This Gingerbread Smoothie is the perfect healthy breakfast to start your day with! It’s creamy ice-cream-like texture and hint of spice are so tasty, plus it’s loaded with good for you protein, and is dairy and gluten free!
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Welcome to Day 2 of my 12 Days of Holiday Recipes! For 12 Days I’m sharing some of my favorite, easy, and sometimes healthy holiday recipes perfect for all the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings coming up in November and December!! The holidays are some of my favorite times to get busy in the kitchen, so many great recipes to enjoy and share together!
Here’s what we’ve made so far: Day 1: The Best Crustless Pumpkin Pie. And now we are ready to dive into today’s recipe… a healthy, vegan Christmas smoothie, that’s gluten-free…. The Perfect Gingerbread Smoothie!
You all know I love smoothies and eat them for breakfast 5 days a week! Smoothies are my go-to healthy breakfast because they are quick, nutritious, and protein-filled! I don’t like eggs so it’s hard to find easy breakfasts that are high in protein, healthy and NOT eggs, which is why I often turn to smoothies, like this holiday-themed gingerbread smoothie!
I especially like starting my day with a healthy smoothie on a big holiday or party because I KNOW I’ve had one meal that is nutritious and stabilizes my blood sugar! It’s also great as a pre-dinner snack so that you don’t roll into holiday gatherings starving and ready to gobble down all. the. things.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in delicious holiday treats, but my goal is always to approach it with mindfulness so I can joyfully celebrate and indulge without making a holiday all about the food I’m eating.
For me, holidays are about connecting with people, creating memories and not food consumption. If you’d like more tips on planning and mindfulness at Christmas you may want to check out 5 Tips to Survive Holiday Stress where I talk about holiday diets, budgeting, and scheduling to help you plan your most joyful and intentional holiday season yet!
Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1 tsp flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 Tbsp Regular or Blackstrap Molasses
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high. Incrementally add ice and blend until smoothie is a thick milkshake like consistency. Serve with a crumbled gingerbread cookie for toppings.
I like to make this healthy Christmas smoothie SUPER thick like a milkshake by adding as much as ice as possible while still making sure it blends in the blender! While this is more of a gingerbread smoothie bowl you could eat with a spoon, I just give it a good stir and enjoy with my thick smoothie straw!
This gingerbread smoothie is super delicious with a crumble of gingerbread cookie on the top, but on your average day, for the sake of speed and not eating a cookie for breakfast, I don’t add the cookie crumble. But it just looks so gosh darn pretty in pictures!
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I also like to add some frozen spinach to this smoothie to up my veggie intake for the day. It won’t be the pretty caramel color anymore, but the added iron and vitamin C and K from the spinach is worth a little color sacrifice!
Supplies to Make a Healthy Gingerbread Smoothie
I wish I had a fancy blender, but I don’t. Don’t let it stop you from making healthy smoothies for breakfast on the regular! Our model is currently discontinued, but if I was shopping for a new blender THIS is what I would get!
Flaxseeds are a powerful little seed that pack a punch of fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fats! I store mine in the refrigerator. You can find at most grocery stores. Be sure to get ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal.
3. Protein powder
I am on a never ending quest for the perfect mascara and the perfect protein powder.
Of course, a lot of the flavor of this gingerbread smoothie (and all smoothies) comes from the protein powder. I like this Organic Vegan Protein Powder best of the vegan versions of protein powder. (Personally, I think all vegan powders are a little chalky, but that’s what you get when you have to go dairy-free!)
If you don’t have a dairy intolerance or allergy or vegan preference my favorite Whey Protein Powder is so amazing! It is rated #1 on Clean Label Project and has great reviews and is in a reasonable price range.
I’ve also used Collagen Peptides for added protein in my smoothies although it is not a “protein powder”. It’s great! I have no complaints I just like my smoothies to be a bit higher in protein and calories since I am eating them for a meal not as a snack or pre-workout. Sometimes I do a scoop of collagen peptides and a scoop of protein powder instead of two scoops of protein powder.
4. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap Molasses take longer to digest and have the lowest sugar content of all sugar cane sweeteners making it a great choice for diabetics and those with high insulin. (Source) Molasses along with ginger are the most recognizable flavors of gingerbread so don’t leave this out! You can find blackstrap molasses at most grocery stores and if you don’t have luck there you can always turn to Amazon and have it shipped to your door! Using regular molasses will make this recipe a bit sweeter and blackstrap will bring out some of the spicier flavor. Experiment and find what you like more!
If you’re craving the flavor of Gingerbread Christmas cookies make this healthy Gingerbread Smoothie instead! You’ll get all the tasty flavor of gingerbread, plus more protein, iron, and fiber to keep your healthy living goals on track this holiday season!
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