If the winter blues have you down, try this trick to brighten your mornings: blend up a nourishing smoothie and sip! Nope, smoothies aren’t just for hot summer days. They can be a nutritious breakfast option all year long. And we say: the more tropical smoothie recipes, the better! (Can’t you almost feel that salty sea breeze?)Check out 5 Ways to Step up Your Winter Smoothie Game #cabotgreek #cabotcheese Click To Tweet
Take one of these 5 fan-favorite healthy smoothie recipes for a whirl. Plus, try our add-in recommendations to give your winter smoothies a boost of bonus nutrients for increased flavor and health benefits!
Add-in: Ginger. Freshly grated ginger brings some brightness to this smoothie and compliments the turmeric already called for in the ingredient list. Plus, anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger called phytonutrients help reduce your risk of chronic disease.
Add-in: Turmeric. Leave out the tablespoon of brown sugar (which is optional anyway) in this smoothie recipe and replace it with a pinch of the yellow spice, turmeric. Similar to ginger, turmeric contains an anti-inflammatory chemical called curcumin which may decrease inflammation symptoms in people with conditions like arthritis.
Add-in: Kale. Fresh or frozen mango, called for in this smoothie, is a perfect match for raw kale. Don’t like the taste of kale? Not to worry: the orange juice in this recipe will mask its flavor. And the benefits kale are hard to ignore. One cup of raw kale packs a punch of Vitamins A, C and K, Folate, Fiber and Protein. Lutein and zeaxanthin are other nutrients in the veggie which protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.
Add-in: Cinnamon. This powerhouse spice has a host of health benefits. With a high concentration of antioxidants, cinnamon can help protect the body from free radical damage and reduce inflammation, plus it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can also lower your bad cholesterol (LDL), raise your good cholesterol (HDL), and control blood sugar levels.
Alternate add-in: Chai. This spice blend is a mix of health benefits. It includes ginger and cinnamon (benefits listed above), black pepper and cardamom which both may help with digestion, and star anise and allspice which both contain antioxidants.