Despite what your friends might say, not eating holiday cookies every single day of December doesn’t make you a Scrooge. Still, resisting the urge to snap the head off a frosted snowman day after day can be tough. Next time a craving strikes, whip up one of these clean smoothies instead.
Chocolate Peppermint Green Smoothie
Skip the empty-calorie candy canes in favor of this nutrient-dense smoothie from Healthy Delicious. It’s loaded with spinach, flaxseed, and avocado, and packs plenty of wintry flavor from cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and a touch of maple syrup. Wanna go all out with the whipped cream topping? Make your own minus the sugar, or add a few drops of stevia instead.
Frozen Cranberry Orange Smoothie
Tart and bright, Cotter Crunch’s fruity concoction is exactly what you need to balance out all those other sweet, decadent Christmas flavors. Fresh-squeezed orange juice balances out the sourness of the cranberries—but if you’re not down with OJ, try swapping it out for your favorite unsweetened nondairy milk.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Everyone knows pumpkin pie season runs from Labor Day to New Year’s. So if you’ve been trying to limit slices of actual pie—or other pumpkin-y treats that are loaded with sugar—this shake from Healy Eats Real will do the trick. (Here are more pumpkin foods you have to try.) The cinnamon hits all the right notes, while the combo of avocado, coconut oil, and coconut milk keeps things delectably creamy. Don’t have any collagen gelatin on hand? Don’t worry. Your smoothie will taste just as awesome without it.