4 Healthy smoothies to jump-start your holidays

Dec 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Start your day off right with a healthy and delicious pumpkin, chocolate-peppermint, gingerbread or cranberry-almond holiday smoothie.

Each of these smoothies captures a classic holiday flavor and can be whipped up in about two minutes — perfect for the hustle and bustle of this time of year. While only the chocolate-peppermint smoothie has protein powder in it, you can definitely add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to any of the other recipes for additional energy. Just make sure to use a plain protein powder, as flavored ones will affect the taste.

pumpkin-holiday-smoothie-recipe

Creamy pumpkin smoothie recipe

The pumpkin in this smoothie is for more than just flavor. It also adds fiber and a huge dose of vitamin A, which is great for your immune system.

Serves 1

Total time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup 2 percent milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon Sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender, and puree.

chocolate peppermint holiday smoothie

Chocolate-peppermint smoothie recipe

Be careful to not overdo the peppermint extract in this recipe — it's powerful stuff! You can also substitute chocolate protein powder for the plain protein powder if you like.

Serves 1

Total time: 2 mintues

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup 2 percent milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon plain protein powder
  • Chocolate bar, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender, and puree.
  2. Grate a little bit of your favorite chocolate bar over the top of the smoothie to garnish if you like.

gingerbread holiday smoothie

Gingerbread cream smoothie recipe

The Greek yogurt in this smoothie gives a tangy flavor that blends nicely with the gingerbread spices. If you want your smoothie a little sweeter, then you can add another teaspoon of molasses.

Serves 1

Total time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 3/4 cup percent milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (nonfat is fine)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender, and puree.
  2. You can sprinkle another dash of cinnamon on top if you like.

cranberry almond holiday smoothie recipe

Cranberry-almond smoothie recipe

I like the nuttiness of almond milk with the cranberry juice. For an extra kick of flavor and color, this pretty pink smoothie is topped with a bit of orange zest.

Serves 1

Total time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (nonfat is fine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients except for the orange zest into a blender, and puree.
  2. Sprinkle the orange zest on top of the smoothie.

More holiday smoothies

Spiced eggnog smoothie
Pumpkin-orange smoothies
Sweet potato shake

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