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Cheers for happy, healthy holidays

Posted: December 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

From left, Sniffle Snatcher, Sweet Apple Pumpkin Pie, Flu Fighter, Cranbanana Blast, Sweet Potato Pick-Me-Up

 

Sniffle Snatcher
A tasty combination of vitamin C-rich ingredients, cayenne to reduce congestion, and rosemary to reduce inflammation and soothe a sore throat.
1 cup kale
1 carrot
1 pear (cored and
seeds removed)
1/2 cup cubed pineapple
Dash of cayenne pepper
Dash of fresh rosemary
Add water to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

Sweet Apple
Pumpkin Pie
An antioxidant-rich, protein-packed healthy dessert option so you can enjoy the flavors of the season guilt-free.
1/4 cup organic silken tofu or organic Greek-style yogurt
1/2 cup canned pumpkin or cooked fresh pumpkin
1/2 apple (cut, cored, and seeds removed)
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
1–2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 cup almond milk
Add ingredients to large cup, and blast.

Flu Fighter
Vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-bacterial ginger help keep the immune system at its peak during the winter months.
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup Swiss chard
1/4 cup parsley
1 kiwi (peeled)
1/2 lime (peeled)
1 banana (peeled)
1/2 bell pepper (seeds and stem removed)
1 inch fresh ginger root (peeled)
Add water to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

Cranbanana Blast
Filled with heart-healthy nutrients and anti-viral properties, cranberries blend well with bananas and dates for a tart-sweet treat.
1 cup spinach
1 ripe banana (peeled)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 dates
Add water or almond milk to the max line of the large cup, and blast.
Sweet Potato
Pick-Me-Up
Complex carbs from the sweet potato will provide sustained energy, and cinnamon keeps blood sugar balanced.
1/2 cooked sweet potato (skin on)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1 cup ice cubes
Add almond or coconut milk to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

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