Overeating is the most common side effect of the holidays, but it’s not something that you can’t avoid. With a little extra attention, you can eat just as healthy as usual, and indulge in the wonderful flavours of the festive season too. These christmas smoothies are a great alternative for a fulfilling and nutritious breakfast and they are also super healthy.
Orange, Ginger & Pomegranate Smoothie
- 2 oranges
- 3 clementines
- a small piece of ginger (like around 4 cm), don’t forget to peel it before use
- 1 pomegranate or 2dl pomegranate juice
Put the ingredients into a blender and enjoy the results. If you want a juicier version use pomegranate juice for the mix, if you like the seeds of the pomegranate, and you don’t mind the very crunchy texture, then use the content of a whole pomegranate.
Why is it good for you?
Orange & Clementine: Citruses are famous of their high vitamin C content, which is a pretty important factor during winter time. They are also great energy boosters, and full with fiber that’s great for your digestion.
Ginger: It’s a fantastic natural remedy, that’s great for reducing gastrointestinal stress (which is pretty common during this time of the year), it’s full with antioxidants so supporting your immune system in it’s fight again viruses.
Pomegranate: The ultimate antioxidant rich superfood. Rich in vitamin C ( 1 pomegranate provides about 40 percent of the daily requirement for this vitamin). Supporting heart health, and may have anti-cancer properties too.
Apple, Banana and Cinnamon Smoothie
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 apples
- half teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1,5 tablespoon grounded flaxseed (My favourite one is the flaxseed & nuts mix from Linwood)
- 1,2 dl soy/almond/coconut milk
Put everything into the blender and give it a 20 sec spin. This smoothie is a very fulfilling breakfast in a glass thanks to the banana and the flaxseed in it. And seriously the flavour….yummy!
Why is it good for you?
Banana: This fruit is just amazing. It’s rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6, supporting heart health and overall well being, and even has an emotional boost effect. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
Apples: I’m sure you’ve heard the famous saying ” An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”. Apples are full with antioxidants that are helping your body fight against viruses or inflammation and it’s also rich in a fiber called pectin. Pectin is classed as a soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, a combination that gives it a huge list of health benefits.
Cinnamon: This spice is a great fat burner, and since its mimicking sweet flavours it can seriously help you cut back on your craving for sugar. It’s also full with antioxidants, helps regulating blood pressure and the symptoms of diabetes. Cinnamon’s natural antimicrobial properties have been shown to fight strains of E. coli, as well as Candida yeast.
Flex Seed: Full with fiber and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. The antioxidant benefits of flaxseeds have long been associated with prevention of cardiovascular diseases and have recently also been tied to decreased insulin resistance.
I hope these amazing recipes will encourage you to try something new and healthy during the holidays. I guarantee that you will feel million times better sipping on one of these, than eating one more slice of fruit bread or some other “sinful” christmas treats!