter long.
More winter smoothies
If you're like me and live in a warmer climate, I've still got some great winter smoothie recipes for you! On a cooler day, I use only fresh ingredients (no frozen) so that my smoothie isn't icy cold.
- Coconut oil smoothie
- Caramel protein shake
- Mango smoothie
- Maple apple smoothie bowl
- Avocado banana smoothie
Which one of these warm smoothies sounds like a winner? Leave a review with the one you want to try. If you've created a warm smoothie creation of your own, then share it below! I'm always looking for fun new recipes to try.