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Healthy Recipe - Gingerbread

Healthy Holiday Recipe

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg… some of the BEST of the season’s holiday flavours!

Here how you can enjoy them in a healthy, nutrition packed smoothie – leaving you room for that second helping or that slice of apple pie.

From Halloween to New Year’s Day, it can seem like there are endless decisions to be made around food. For those in recovery from a substance addiction or an eating disorder, this emphasis of food – and what’s on our plates – can certainly add a layer of complexity and associated stress to the holiday season.

However, when it comes to this Gingerbread Smoothie, the ONLY decision you’ll have to make is if you want to have it for breakfast or dinner.

Not only is it tasty, but it’s healthy, too… just one serving of this packs a nutritious punch – chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B2 – B6. For those of us with food intolerance’s or allergies, this recipe is naturally egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free (ok, we think we got them all!).

As you likely know, staying on track with healthy eating habits can be really useful this time of year, especially when navigating recovery from an addiction. Taking care of our bodies and minds allows us to make clear decisions from a balanced place!

To try out this holiday smoothie, gather the following ingredients, and follow these directions.

If you try a substitute that works well, be sure to leave your comments!

Servings: 2 (or one hungry person, right?)

Prep Time: approx 15 minutes

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (a blend of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon)
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger

Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender, and blend for about one minute or until the consistency appears smooth. If you want to add some plant-based protein, try adding a scoop or two of your favourite vanilla vegan protein powder.

Feeling fancy? Make your own smoothie bowl! Pour the mixture into a bowl, and top with sliced bananas, coconut chips, or dried ginger. Sprinkle with more pumpkin pie spice or even crushed candy canes.

Grab a spoon or a straw, and dig in!

Do you have any favourite healthy holiday recipes? Please leave your comments below or email us at info@cedarscobblehill.com. We’d love to hear them!

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