Start Your New Year With These Holiday-Inspired Smoothies

Try these holiday-inspired smoothie recipes from registered dietitian and STACK Expert Sara Haas.

The temperature may be dropping, but smoothie season is year-round. Why not be merry and bright with these holiday-inspired smoothies? They are perfect before or after most workouts or even as a breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up. If you're bored with your current collection of smoothie recipes, give these festive versions a try; they will supply you with plenty of cheer and nutrition this holiday season.

Pomegranate Smoothie

Servings: 2   |   Portion size: about 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pomegranate juice, cold
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries (about 10 small berries)
  • 1 small banana, peeled, quartered and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼-1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients except the pomegranate seeds to a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.
  4. Tip: Add the ingredients in the order listed; starting with the liquid helps the blender puree the rest of the ingredients.

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Gingerbread Smoothie

Servings: 2    |    Portion size: about 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat milk, almond milk or soy milk
  • 1 banana, peeled, quartered and frozen
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼-1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Tip: Instead of using ice cubes as a way to chill your smoothie, partially freeze the milk in ice cube trays (just until slushy)

Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

Servings: 2    |    Portion size: about 1 cup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup 100% pure apple juice
  • ½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ large apple, washed, cored, cut into chunks and frozen
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seed
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Tip: To add a little extra sweetness to this recipe, add half a banana.

Pumpkin Pecan Smoothie

Servings: 2    |    Portion size: about 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup low-fat milk, almond milk or soy milk
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana, peeled, quartered and frozen
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Tip: Don't throw away overly ripe bananas. Instead, peel and quarter them and place in a freezer bag. Keep them in the freezer until you're ready to make this smoothie!

Bonus Tip: To boost nutritional value, add other ingredients like ground flax seed, hemp seeds and chia seeds.

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Topics: NUTRITION | JUICE | ALMOND MILK | SOY MILK | GREEK YOGURT | VANILLA | YOGURT | SEEDS | BLENDER | SMOOTHIES | RECIPES | CINNAMON