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    Ask The Chef: Warming “Smoothiesâ€

    By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef | December 8, 2012

    Question:

    It's too cold for smoothies in the winter, can you give me some suggestions on the best way to make a warm smoothie?
    -C. Fox

    Answer:
    As much as we love smoothies here at Navitas, we also completely understand that on some chilly days even the thought of whipping up a batch of something frosty can bring on a shiver!While a “warm smoothie†may be a little funky, there's plenty of delicious ways to enjoy a superfood beverage while still staying cozy.

    Use warming ingredients: Okay, so this method is cheating a little bit, as we're still making a cold smoothie. Nevertheless, using ingredients that increase circulation can greatly help in maintaining the feeling of warmth! Superfoods like maca root, turmeric powder, ginger, and even cayenne pepper all have purported abilities to promote inner “fire†… and of course offer a whole list of other benefits as well, from enhanced immunity to balancing the adrenals.

    Skip the ice: Another method to keeping your smoothie regimen up is opting for using solely room-temperature ingredients, so the smoothie isn't quite as much of a shock to your body temperature. Fruits like bananas and pears are ideal used at room temperature - add them to a scoop of almond or nut butter and room-temperature water for a simple smoothie base. Then, add your superfoods of choice, like goji berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds etc. The smoothie will have a different (thinner) texture than a classic smoothie, but will offer you a delicious/nutritious combo nonetheless.

    Try a hot tincture: A clear benefit to smoothies is the ability to incorporate such a vast variety of superfoods into one beautiful blend. However, simple warm drinks that use superfoods can be profoundly beneficial too! This time of year is a perfect excuse to whip up some Hot Chocolate using raw cacao powder. Or, try one of my favorite wintertime recipes from Superfood Kitchen: Spiced Camu Cider. Even soaking goji berries in hot water for 5 minutes makes a lovely naturally sweet tea. Delicious!

    Have a superfood smoothie question of your own? Ask away! Just post it below and we may feature it in an upcoming segment of Ask The Chef.