Yin & Yang: Sizzling Smoothies for when times are chilly

Freezing feet, body aches, and general fatigue are common in the winter and even fall, depending on where you live. Cold temperatures cause your body to slow down and contract. Changes in air pressure might make muscles and joints more prone to inflammation and soreness. So basically if you’re feeling more tired and sore in the winter, just stay at home and hibernate until you see the sun.

Totally joking by the way! (Kind of). So in order to help your body stay healthy and balanced in the cold months, you should entertain the idea of adding more warming whole foods into your diet. But first, let’s elaborate a bit more about the science behind balance. 

YIN AND YANG MY FRIEND. 

And we’re not talking about the black and white tattoo your college roommate got in the 90’s. Yin and Yang (pronounced yong as in long) are one of the main concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is one of the oldest medicinal health practices in the world, dating back over thousands of years! The practice is a very ancient and holistic way of healing people using natural, herbal remedies, acupuncture and even exercise. I know, wild. 

A frothy-looking turmeric lassi (a smoothie-type drink made with banana, yogurt, turmeric, honey and other spices) is served in artisanal blown-glass glasses (slightly irregularly shaped) and garnished with turmeric powder and black pepper, shot top down on a grey kitchen countertop.

Heart of Gold Smoothie

SO back to Yin and Yang, essentially these two are opposites, and incorporating both elements equally will help you reach balance, and well being. So one example of this would be eating warm foods during cold months! Balancing out your body’s temperature by eating warming spices and foods is just one way you can feel healthier and more energetic. 

Don’t worry we’re not asking you to give up your beloved morning smoothie during the winter time! We’ve got a clutch compartment of nutrient dense drinks that will eliminate your winter blues. Mix and match the suggestions below to find your winning, warming combo. 

The most nutrient dense ways to bring instant warmth into your blender:

PureFood Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cacao 
  • 1/4 inch freshly grated turmeric or ginger
  • Use 1 cup of almond mylk for a base or 1 cup of cooled chai tea
  • Add a pinch of cayenne to give your smoothie some real heat 
  • Use fruits and vegetables that are in season for a fresh fall/winter taste.
  • Additional spices you can experiment with include: cloves, black pepper, licorice, nutmeg, allspice and paprika! 
  • Avoid adding ice or frozen fruits & veg to keep the temperature down even more. 

Beginning your day with a warming, nutrient dense smoothie is a great way to get all of your vitamins, stay energized and healthy. When your body is balanced, it will function optimally and you’ll feel great. Try one of our smoothie recipes below!

 

Heart Of Gold Smoothie– This pineapple turmeric smoothie was created by our ambassador Emma Andrews, and makes for an amazing post workout snack. 

Stay Rooted Smoothie- Fruity and rooty, this fall flavoured smoothie contains healthy fats and phytonutrients! 

Ginger Mint Strawberry Shortcake Pre Natal Smoothie– Ya we know, that name is a mouthful. But once you try this protein packed, pre natal potion, you’ll forgive us.

Spiced Sugar Plum Smoothie – This festive drink can be blended up anytime of the year. Boosted with cinnamon and cloves, this is a bold way to start off the day.

Carrot Cake Smoothie- Refined sugar free, this liquid dessert will have you jumping out of bed on a Monday morning. Nutmeg and ginger are the dynamic duo featured in this recipe. 

PureFood Pumpkin Spice Smoothie-  If pumpkin pie is your thing, get blending. This spicy smoothie is basically a slice of pie in a glass. 

 

 

 

 

 

References: 

http://mentalfloss.com/article/30741/does-being-cold-make-you-more-susceptible-getting-cold

straightbamboo.com/how-to-stay-healthy-in-winter/

www.muscleclinic.co.uk/link-cold-weather-and-muscle-and-joint-pain/