Orange Vitality Smoothie

I love starting my day with a big, nourishing smoothie loaded up with lots of fruit, quality protein, healthy fats, and superfoods! This particular combination developed out of my desire to really reap the benefits out of a few foods and spices I’m really loving right now!

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Everyone knows oranges are a prime supplier of Vitamin C, but did you know getting your Vitamin C from an orange is way more effective than getting it from a packet? While there’s a lot of speculation that Vitamin C plays a role in sickness, such as the common cold, there isn’t much evidence. Eating healthy however, plays an enormous role in the condition of our immune system. By eating the whole orange, you not only get Vitamin C, but also fiber and other vitamins such as B6 and Magnesium and that will definitely help you ward off sickness.

Chia Seeds contain polyunsaturated fats and protein, making them the perfect addition to a smoothie heavy in fruit! They are also a great source of Iron, which absorbs best when combined with Vitamin C.

Turmeric, the star of the show here, is a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. It comes from a root, but so far I’ve only found it ground into a powder in the spice section! It has a particular flavor and a bright orange color derived from curcumin, a curcuminoid with medicinal properties. It is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, making it immune boosting and especially valuable during cold season.

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Finally, I’m really loving ginger lately. I love its light, yet pungent fragrance and the spiciness it gives to dishes, and in this case, smoothies! I buy whole ginger and chop it up as I need it; I notice a huge difference between the powdery ginger found in the spice section and the whole root itself. It promotes gut health – which as someone with a sensitive tummy, I’m always trying to do! It too has anti-inflammatory effects, which protects against diseases small and large.

Enjoy this smoothie that tastes delicious and has loads of health benefits!

– Ingredients –

2 frozen bananas

1 fresh orange

1 cup almond milk

1/4 inch ginger

1 tbsp chia seeds

Sprinkle of turmeric

ice

– Recipe – 

  1. Peel and chop orange, leave the white, stringy rind on – that contains nutrients!
  2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend for about 45 seconds, adding liquid and ice as needed.
  3. Pour into glass and sip happily known you are nourishing your body!
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