Recipe: Winter Smoothie

IMG_5066Post by Paula Jahn, Co-owner and Registered Dietitian & Cooking Instructor at Nourish Northwest

In the winter, I generally crave warming foods. Hearty bean and vegetable stew, slow cooked meat, gooey casserole, tea…But lately, I’ve been dreaming about a smoothie. I have a stash of frozen berries and bananas on hand for such a hankering, but today I wanted to do something more seasonal. I wanted to include seasonal fruit and also have it be rich and warming.

I’ve really been liking the blog Dishing Up the Dirt by a local farmer/foodie, Andrea Bemis. She has a smoothie recipe that calls for blood orange and cashew. That’s where I drew my inspiration and it hit the spot! With ginger and citrus, it felt warming and seasonal; cashew made it creamy and satisfying.

I recently found organic coconut milk with nothing added (no gums or preservatives) at Trader Joe’s.  I actually did not end up using it since my oranges were so juicy, but it would have complimented the other flavors if you end up need to thin it out.

Seasonal smoothie. Dietitian approved!

The blood orange I found was the size and color of a small beet. I used a combination of an heirloom navel orange and the blood orange.

Creamy and full of immune-boosting antioxidants.

Winter Smoothie

(Adapted from Sunday Smoothie by Dishing Up the Dirt)

Makes 2- 8oz smoothies

1 small navel orange, peeled

1 small blood orange, peeled

1 frozen banana, slightly thawed (33 seconds in the microwave makes it easy to peel)

1 tsp freshly grated ginger (use a Microplane grater)

1/4 tsp freshly grated turmeric or turmeric powder

1/4 cup raw cashews

1/4-1/2 cup milk of choice, if needed to thin

1 medjool date or 1 tsp raw honey, optional


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add some coconut milk, kefir, or other liquid. Add a date or some honey if your oranges are tart.

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