‘Tis the Season for Smoothies and Festive Mocktails!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.  *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Puritan's Pride December Smoothie Campaign


It’s the 2nd day of December which mean Christmas is only 23 days away and we get to ring in 2015 in just 29 sleeps from now.  Just typing that out gives me anxiety…I have barely begun my Christmas shopping and I really don’t foresee having any time in the next three weeks to get it done…yikes! 

Back to the fact that it’s December.  While it might mean the holidays are nearing close, it also means that it is the last month of the Puritan’s Pride Seasonal Smoothie Campaign.  Over the last two months I have been sharing my seasonal smoothie recipes with support from Puritan’s Pride.  

While the other smoothies I have made as part of this campaign have been focused on nutritious meal replacements, this month we are focusing on healthy mocktail recipes so you can celebrate the holidays without all the guilt.  

Puritan’s Pride was nice enough to send this box of goodies to me so I could include them in my mocktail/smoothie recipe.  They also all have awesome health benefits aside from making great drink ingredients.


Puritan's Pride Giveaway


Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein For Her Vanilla Bean: Specifically designed for women’s needs, this protein powder provides whey proteins in a low fat great tasting supplement that supports lean muscle and naturally contains amino acids that are used as fuel for the energy needed for workouts.  It’s 100 calories per serving, easy to mix, low fat, aspartame free, 94% lactose free and free of artificial colors, preservatives, gluten, wheat, and yeast. 


Lehi Valley Natural Ginger: Natural ginger is from the ginger root and is perfect as a spicy snack, for a cup of tea, or an ingredient in cooking and baking. Dried naturally with a unique combination of sweet, spicy, moist and chewy.

Dynamic Health Pomegranate Juice Concentrate: Convenient, delicious way to obtain the beneficial compounds in pomegranate fruit.

Vanns Peppermint Flavor Extract: Few flavors are as distinctly tantalizing as the cool, minty vibrancy of Peppermint Extract. Use in cake, cookies, frosting and ice cream dishes.

Since I couldn’t imagine combining them all in a single drink and making it taste good- I chose to highlight them on their own in three different recipes! One is a mocktail while the other two are more traditional smoothies though still very festive! 

Cranberry Ginger Mocktail

Cranberry Ginger Mocktail: 

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh cranberries
  • 3 or 4 small pieces of Lehi Valley Natural Ginger
  • 1 tsp of Stevia Powder

Combine all and blend.  Pour into a fancy martini glass and garnish with cranberries and pieces of ginger. Sip and enjoy 😉

Peppermint Mocha Protein Smoothie

Peppermint Mocha Smoothie: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Bean Whey for Her protein powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp Stevia Powder (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Vann’s Peppermint Flavor Extract
  • 1-2 tsp of cacao nibs to garnish

Combine everything in a blender except cacao nibs and blend until smooth.  Pour into a large glass and top with cacao nibs.  Sip and enjoy- it tastes just like Andes Mints!Pomegranate Spinach Protein Smoothie

Pomegranate Spinach Smoothie: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 1 handful of ice (or frozen banana, if you please)
  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate Juice Concentrate 
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Bean Whey for Her protein powder
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish
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Combine all in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass and top with pomegranate seeds.  Sip and enjoy! 

Puritan's Pride Seasonal Smoothie Giveaway


No lie- these were all fun to make and they all tasted pretty amazing as well! Just as the last two months, Puritan’s Pride is offering a giveaway of all these products to one of my lucky readers so that you can make your own delicious seasonal smoothies and mocktails! For your chance to win, just enter using the rafflecopter below! Contest ends 12/10 at 11:59 PM.  Good luck! 😀

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 2, 2014

Love the cran pom ginger mix!

Reply December 2, 2014

I"m thinking that Peppermint Mocha needs some espresso! I would have never thought to put pomegranate and ginger together! And then there is the green smoothing....ALWAYS a classic! Love your pics and the Christmas festive glassware!!!
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    Reply December 2, 2014

    Why thank you, I went on a shopping spree at Pier 1 :) I was thisclose to putting coffee in the peppermint mocha but when I sipped it, it just tasted so good so I left it alone (Ps. I hate peppermint but it really was delicious).

