I drink smoothies year round.
That might not come as a shock to you, considering my obsession with blended fruits and veggies.
But a lot of people don’t drink smoothies in the winter. Their bodies just don’t crave or want cold foods when it’s below freezing and there’s a fresh coating of ice on everything and they have to put two jackets, three sweaters, and long johns on just to walk to dog. Or, you know, sit in the office where they forgot to put the heat on. Again.
Fortunately for me, I live in Florida where I think I’ve seen one snowflake ever and the temperature rarely gets into the 30s so I can happily savor my smoothies in the depths of December and the frigidness of February.
But what if you’ve developed a green smoothie habit and don’t want to give up the ghost in January?
What if you’re actually listening to your body and it’s actually asking for a smoothie?
What if you don’t give a damn what the temperature is outside, all you want is a smoothie that you can suck down while you absentmindedly scroll through Instagram?
I’ve got a few tips for you that might make that mid-winter smoothie a little more palatable.
Don’t use ice.
This one might be a no-brainer, but adding ice to your smoothie makes it a lot colder. Sure, ice makes it thicker, but there are other things that do the trick, too. Bananas and avocados are your go-to fruits, and nut or seed butter, chia seeds, or even oats can up the thickness.
If you’re not anti-soy, you can plop some tofu in your smoothie. Seriously. You won’t even know it’s there. It thickens (and, bonus, ups the protein) without any weird flavors. And, since you’re obliterating it in your blender, you won’t even notice that sort of off-putting tofu texture. If you’ve got something against its texture that is…
Other options, depending on your chosen concoction: coconut meat (not coconut milk or cream), soaked nuts, and coconut yogurt.
Don’t use frozen fruit.
Okay, okay, this one is similar to ice. But it’s like those warnings on coffee cups: Caution. Hot Contents.
Adding anything cold to your smoothie is going to make it colder. Am I blinding you with science yet?
So skip the frozen stuff, opt for fresh if you can, or — what the what? — go for a fruit-less smoothie. (They do exist, my friend, no joke.)
Let the smoothie warm up.
As far as I know, there’s no rule that says you have to drink your smoothie as soon as you turn off the blender.
I’ve been known to blend my smoothies and let them fester in the fridge overnight or even — gasp! — for a couple of days.
So go wild. Toss in your ice and frozen fruits and veggies.
And then come back and grab that smoothie. It will have thawed out a bit and left a little pool of condensation on your counter, but that’s cool (pun totally not intended) ‘cuz now you can drink your smoothie without shivering.
Now that you’ve got some tips up your sleeve, shall we smoothie?
(Did you ever wonder about “let’s?” Like, it means, “let us” because, you know, contractions and all, but who just says, “Let us.” Except, I guess, if someone is all, “Hey, can anyone help with this?” and you and your sidekick go, “Let us.” Still seems like a stretch…)
The Green Apple Goods Smoothie is bright and fresh, and has a bit of a kick, thanks to the kale and the green apple.
But it’s also got oats, which help thicken the smoothie up and add an extra dose of protein to keep you feeling full, and cinnamon, which not only tastes awesome but is awesome for your metabolism, your blood sugar, and your digestive and immune systems.
As always, I’ve got something extra for you today. Download your printable copy of this recipe, complete with a few extra tips on thickening your smoothie, below!