Why You Shouldn’t Drink Green Smoothies During Winter + What to Eat Instead

Our diets must change according to the season. In the summer, nature provides us with hydrating, refreshing foods like watermelon and leafy greens because they naturally cool us down.

In the fall, we all crave pumpkin-spice everything because our bodies require more grounding, warming ingredients.

In the winter, we want warm bowls of chili because our bodies need more hot and spicy ingredients to heat them up from within. Fascinating stuff, right?

Green juices are all the rage in the yogi community. They’re delicious and nutritious. But are these popular green smoothies and juices good for us all year round?

According to Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system and the subject of my upcoming book The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, the answer is no.

In this article, we’ll explore why you shouldn’t drink green smoothies during the winter. Don’t worry … we have a yummy alternative for you too!


Tell Me About: Ayurveda, Doshas and the Seasons

Here’s the Ayurvedic breakdown of seasons and their corresponding Doshas.

Dosha is the Sanskrit term for energy and is used to classify the various mind-body types. Our bodies change with the season.

In the hot summer months, we become more heated, which is related to the Pitta fire Dosha.

In the cool fall months, our bodies become more cool and dry, which is related to the Vata wind Dosha.

In the chilly winter months, our bodies become more cold and damp, which is connected to the Kapha Dosha.

Which Ayurvedic Dosha Are You? Take This Fun Dosha Quiz to Find Out!

Here’s The Ayurvedic Science of Why You Shouldn’t Drink Green Smoothies In the Winter

So what happens when we maintain our green juice/smoothie habit all year round? Our health actually begins to suffer.

It starts by feeling cold . . . all the time. Then you may feel bloated, gassy and/or constipated.

These are all Vata imbalances, caused by too much air-energy within the body. Green juices are extremely cooling in property and drinking them year-round depletes the digestive fire, which not only leads to digestive issues but also hair loss, dry skin, anxiety, insomnia and other Vata-related issues.


How Am I Supposed to Get My Greens?

Instead of a cooling green juice or smoothie, warm up your greens in a blended soup! You’ll get all the veggies you need but in a warming, easy-to-digest way. On top of that, adding spices make the nutrients more easily absorbed by your body, giving you more bang for your buck.

Ditch Your Green Smoothie This Winter for This Yummy Easy Soup Recipe

Here’s your new go-to recipe for a chilly winter night when you’re craving something sweet and green.

Sweet n’ Green Sweet Potato Kale Soup


  • 2 sweet potatoes, baked
  • 2 large handfuls kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ inch ginger root
  • 1 tsp. pink himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. turmeric


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
  • Remove and pour into a small pot over the stove. Cook over medium heat for 7 minutes or until hot
  • Serve immediately and enjoy! Option to add lemon, hemp seeds, almonds or a drizzle of tahini on top!

Want more winter soup ideas? Here are 3 Soup Recipes for a Satisfying Winter Detox

Stay Healthy Seasonally and Say Good-bye to Green Smoothies During the Winter

An Ayurvedic diet enables you to eat seasonally and supports optimal health. So, until next Spring or Summer!, ditch your green smoothie and instead enjoy this warming, healthy soup. You’ll receive the full health benefits of eating in season the Ayurvedic way.

To learn more about Ayurveda, read What Is Ayurveda? Here’s a Crash Course in Everything You Need to Know

Stay toasty!

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Sahara Rose

Sahara Rose is the best-selling author of the Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda and has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra. She is Certified Ayurvedic, Holistic and Sports Nutritionist, wellness blogger, and host of the Highest Self Podcast. Discover your mind-body type and receive a free mini-course on her website and connect with her on social media.


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