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.

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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.

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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

Prepartion

  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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