Reply December 2, 2014

These recipes look delicious! I haven't been very adventurous with my smoothies lately...just bananas and mangos or strawberries. I need to branch out more :)
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Amy Lauren
Reply December 2, 2014

I think I'd make a protein drink and add Bailey's... hehe. But that peppermint shake looks tasty!
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Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 2, 2014

Bring on the cocktails! I mean mocktails! What pretty pictures- nice job! You are very creative. :)
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    Reply December 2, 2014

    Aw, thank you! I am working on my food photography so that's nice to hear :)

Reply December 2, 2014

A mocha peppermint mixture is always festive and refreshing!

Reply December 2, 2014

That chocolate peppermint sounds amazing!

    Reply December 2, 2014

    Thank you! I was surprised how delicious it ended up tasting as I'm not normally a fan of peppermint!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply December 2, 2014

WOW! Those all look SO good!! I want some of that peppermint mocha stat!
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    Reply December 2, 2014

    I'll making you one when you pre Billy Joel concert! ;) Ps. Dying to see what you came up with this month!

Michelle Kim
Reply December 2, 2014

Gingerbread/ginger-y drinks are yummy :)
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Reply December 2, 2014

Yes! So love these. I'm 31 weeks preggos and these mocktails are calling my name. I'm hosting a Whole Foods Market Giveaway on the blog hope you can join the fun. (http://icecreamandfrenchfries.blogspot.com/)
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    Reply December 2, 2014

    Yay! I was always on the hunt for mocktails when I was preggo too :) I will definitely be stopping over for your giveaway- thanks for letting me know :)

Dannii @ hungry healthy happy
Reply December 2, 2014

I haven't even begun my Christmas shopping yet. I need to get on it though.
Loving the sound of all of these. I think I am going to start adding pomegranate to my smoothies.
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    Reply December 2, 2014

    I was surprised how yummy the addition of the pom was- I really need to start using it more too!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply December 2, 2014

First of all, there is no such thing as a "mock"tail in my house....it's a cocktail all the way ;) That cranberry ginger one does sound amazing though!
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    Reply December 2, 2014

    Hahaha funny you say that bc I am not normally a mocktail girl either. When I showed the picture to my husband he asked me if I had added any vodka or gin :P

Mary Long
Reply December 2, 2014

These all look so delicious! It's not Christmas without something peppermint/mocha.

    Reply December 2, 2014

    I know! I had to go with the chocolate and peppermint combo for one of them!

Pragati // Simple Medicine
Reply December 2, 2014

Cranberry Ginger YUM YUM YUM - I love a good mocktail!
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Reply December 2, 2014

Ooo these look so good! Especially the peppermint mocha smoothie! I wish we could have a festive mocktail party ;)
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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
Reply December 2, 2014

i love all the gorgeous colors!

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply December 2, 2014

I LOVE peppermint mocha everything!
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    Reply December 2, 2014

    Funny because I normally don't but I really enjoyed this smoothie! Maybe my taste buds are changing :)

Reply December 2, 2014

Cranberry Ginger is good!

GiGi Eats
Reply December 2, 2014

peppermint mocha smoothie sounds like heaven - a cold cold heaven! :) lol
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paige c
Reply December 2, 2014

your peppermint mocha smoothie sounds so good! I love gingerbread lattes too!

liz l
Reply December 2, 2014

Anything with chocolate and peppermint

Justin F.
Reply December 3, 2014

The Pomegranate Spinach Smoothie sounds like it would be perfect with breakfast right before a run

Reply December 3, 2014

Love all these! The Drinks look delicious, I will take one of each! I love spinach in smoothies especially!
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    Reply December 3, 2014

    Thanks! I love spinach in smoothies too- one of my favorite things to add :)

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply December 3, 2014

Yummmm these look fun and perfect for a little holiday fun!
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Reply December 4, 2014

I love how festive and cute these are! Peppermint mocha (or hot chocolate) is probably my favorite holiday drink! :]
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Reply December 5, 2014

Peppermint Mocha would be divine!

Reply December 7, 2014

The Cranberry Ginger Pomegranate Martini sounds amazing!

Reply December 7, 2014

Can't wait to share with the girls on my sports teams. I hope we find some we like.

Reply December 7, 2014

peppermint mocha sounds heavenly!

Myra Mingo
Reply December 9, 2014

Yum! These all look awesome :)
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