The thought of a smoothie usually calls to mind the bright colors and tart flavors of the various fruits that are commonly used in blended concoctions, but the smoothie is so much more than that. Namely, the form of a smoothie can be used to convey any number of flavors and ingredients, including thematic seasonal blends. Also, seasonal smoothies are often much healthier than their non-smoothie counterparts, such as pumpkin pie and eggnog, so they are a good choice for people looking to stick to a diet without missing out on the flavors of the holidays. Don't put your blender away for the winter — instead, try out some of these innovative smoothie ideas that can be used at holiday parties and more:
- Pumpkin pie smoothie: Combine pureed pumpkin with almond milk to make it drinkable, then add pumpkin pie spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon, to taste. A scoop of cashew, almond or peanut butter adds viscosity and protein. Top with a sprinkling of cinnamon and pumpkin seeds.
- Eggnog smoothie: This take on the classic holiday drink foregoes a lot of the sugar in the traditional recipe, substituting it with almond milk, vanilla and maple extract, and dates. Cashews and macadamia nuts provide protein, and cinnamon, nutmeg and other mulling spices can help to disguise the bourbon you may or may not decide to add.
- Candy cane smoothie: This one isn't exactly a healthy option — it's more like a milkshake — but it's worth including for its sheer deliciousness. Combine vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt with milk, peppermint extract and protein powder. Garnish with crushed candy canes.
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