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Enjoying smoothie recipes year-round can be a controversial topic. If you live somewhere that doesn’t drop below 60°F, you may continue making your morning shake without missing a beat. However, the rest of the world may wake up debating whether or not they should make their favorite protein smoothie recipe. Smoothies are a great way to help meet your protein intake for the day, so we thought we would clear things up.

Today, we’re sharing ways to enjoy smoothies in the winter, and why prioritizing protein is always a good idea.

Orange smoothie in a mason jar

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Should You Drink Smoothies in the Winter?

Having smoothies in the winter isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s important to tweak your recipes to match the seasons. The summer may be a great time for a berry-packed recipe, but as the weather and our bodies adjust to winter, it’s a good time to incorporate seasonal ingredients like warming spices.

According to Ayurveda, we should consume more warming foods in the winter. This doesn’t necessarily mean food that’s hot, but ones that promote warmth in the body. Examples of this are black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. Adding a pinch of any of these to your smoothies will help keep your body optimized during the winter, and won’t alter the taste of your smoothies much, if at all.

The Best Winter Morning Protein Smoothie

This protein smoothie recipe is perfect for winter months. When you’re craving a morning shake, but want to keep eating seasonally, this is the best recipe to add to your rotation. It’s packed with ingredients to help you meet a healthy protein intake – chia seeds, sunflower butter, and protein powder. Plus, the seasonal squash, dates, and cinnamon are winter-friendly additions. To make this recipe, simply add all of the ingredients into a blender, and enjoy!


Dandy Blend Protein Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen butternut squash
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dandy Blend
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1 serving of protein powder of choice (vanilla or chocolate will taste great!)
  • Pinch of ginger, cinnamon, and sea salt
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender.
  2. If you want a nice crunch throughout, add in a tablespoon of cacao nibs and pulse on low for a few seconds.
  3. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Happy Sipping!

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