College kitchen: Smoothies for winter

Cold weather, cold tongue, can’t lose.

Cucumber Mango Winter Smoothie consisting of orange juice, apple, mango, spinach and cucumber.

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Cucumber Mango Winter Smoothie consisting of orange juice, apple, mango, spinach and cucumber.

Joe Cristo

It’s a common misconception that during cold winter nights, sipping on hot cocoa or coffee will keep you warm. The opposite is true: drinking something colder actually helps regulate your body temperature.

In other words, drinking a chocolate shake or a cold glass of water is more advantageous.

But flavorful drinks like chocolate shakes can be expensive if you’re making them yourself.

Smoothies, on the other hand, are cheap, not too sweet and healthful.

Thus, I have decided to create a scientifically accurate and suitably delicious list of my favorite winter smoothies. Let this be the season your life changes forever.

Cucumber mango winter smoothie

1 cucumber

1 apple

2 cups spinach

1 mango

1 cup orange juice

1 cup water

Blend the fruits and veggies while slowly adding water. Keep blending until the mixture is completely smooth.

This smoothie is based on out-of-season earthy fruits and vegetables.

The sweetness of the fruits helps mask the bitterness of the veggies. I strongly recommend over-blending this smoothie and adding a few ice cubes for texture.

Gingerbread smoothie

1 banana

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/3 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup ice

Blend all of the ingredients together. Make sure to peel off the first few layers off the ginger so all that is left is the mouthwatering interior.

Consider adding alcohol for a boozy alternative. The sweetness will help cover up the intrusively noxious flavor of your favorite cheap white rum.

Citrus smoothie

3 peeled small oranges or clementines

1 cup orange juice

1 cup unflavored (or flavored if you’re into that) yogurt

1 cup water

1 cup ice

This is a really simple smoothie that’s impossible to mess up.

If you want to add some sugar or whipped cream on top it will taste like a Creamsicle. If you don’t, it’s a healthy, sweet indulgence.

You could probably do this with any fruit now that I think about it. Just make sure to add the yogurt as a thickener.