Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gingerbread Smoothie

Gingerbread Smoothie
I'm not going to claim the first to make a gingerbread smoothie. There are many recipes out there. However, that's not going to stop me from sharing my version with you! Why? Because there are a lot of crazy ones out there. Many use protein powder, some add veggies, others use actual gingerbread cookies. Some of those things are good add ins, some are not so healthy, and some just turn that smoothie into a milk shake instead! I however, like to keep my smoothies relatively simple.

My gingerbread smoothie has basic ingredients with the exception of the stevia. You don't need to include the stevia or you could choose another sweetener. When I make this smoothie for my kids, I leave the stevia out but I have a major sweet tooth so I add it in for my smoothies.

Why gingerbread? Gingerbread tastes amazing for one thing! It's perfect for the holiday season, although that wouldn't stop me from having this smoothie in the summer time! It also has molasses in it! Molasses is a great source of iron - generally around 15% of your daily value. As if that is not enough molasses is also a good source of calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, and magnesium! So why wouldn't you want to add it to smoothies? Just make sure you get the organic, unsulphured stuff, like this brand.

Gingerbread Smoothies

1 cup milk/yogurt
1 frozen banana
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger
1 tbs. molasses
1/32 tsp powder stevia - optional


Place all ingredients into blend and blend away! Pour into a glass and serve.

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