3 plant-based holiday smoothies


(NC) Whether you’re looking to indulge in a festive holiday treat or need a quick solution to fill up before a late-night dinner party, holiday smoothies are a great option that can be whipped up in no time. Check out the recipes and benefits of each below.

Plant-based “eggnog” smoothie. Enjoy the same taste as conventional eggnog without the added sugars. This version is made fresh with spices, fruit and vegetables to provide you with an extra boost. Simply blend together and sip away.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup spinach
  • Fruit of choice and any other spices preferred, sprinkled on top

Plant-based gingerbread smoothie. Adding dried ginger powder or root can give your digestion the kick it needs to reduce inflammation from all the holiday fair. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • ½ tsp freshly grated ginger or the dry equivalent
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts

Plant-based pumpkin pie smoothie. Pumpkins aren’t just for the fall. Indulge in this delicious treat full of antioxidants to support your immune system at large.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree (from can or a pie pumpkin)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • Squeeze of ½ lemon

Visit your local Canadian Health Food Association member store to find a variety of ingredients to give your smoothies an extra kick of nutrition. Find your nearest location at chfa.ca.


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