Orange Things Fruit & Vegetable Smoothie

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 20, 2014


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Tired of green smoothies and red smoothies? How about a neon orange smoothie?

This tastes as good as it looks, and once again, if you start your day with some fruits and vegetables, you’re getting a leg up on your nutritional needs.

The trick to making smoothies easily in the morning it to prep a couple of ingredients in a batch on the weekends, and have them to use all week long.

Carrots: If you will be using carrots in your smoothie, it’s best to cook them the night before so they are cooled and ready. I do this simply in the microwave, for 1-2 minutes, until tender.

Chia: I like to add chia seeds to my smoothies for body and nutrition. However, chia are gritty when added that morning. I cover them with substantial water and allow the seeds to soak overnight. The outside of the seed absorbs water and turns gel-like. In the morning, you simply measure a couple of tablespoons of this chia gel into the blender container.

Dates: Unless you have a blender with super powers, such as a Vitamix, your smoothies made in a normal blender will benefit from dates that have been soaked in boiling water. Simply pit some dates, snip them with a kitchen shears, and cover with boiling water in a jar. Allow to sit overnight, then refrigerate for storage. To use, measure a tablespoon or so of this date slop into the blender container. This will sweeten your smoothie without adding refined sugar.

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Recipe: Orange Things Fruit & Vegetable Smoothie

Summary: All things orange and healthy combine for a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free explosion of flavor and neon color. Wake up!

Ingredients

  • 1 Ataulfo mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 orange, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, sliced and cooked
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon soaked Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons soaked chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. The night before: Microcook the carrots for a couple of minutes until tender. Remove, cool and refrigerate. Put 4-5 tablespoons chia seeds in a lidded jar, and cover with water x3. Remove pit and snip 4-5 dates into small pieces with kitchen shears and put into a lidded jar. Cover with boiling water, cover and allow to stand.
  2. In the morning: Add mango, peaches, orange, cooked carrots, banana, coconut water, 1 tablespoon of the soaked dates (there will be some left over for tomorrow’s smoothie!), 2 tablespoons of the soaked chia (there will be some left over for tomorrow’s smoothie!) and vanilla extract in blender container. Put lid on and whirl for 1-2 minutes, until well combined and smooth. Taste and add another tablespoon dates if it isn’t sweet enough for you.Orange Things Fruit & Vegetable Smoothie | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com
  3. Serves 2-3.

Recipe source

Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3 minutes
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 2-3
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★

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