When Nicola of G-Free Mom (who is sadly, no longer blogging) asked me to participate in D-tox January, I was more than happy to oblige. Last year I started the year with the Quantum Wellness Cleanse, which led me to discovering my gluten intolerance. And, while I primarily follow the Quantum Wellness eating plan full time these days, I’m once again starting the year following it strictly. The gist of the plan is to eat vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, alcohol-free, and caffeine-free for 21 days. In addition, this year I’m focusing on boosting my fruit and vegetable intake considerably. (Okay, boosting veggies more than fruits – I already eat a lot of fruit.)
Anyway, smoothies and juices are a natural on this cleanse. But, I live in Wisconsin. It’s cold here. And, as much as I love a good smoothie in the summer, the thought of drinking an icy beverage when the wind chills are below zero just isn’t as appealing as I’d like it to be. In winter in Wisconsin, I need warming drinks. Thus was born the Hot Cider Smoothie. Not only is it warm in temperature, but it uses warming spices – fragrant cinnamon and pungent dried ginger – to get your blood flowing.
Hot Cider Smoothie
3/4 cup cider (I used Trader Joe’s Pear Cinnamon Cider)
1 small apple, cored and chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon dried ground ginger
Heat the cider until simmering. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until nearly smooth. (If you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you can probably make this super smooth. I don’t, so I had some chunks. I don’t mind a chunky smoothie, personally.) Serve dusted with more cinnamon.