Christmas Tree Smoothie

By Sandra Watson,

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christmas tree smoothie in a 'let it snow' mug with pine needles and christmas lights

Yes – A Christmas Tree Smoothie! Pine, Spruce and Fir needles from the Christmas tree are a rich source of vitamin C and a great addition to smoothies this time of year as they are so easy to come by. The lovely folks at East Grange Christmas Tree Farm just outside of Durham supplied me with a big bunch of their very best pine needles. All Spruce, Fir and Pine needles can be eaten but definitely NOT yew, so check which variety you have beforehand. Try the Christmas Tree Smoothie plus these other delicious drinks, oozing with all the fabulously familiar aromas of Christmas. I’ve chosen lots of wonderfully distinctive festive flavours that also have heaps of energising and healing qualities.

If you’re keen for more info on these recipes or our detoxing retreats in the New Year, contact me!

There are so many scrummy flavours to tempt us at this time of year but few of them are doing us much good so it’s great to have some seasonally yummy but healthy alternatives. I’ve picked just five options that will satisfy cravings, feel like a cosy treat AND are super crammed with vital nutrients and antioxidants too.

Most of the recipes are high in protein which helps to satisfy appetite and are low GI so they won’t spike blood sugar levels.

Christmas Tree Smoothie

Pine, Fir and Spruce family needles are extremely high in Vitamin C, Spinach is high in iron, zinc, niacin and a whole host of other nutrients, Spirulina is high in protein and nutrients
DO NOT consume if pregnant or breastfeeding.
½ cup pine needles and 1tbsp pine nuts
1 cups of freshly juiced spinach
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
2 bananas
2 cups of water
Add everything to the blender and whizz together

 

Chocolate Mood Booster

Pecans and cacao have a high antioxidant capacity. Butternut squash is full of beta-carotene for your skin and dates and banana provide a natural sweetness (as well as potassium and magnesium).
5 oz butternut squash – chopped
1 banana – peeled
5 tbsp pecans
2 dates – pitted
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 1/4 cup water
Juice the butternut squash.
Blitz the dates and the nuts in the food processor then add everything to the blender including the butternut squash juice and whizz together

 

Butterscotch Smoothie

Lots of protein from the nuts, milk and Maca. Healthy sweetness from the honey, banana and dates
1 banana
3 dates
2 handfuls almonds – blitzed to a paste in food processor
¼ tsp manuka honey
2 cups non-dairy milk
1 big tsp maca powder
Few drops of vanilla
Add everything to the blender and whizz together

Apple Pie Smoothie

Vitamin C from lemon and apple, Cinnamon is a known anti inflammatory
1 cored apple
1 cup non-dairy milk
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp manuka honey
Juice ¼ lemon
Add everything to the blender and whizz together

Spiced Orange Smoothie

Protein from the chia and cream, anti inflammatory from cinnamon and ginger, loaded with vitamin C

2 oranges – peeled
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp manuka honey
1 tbsp coconut cream
1 cup water
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
½ tsp natural vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
pinch of ground clove powder
pinch of nutmeg
Juice the oranges. Leave chia seeds to soak in orange juice for 30 minutes
Add all ingredients into the blender and blitz until smooth.

Click here for dates of my yummy New Year detoxing retreats for gorgeous women who want to feel even more gorgeous!!

 

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