Winter Recipes from The Green Smoothie Bible

Don't let the cold weather stop you from crafting delicious smoothies. Nut milks, ginger, and spices can add a more filling and warming element to a winter green smoothie.

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“Winter produce can certainly present a challenge compared with the abundance of summer fruits. But it also can be a time for creativity when it comes to green smoothies,” says Kristine Miles, author of The Green Smoothie Bible. “Ginger and warming spices like cinnamon can be used. Nut milks, ginger, and spices can add a more filling and warming element to a winter green smoothie. By the same token, use of ice and frozen fruit is best avoided given the weather is cold enough as it is!”

Green Smoothie with Pineapple, Grapefruit, and Avocado

Recipe 1

  • 1 cup pineapple with core
  • ½ grapefruit
  • ½ avocado
  • 1½ cups water
  • Greens (See tip below)

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Recipe 2

  • 4 oranges and/or tangelos, peeled
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup fennel juice
  • Fennel tops (See tip below)

Fresh spinach in a bowl
Tip: If you’re new to green smoothies, Miles recommends that only 10 percent of your smoothie be greens (spinach is a good beginner’s green because of its mild flavor) and gradually increase them to 40 percent as you grow accustomed to the flavor.

Of the 300 available recipes in The Green Smoothie Bible, we will feature nine of Kristine Miles’ seasonal recipes (three more in summer, two in fall, and two in spring). Try one or all and share your green smoothie adventures in the comments below.

Kristine Miles is a health professional with more than 15 years experience. She is passionate about lifelong learning, plant-based nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle. Kristine works full time as a physiotherapist in a private practice, is a part-time cooking demonstrator, and is a blogger at and She is happily married and lives on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

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