Soothing Smoothies for Holiday Fun

Smoothies are a fantastic food option for sufferers of TMD and CMD. Eating healthy is an essential part of good health and smoothies can be packed with nutritional ingredients your body needs. Of course, smoothies have another obvious benefit. As a soft food, they can be ingested with little irritation to the jaw joint.  And the benefits don’t stop there.

smoothieSmoothies are easy to prepare. You won’t get bogged down in the kitchen–most smoothies can be made in less than five minutes. And clean-up is a breeze. All you need is a blender and measuring cups.  Try the following recipes this month. No exotic ingredients are required, and not only are they healthy and delicious, they’re sure to brighten up your holiday season.

North Pole Smoothie

smoothy1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries in syrup, partially thawed and un-drained
1/4 cup water
2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
2 tablespoons vanilla reduced-fat yogurt

Blend together. Optional: Crush a strawberry or peppermint flavored candy cane and add it into the mix.

Winter Day Energizer  

1 mango – peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks (or frozen works really well, too)
1 banana, peeled and chopped
1 cup orange juice
1 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt

Blend the ingredients together.  This classic recipe is an across-the-board crowd pleaser.

Banana Cranberry Cream Smoothie

Banana Cranberry Smoothy2 bananas
2 sprinkles cinnamon
1 teaspoon non-alcohol vanilla extract
1/2 cl of hulled pumpkin seeds
a few pecans (I used about 4 halves) chopped
½ cup fresh cranberries or more to taste
Water to desired consistency

Blend seeds/nuts first to create a powder, then blend everything else together. After Thanksgiving you might find unused cranberries in your refrigerator, and maybe you saved the pumpkin seeds from your Halloween jack-o-lantern. This is a great recipe for getting rid of leftovers lying around your kitchen.

Yummy Green Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Couple handfuls of kale or spinach, or 5 large romaine leaves
1/2 – 3/4 cup water

Blend together. Smoothies aren’t all about fruits alone. Give the vegetables a chance! This smoothie has just a dash of green veggies which contain essential A and C vitamins our bodies need. It will change the color of your concoction, but don’t worry—all you’ll taste is the sweet melding of banana and pineapple.

Eggnog Smoothie

Eggnog Smoothie2 cups low fat eggnog
1 banana
1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup of 2% milk
2 cups of ice
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cinnamon

Who can resist creamy, delicious eggnog during the holidays? This recipe is sure to get you into the holiday mood. Remember to look for low fat eggnog when grocery shopping. It has half the fat and calories. Blend the ingredients together for perfect holiday happiness.

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