We all know how to blend and go the traditional cold smoothie.  However as the cold weather approaches, our body’s will crave comfort and warm.  This month MCC’s nutrition topic is all about power powders – these are nutrient dense powders that you can add to food recipes for a boost of nutrition.  One of my favorite way of incorporating these powders are into drinks.  Have you tried a HOT smoothie?  If not, now is the time, be ready to get a nutrient bang, warm comfort and they taste delish.  Here are MCC’s top three easy to make HOT smoothies

#1 – Tumeric Cinnamon Smoothie – aimed to reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugar, this is a perfect night time smoothie!

You will need – 1 cup almond milk + 1 tsp coconut oil + 1/4 tsp turmeric powder + 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder + 1 tsp honey + 1/2 scoop protein powder (whey)

What to do – in a saucepan heat the almond milk with the coconut oil and honey, when it reaches a boil, pull away from the heat, and whisk in the protein powder, tumeric and ginger.  Serve and stir with a cinnamon stick.

#2 Morning Zinger – this is a cross breed of your morning coffee meeting morning smoothie – great way to start the morning and get your caffeine kick!

You will need – 1/2 cup hot fresh brewed coffee (your choice) + 1/2 cup milk + 2 tbsp collagen powder + 1 tsp coconut oil (sweeten with maple syrup if needed)

What to do – put all the ingredients in a blender and blend!

#3 Gotta have Chocolate – can’t leave it out – chocolate + warmth ….:)

You will need – 1 cup vanilla almond milk + 1 tbsp nut butter + 1/4 cup rolled oats + 2 tbsp cocoa powder + 1/2 tsp vanilla extra + 1/2 scoop protein powder

What to do – the night before add all the ingredients to a bowl and let is soak overnight.  The next morning blend and then add to a saucepan on low heat.  If the smoothie gets too thick – add some more almond milk. When the smoothie reaches your desired temperature – transfer to a mug and enjoy!