Cold weather is great for all sorts of reasons.
You can change into PJs as soon as you get home from work because it’s already dark.
You get to snuggle up on the couch and watch Netflix in the evening with zero guilt.
And you feel even healthier if you start your day off with a smoothie, because everyone else is on the comfort-eating bandwagon!
But one downside of winter is that there isn’t as much variety of fresh seasonal fruit available at your local supermarket.
This doesn’t mean that you need to give up on your daily smoothie, you just need to get a bit more creative with the options that you do have handy!
Here are my favourite winter-friendly fruit options for frozen smoothies.
It is the perfect time of the year to embrace the citrus fruits that grace your local produce section.
Whether you love the sour taste of lemon or the sweet tang of mandarin and orange, you can add your favourite into a winter smoothie.
Have a play around with the taste by adding some of these below:
- Blood orange
If you want to get even more creative with your smoothies, you can try adding some of Australia’s native citrus options.
My favourite is finger lime (I have my own tree!).
But there is also the desert lime, round lime, Kakadu lime and a few other lime varieties that you may find locally, depending on where you live and where you shop for your fruit.
Another winter favourite is the humble apple.
During the colder months, there are dozens of varieties around and each has its benefits and unique flavours.
So why not embrace one of the most affordable fruits for your winter smoothies?
Apples go beautifully with flavours and ingredients such as:
- Caramel (you can use mesquite as a healthy caramel-flavoured ingredient!)
- Green tea/matcha
- Quinoa flakes
- Super greens such as chlorella
So get into the kitchen, get your blender out of the cupboard and get creative with your bushel of apples!
I think that pears are one of the most underrated fruits out there.
They are full of fibre, including prebiotic fibre that keeps your tummy and immune system happy.
And they are super-affordable during the winter months.
So another angle for you, you could try combining pear with smoothie ingredients such as:
- Chai spices
- Almond butter
- Citrus fruits
Here’s a red hot smoothie tip for you.
If you’re anything like me, and you forget about your pears until they go mushy – don’t throw them out.
You can add them to your smoothies instead!
Because you’re already going to be blending them to make your smoothie, the texture doesn’t make a difference in the end.
It’s a great way to prevent food waste and include an extra serve of fruit into your winter smoothie at the same time.
It’s great to use fresh fruit when you can, but there’s nothing wrong with using frozen options during the winter time.
You can use any frozen fruit you like, but berries are my favourites for a few reasons:
- Berries are packed full of beneficial antioxidants that help support your health
- Some of the antioxidants found in berries help protect your brain function (which can take a beating during the cold months if you’re anything like me!)
- Berries are also an excellent source of fibre, while also being reasonably low in sugar
- Cherries (which are technically a drupe rather than a berry, but I tend to group them together) are a natural source of melatonin, which can help support optimal sleep quality
If you have a low-powered blender, go for strawberries, cherries and blueberries as your frozen berry picks.
Other berries can add a grittiness to the smoothie because the blender hasn’t sufficiently broken down the seeds.
But if you’ve got a super powered blender, you can add any berry that tickles your fancy!
Either way, adding berries to your winter smoothie is a really easy way to boost your smoothies flavour and also increase the nutrient value of your smoothie too.
Make sure to add your Super Cubes
With all of the above great fruit you can to your winter frozen smoothies there is one more ingredient you can add to simplify, increase nutritional value and also to help make your frozen smoothie even more convenient.
This extra ingredient is two to three of your favourite Super Cubes frozen smoothie cubes.
We may be a bit bias, but if you’re looking a simple and convenient base to add to any of your best smoothie recipes, you can’t look past the Super Cubes range of products.
It’s as easy as throwing in two to three cubes into your blender, adding in a few of the above winter smoothie ingredients, combine these with a liquid of your choice (or ice cubes) and then blend.
Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean you have to go without your fruit.
One of the best ways to get extra fruit into your diet is by adding them to your winter frozen smoothie recipes, so why not try a few of the above out this week!