Winter smoothies? Yes! Smoothies usually make more of an appearance in the spring and summer when more fruits are in season and the weather is warmer. But there are actually a handful of pretty great reasons to buck the trend and get the whole family hitting the winter smoothies for some healthy breakfasts.
5 Reasons Winter Smoothies Make a Great Breakfast
- You can make them in mere minutes. Is there a faster breakfast than throwing three to five ingredients into a blender, pressing a button for 30 seconds, then pouring? We think not.
- Frozen fruits are packed with healthy stuff. It's true! When ripe fruit is harvested, it's at its peak nutritional state. So when it's frozen very soon after, all the nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants get locked in, ready and waiting for you.
- They are easy to customize for each person in family. If you keep a good selection of frozen fruit on hand, even with many different tastes in one household, it's very easy to come up with delicious smoothie combos for each person, on the spot. And even several in one morning.
- They are the ultimate on-the-go breakfast or snack. Whether you're walking, busing, or driving, so long as you have a tight lid, smoothies are a mess-free breakfast that's easy for both you and the kids to take on the go.
- Easy to make ahead or from scratch. If you're feeling just a little ambitious, it's worth the time to bag up ingredients for winter smoothies to freeze beforehand so preparing them in the morning is that much easier. But even if you just stay on top of your stash of frozen ingredients, a smoothie can still come together in a flash.
10 Recipes for Your Winter Smoothie-ing:
"This recipe was out of this world," says microwman22. "I didn't happen to have any Greek yogurt so I substituted plain. I also used frozen blueberries and it tasted fine all the same."
If you can't be in the tropics, the flavor of this smoothie will at least make you feel like you're there for a few minutes. Pineapple combined with banana has a way of doing that.
"Perfect smoothie to get my morning going," says Paula. "I used a frozen banana which made the smoothie icy cold. I'm totally off sugar, so the banana made this smoothie plenty sweet for me."
This smoothie is like liquid sunshine in a glass, sure to brighten your morning on a less-than-sunny winter day.
Kids loved it! For a second batch, we used a package of sweetened frozen strawberries (thawed) along with a banana," says Rarely Give a Five Star:). "It tasted great and it was a little quicker to make."
Recipe submitter mamaiscookin describes this recipe as "a great way to get your kids to eat greens!" And many, many reviewers backed up this claim, raving that you can't even taste the spinach with all the other delicious ingredients.
Raspberries add some berry punch to the mellow, sweet cantaloupe flavor, and yogurt adds some creaminess in this easy smoothie the whole family will love. The recipe submitter recommends swapping out the raspberries for strawberries sometimes to keep your taste buds entertained.
"My two daughters (ages six and four) loved this! I added about three tablespoons of honey and it was perfectly sweet," say Elvira Silva.
"I used 1 cup frozen kale and one cup frozen spinach, thawing it with some warm water," says Angela Misurelli. "I didn't have any chia seeds, but it still came out really tasty."
Talk about sunshine in a glass! This smoothie with mango, banana, orange juice, and vanilla yogurt is sure to get any rainy day off to a sunny start—in spirit at least!