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Winterize your smoothie routine with these comforting creations.

Summer might be a distant memory but that doesn’t mean now can’t be prime smoothie season. Crafted for wellness, these blended drinks will make you feel all cozy inside even in the grips of winter. Blitzing together the right ingredients can warm the body with a cornucopia of must-have nutrients for better health. Apples, avocado, sweet potatoes and warming spices provide plenty of flavor and comfort. So don’t give your blender the season off. Fight the winter blues with these feel-good smoothies.

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Apple Crisp Smoothie

apple crisp smoothie

Matthew Kadey

PREP: 15 minutes


This drink goes down easy whether it’s served for breakfast, snack or dessert. If desired, swap out the oats for quinoa flakes and the apple for chopped frozen pear. To make ahead, freeze a few chopped apples so you have them on hand when you need them. If using large, soft medjool dates, omit the soaking step and use just 1 date.

Each serving contains 350 calories, 6g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 13mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 33g sugars, 22g protein, 25Est GL.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

PREP: 10 minutes

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High on nostalgia, this smoothie tastes like everyone’s favorite schoolyard sandwich. Navy beans give it creamy texture and mellow flavor, not to mention a nutritional boost of extra fiber and protein. If needed, sunflower butter or almond butter can replace the peanut butter, while frozen raspberries can be used in lieu of strawberries. Top with granola for a pleasant crunch.

Each serving contains 446 calories, 12g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 10mg cholesterol, 443mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 33g sugars, 21g protein, 28Est GL.

Mocha Smoothie

PREP: 10 minutes

mocha banana smoothie

Matthew Kadey


This warm coffee drink helps take the edge off of winter’s chill. A healthy balance of carbs, protein and good-for-you fats, it will kick-start your day.

Each serving contains 284 calories, 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 14g fiber, 21g sugars, 15g protein, 13Est GL.

Tropical Green Smoothie

PREP: 10 minutes

tropical green smoothie

Matthew Kadey


Whisk off to tropical climes with this drink. Lime adds citrusy brightness and tofu delivers body and protein. (If you’re avoiding soy, replace the tofu with yogurt or a soy-free protein powder.) Skeptical about blending greens into your smoothie? Start with spinach, which has a more mellow flavor than kale or Swiss chard.

Each serving contains 427 calories, 17g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 42g sugars, 17g protein, 18Est GL.

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

PREP: 10 minutes

sweet potato smoothie

Matthew Kadey


Sweet potatoes, maple syrup and warming spices make each sip taste like pie in a glass. Tahini gives this smoothie extra silky appeal. Roast, steam or boil a few sweet potatoes ahead and chill them (up to 5 days) so they’re ready when you need them.

Each serving contains 424 calories, 8g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 10mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 26g sugars, 16g protein, 33Est GL.

Power Powders

biochem vegan protein

Whirling a protein powder into your smoothie is an easy way to bump up the protein content and give it more staying power. Here are some gluten-free powders worth trying. You can also sneak them into baked goods and pancakes.

BioChem 100% Vegan Protein

This protein powder contains pea, hemp seed and cranberry proteins. Certified gluten-free, non-GMO and soy-free, it contains no artificial additives.

bob's red mill protein and fiber

Bob’s Red Mill Protein & Fiber Nutritional Booster

Pea protein is upgraded with chia seeds for healthy fat, psyllium for hunger-quelling fiber and probiotics for digestive health.
Facility processes tree nuts & soy.

Nutiva Hemp Protein

nutiva hemp protein

A mere 3-tablespoon serving delivers 15 grams of high-quality plant protein along with 8 grams of fiber and important nutrients like magnesium and zinc.

Paleo Pro Paleo Protein Powder

paleo pro paleo protein powder

Not just for cavemen, this no-moo powder infuses drinks with a whopping 26 grams of sugar-free protein from grass-fed beef and eggs. Flavors range from Mayan Mocha and Banana Berry to Aztec Vanilla.
Contains egg.

Vega Protein & Greens

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This protein shake is made with a blend of pea, brown rice, hemp and sacha inchi proteins. Gluten-free and non-GMO Project verified, it also contains veggies in the form of organic alfalfa, spinach, broccoli and kale powders.

Contributing chef Matthew Kadey, RD is a registered dietitian and food writer. He is author of The Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press), The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook (Ulysses Press) and, Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure (VeloPress).


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