The Gingerbread Man Smoothie: Protein-packed, Immune-Boosting and Delicious!
Here’s a healthy, yet very tasty, version of the old classic!
You really can’t get past the Gingerbread Man in a collection of Christmas smoothies; it just goes without saying. No Christmas without gingerbread!
This wonderful smoothie really brings with it the classic gingerbread flavours, and is sure to put you in the right spirit. But in addition to its festive flavours, it also brings a great many nutritional benefits. Just look at this:
Move over peanut butter!
Almond is literally the most nutritionally dense nut around. For every calorie you consume, you get the most vitamins and minerals out of almonds compared to any other nut! In addition, almond butter contain just as much protein as meat; spoon for spoon, and also tons of dietary fibre and healthy oils such as omega 3. In fact, almonds contain more healthy fatty acids, protein and nutrients than the good old peanut!
Spice up your life and get healthy!
All the wonderful seasonal spices in this yummy smoothie are also there for reasons other than just the flavour. Cinnamon helps with blood sugar control, it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, it’s a mood-enhancer and a de-bloater!
I’m sure you know that ginger helps regulate the stomach by aiding digestion, but did you know that it also has anti-inflammatory qualities?
Cloves give a warm, sweet and aromatic flavour to gingerbread, but they also contain something called eugenol, which has been the subject of recent studies on the prevention of toxicity from environmental pollutants. Cloves also have anti-inflammatory properties, and are exceptionally high in manganese, which is integral in bone production, skin health and blood sugar control.
An other fantastic ingredient in this awesome smoothie is cardamom, which is a great detoxifier with diuretic properties. Ayurvedic medicine has long used cardamom as an antidepressant, and although this hasn’t been confirmed by modern medicine, that’s not to say it isn’t right.
Nutmeg is also an important player in our seasonal smoothie. It has long been used in Chinese medicine as a pain-killer and mild sedative, and can perhaps provide a bit of de-stress during the hectic holiday preparations? Perhaps give you a good nights sleep! Nutmeg has also traditionally been used as a liver and kidney detox, as well as providing a boost of calcium, iron and manganese.
Banana and greek yoghurt adds to this wonderful blend by providing probiotics, soluble fibre and potassium!
- 1 cup of Greek yoghurt or dairy-free/vegan yoghurt strained (I use sheep milk yoghurt)
- 2 table spoons of raw almond butter
- ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice)
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- 1 cup ice cubes
- ½ frozen banana
Pop it all in the blender and run on high until smooth and creamy. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and perhaps a piece of my totally awesome Norwegian gluten-free gingerbread cookies! You can find the recipe on this link.