Vitamin C Green Smoothie

by Maggie on February 13, 2012

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We love our morning smoothies. My kids don’t drink one every day, but Pete and I do. We’ve recently gotten my parents hooked too. And my sister!  Who’s next?

Green smoothies rock for so many reasons:

1. You can literally feel your cells lighting up moments after drinking your green smoothie.
2. It’s such a great way to get a salad in you before noon.
3. You can load up your blender with super foods.
4. They’re tasty and you can change them up every time you make them.
5. Smoothies are easy to take on the go.
6. It’s not a heavy breakfast so you won’t start your day feeling tired and sluggish.
7. You won’t miss your sugary morning juice when you have a smoothie.
8. It’s a great way to show your body how much you love it.

We’ve been adding greens to our smoothies for over a year now.  It’s such a great start to the day.

I generally drink my smoothie on an empty stomach when I wake up, and then I have a mid-morning snack around 10:30am or so.

Recently I’ve been buying organic oranges at our local grocery store. One day I decided to throw an entire orange into the blender with the rest of our smoothie ingredients. Voila, this recipe was born.

As a former orange juice addict, I knew I had to share it with you. The juice in our grocery stores (even the good organic stuff) has lost most of the nutrients, and has added sugar. Weaning yourself off juice is a great way to start limiting your sugar intake. This smoothie will come in handy since it tastes like you’ve used orange juice.

Oh and if you feel a cold coming on, make yourself one of these as soon as possible. It’s loaded with vitamin c (thanks to the orange and the goji berries).

Vitamin C Smoothie

Take a look at this list of ingredients.  Imagine the health benefits! 

2 cups water (use apple cider if you’re new to green smoothies)
¼ cup goji berries
1 small orange chopped into chunks (chop the ends off but leave the peel on)
½ cup of frozen blueberries
1/4-1/2 banana chopped into chunks (frozen is fine)
½ cup frozen mango
2 cups greens (I like baby spinach, kale or romaine)
1 tbsp ground chia
1 tsp spirulina

Add water to blender or immersion blender container. Add goji berries and let sit for a couple of minutes while you compile the rest of your ingredients. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you may want to let the goji berries soak for a little longer.

Add orange, blueberries, banana, mango, greens, chia and spirulina. Blend until well combined.

I also like to add in 1 tsp of gelatinized maca powder. It’s great for workout recovery and energy, it improves libido, and it has been linked to fertility.

Yield: 2 adult-sized green smoothies & 2 preschooler-sized smoothies

If you’re a green smoothie beginner you might want to read this post first.

You’ll need to listen to this song while you’re making your morning smoothies.

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