We already know that smoothies are a delicious and quick way to provide extra nutrition during the day and many of us have a favorite go-to recipe. Eating seasonally allows us to take advantage of produce at its peak flavor and nutrition, helping us determine what to reach for and when. We often change our smoothies up for summer with the increased availability of peaches, strawberries, and greens but don’t overlook the bounty of fall when it comes to smoothie ingredients! In fact, with a little reimagining, many of the ingredients in your favorite fall comfort foods can liven up your autumnal smoothies and nourish you well into winter. Consider roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash soup, apple cobbler, and pumpkin spice lattes- all of these comfort foods are best enjoyed hot, right? Well, we think you might want to give these five fall ingredients a whirl because they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep you glowing from the inside out.
Sweet potatoes are one of the undisputed comfort foods of the autumnal harvest. However, they make a surprisingly wonderful addition to a smoothie because their silky sweetness adds richness and a vibrant orange color that channels all the fall vibes. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fiber to keep you feeling satisfied and their natural sweetness means less added sugar and plenty of flavor. They are also chock full of vitamin A which research shows is beneficial to healthy eyes and vision.
Like sweet potatoes, pumpkin is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and its texture makes for an extra-smooth smoothie. We love that we can enjoy the dessert-like flavors of pumpkin treats without a sugar crash or the mood swings and digestive issues which can sometimes accompany too much refined sugar, flour, and dairy.
Cinnamon is an easy way to make swoon worthy fall smoothies that are also anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. Studies have shown cinnamon to decrease inflammation in the gut, to help the body fight off seasonal colds, and to even boost the body’s metabolism… all while imparting one of the flavors that make things like gingerbread, chai, and pumpkin pie so delicious.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so why not blend it into a healthy apple pie smoothie? Apples have been linked with many health benefits, including promoting weight loss, heart health, and strengthened immunity.
Pears are juicy and loaded with vitamins K and C, water, fiber, and blood-sugar leveling sweetness. Studies link the consumption of fresh pears to a clearer complexion, proper digestion, and promoting heart health. Pears and especially the red-skinned varieties, can offer important cancer-fighting antioxidants and research shows they can even help reduce inflammation, diabetes, obesity, and help the body detox. If you are trying to lose weight, try combining a ripe pear and one of our weight loss protein powders for a sweet, satisfying meal replacement.