Getting through the winter with your health intact

Winter. Yes, precisely. Which means: it’s going to get really cold. But it also means enjoyable evenings at the Christmas market, walks in the snow or a trip to the ski slopes. And if you’re feeling a bit chilled afterwards, perhaps you might want to try this: warm winter smoothies. Sounds interesting? I agree. What’s indisputable is this: they don’t only warm you up, they’re good for you as well. Which is why I’ve collected a few delicious recipes for you.

#1 Winter apple

Apple – cinnamon – Christmas. As far as I’m concerned, this is a perfect chain of associations. So how about a wintertime apple smoothie before or after the Christmas market? It’s bursting with healthy nourishment. After all: apples contain a whole lot of soluble and insoluble fibre, which is very good for you.

And this is how you make it:

  • 1 large apple
  • 50 g of currants
  • 1 handful of hazelnuts
  • cinnamon
  • some water

For this smoothie, soak the currants in water the evening before. Next day, remove the core from the apple. Then put the apple, the currants together with the soaking water, and the hazelnuts in a mixer, and blend them. If necessary, add more water in order to obtain a drinkable consistency. Finally, flavour with cinnamon, and there you have your “Winter” to enjoy!

 #2 Berry smoothie

Juicy, sweet and delicious. Fresh berries from the garden immediately come to mind, don’t they? These are actually more typical for summer … but never mind. They taste fantastic in winter as well. So if you want a winter smoothie with summery undertones, because you’re missing the heat so much, this is what to do 😉

  • 200 ml camomile tea
  • 25 g blueberries
  • 25 g blackberries
  • 25 g raspberries
  • 25 g of cranberries
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tbs of almond butter

First of all, brew the tea. Then pour 100 ml of the hot tea into a mug, and cool it down to about 50 °C with an ice-cube. Mix the tea with all the other ingredients to create a smoothie. Pour this into a heat-resistant glass and add the rest of the hot camomile tea. And now? Simply enjoy it warm. 😉

#3 Banana-walnut smoothie

The classic combination of banana and nuts reminds me primarily of cakes or muffins. But it’s rather good in a smoothie as well. And whether they’re cold or warm, banana smoothies are always welcome, aren’t they? What’s more, nuts are full of valuable nutrients. So if you feel like enjoying this delicious smoothie, here’s how to make it:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • ¼ cup of walnuts
  • 2 to 3 dates
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

First peel the banana. Then put it in a mixer with the other ingredients and pulse till it’s creamy. Finally, heat up the smoothie briefly, and your nutty-sweet drink is ready.

#4 Ginger-pear smoothie

Ginger is well-known for its curative properties. And whether it’s ginger tea or ginger soup, there are a multitude of recipes featuring this medicinal plant. So: why not try a smoothie with ginger as well? No reason why not, is there? Then go for it, test this healthy winter smoothie:

  • 1 pear
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tbs of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of almond milk

First peel the pear and cut it into small pieces. Then add the rest of the ingredients und mix thoroughly. Heat it all up briefly in the microwave. And hey presto! Your warming potion is ready.

Well, have I whetted your appetites? My own mouth is definitely watering. I’m now already looking forward to drinking all the warm smoothies to combat the wintry chill outside. You too? Then go for it.