15 Healthy Holiday Smoothie Recipes That Only *Taste* Indulgent
Trying to eat balanced meals during the holiday season can be challenging, to say the least, but it's a little easier if you start your day with a healthy smoothie. For every warm winter salad full of veggies on the buffet table, there's a tray of festive Christmas desserts right next to it, taunting you. That's why eating breakfast is so important. It'll keep you full all morning, so you don't end up going into a frenzy when someone puts a box of cookies in the office kitchen. The best part? These 15 smoothies don't taste healthy — they have all the fun and flavor of your favorite holiday treats.
Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl: Apples, bananas, and warming pie spices give this smoothie bowl a sweet, warm flavor. Top it with plenty of granola and chopped fruit. (via Tara's Multicultural Table)
Cardamom Pear Smoothies: Cardamom is one of the most underutilized spices in your kitchen. It adds warmth to each sip of this pear smoothie — which also surprisingly contains a cup of cauliflower. (via Blissful Basil)
Chocolate Gingerbread Protein Smoothie: Get your Christmas cookie fix with this blended beverage. It's full of protein to keep you satisfied until your next meal. (via Hummusapien)
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Smoothie: Creamy pumpkin is just as good in this breakfast drink as it is in pie. A few chocolate shavings on top, along with a handful of granola, make this the sort of smoothie you want to eat with a spoon. (via The Hanging Spoon)
Cranberry Walnut Apple Smoothie: This drink tastes like your favorite holiday quick bread in smoothie form. A hint of maple syrup gives it an extra boost of sweetness if you feel like indulging just a little. (via A Virtual Vegan)
Four Ingredient Chestnut Smoothie: The nutty sweetness of roasted chestnuts infuses this drink with coziness. Add extra protein with a dollop of vanilla yogurt. (via The Worktop)
Mint Chocolate Smoothies: You'd never guess that this smoothie is made with not one, but two veggies. The minty chocolate flavor disguises the blended-up cauliflower and spinach within. (via Feasting on Fruit)
Pumpkin Smoothie: This pumpkin beverage is sweetened up in two natural ways: Medjool dates add deep caramel notes, while mango brings in some tropical brightness. (via Green Healthy Cooking)
Chocolate Salted Caramel Smoothie: Chocolate lovers, rejoice — this is the smoothie you've been waiting for. It's infused with cacao, drizzled in a raw chocolate sauce, and swirled with a salted date and tahini caramel. (via Happy Health Blog)
White Peppermint Mocha Smoothie: A cool hit of peppermint makes this the perfect drink for waking you up in the morning. Coconut milk and coconut butter add creaminess for a smoothie that's filling enough to last you until lunch. (via Pure and Simple Nourishment)
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl: If you crave a more substantial breakfast, smoothie bowls are where it's at. You can pile on the granola and dried fruit, then gobble it all up with a spoon. (via Route Well)
Salted Date Caramel Smoothie: Sweet dates taste surprisingly similar to caramel when blended. A pinch of salt brings out the nuanced flavor. (via Lean Green Nutrition Fiend)
Toasted Walnut Apple Pie Smoothie: It's easy to imagine apple pie as a smoothie, but in this recipe it's the toasted walnuts that add an unexpected dose of deliciousness. (via Skinny Fitalicious)
Fruit Free Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie: Paleo, keto, and gluten-free, this drink is made with sweet potatoes and cauliflower. A scoop of vanilla collagen powder, maple syrup, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice make it taste like dessert. (via Paleo Gluten Free Eats)
Egg Nog Smoothie: Almond milk and banana are whirled into this egg nog smoothie. It's the ground nutmeg and cloves that make it taste like the real thing. (via Eat Spin Run Repeat)
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.