Winter warming smoothies
Most of us associate smoothies with a fruit cocktail to savor in the middle of summer, and if it’s on the shore of the beach, all the better.
But we are going to focus on the season of the year that touches us. We are in the middle of winter, snowing in various parts of Spain and there’s nothing better than a hot beverage or meal to warm ourselves, not to mention, healthy drinks that give you the necessary energy to brave the winds and rain.
So we are going to propose three hot shakes to drink and savor this winter.
What to have for breakfast in winter?
Hot pear and ginger smoothie (with almond milk)
2 pears (with or without skin, up to you)
Ginger (one knob) but don’t overdo it!
1 and 1/2 cups of almond milk (you can use normal mild but almond milk is so much better)
2 tablespoons of almond butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Preparation: Extra easy
-Place all the ingredients in a blender. You can include the skin of the pear or not, that will depend on your tastes and how you do the digestion since there are people who digest the skins of fruits worse. Once everything is in the blender, blend everything for 3 or 4 minutes.
-Pour everything into a saucepan or small pot and heat the smoothie over low heat until it’s at a temperature that is comfortable to drink. (do not boil as boiling it would lose its properties)
-Serve when done.
Which shake is best to drink on an empty stomach?
Blueberry Apple Smoothie
1 apple (sweet variety, avoid green apples, they are very acidic)
3 tablespoons dried cranberries (you can buy them in supermarkets)
350 ml of water
1 finger of ginger chunks (don’t go overboard with the ginger, otherwise you’ll overshadow the flavor of the other ingredients)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Put a pot of water on the hob until it boils. While you will be preparing the ingredients.
-In a small bowl or pot, place the blueberries, ginger and cinnamon.
-Pour over the ingredients, 150 ml of boiling water. Stir and let it rest for 7 – 8 minutes.
-In the blender, place the peeled apple (important without skin), clean and chopped small, together with the blueberry mixture that you made before in the bowl.
-Mash all the ingredients well. Until everything is well mixed into a uniform texture.
-Add the remaining hot water (which you have heated before) to the dough and beat for a few more minutes, until it looks creamy and without lumps.
-Serve in a hot cup or glass to start the day with strength.
What foods are good for fighting the cold?
Apple cinnamon smoothie
1 apple (preferably not acidic)
¼ cup raisins (you can find it in supermarkets)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons of walnuts (you can crush them or not)
– Start by cutting the apple into pieces (this time with the skin but without the seeds) and we will place it in a saucepan with ¼ cup of water.
– Add the raisins and cinnamon.
– Cook until the apples are soft and then let it cool.
– Put everything in the blender to crush it.
– Once crushed add the walnuts and a little warm water. (to be able to create a creamier texture)
– The shake has to have a creamy texture so you will add water according to your taste.
– Empty the drink from the blender and serve hot (not boiled).
These hot shakes are suitable to drink both on an empty stomach and at other times of the day. Starting the day with a hot smoothie when it’s cold is one of the tastiest things out there.
But if you are faithful to your morning coffee, no problem, these hot shakes can be taken at any time of the day.