Ssshhh!This smoothie is secretly healthy.
I know. Hard to believe, but it has 60% of the daily requirement for Vitamin A and over 260% of the the daily requirement for Vitamin C. It also has 7 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, is high in manganese, and has 13% of the daily requirement for iron (I'm sure you could up the iron by adding more spinach, but I wanted my smoothie to be kind of pretty for the photo shoot ;) ). Woah, that's a seriously healthy smoothie.
Plus, it has coconut oil in it. Making this smoothie slightly creamy, rich, and full of intestinal-healing properties. A toast to the awesome-ness of coconut! I'm trying to put coconut in everything because it's just so good for you!
The only downside to this smoothie is that it has quite a bit of sugar/carbs in it. You can easily fix that by substituting water for the coconut water or maybe even try replacing the juice with yogurt or milk (I would use unsweetened almond or coconut). I bet it would still taste delicious, but the orange juice gives the smoothie an extra boost of Vitamin C. And we all need extra Vitamin C right now with the flu and whatnot.
Even thought it may be rainy or cold where you live, I urge you to give this smoothie a try! Then maybe cuddle up in front of a fire or Costco heating dish. ;)
1/2 c. orange juice (I used orange peach mango from Trader Joe's)
1/2 c. coconut water, water, or more juice
1/2 frozen banana
4 large frozen strawberries
1/4 c. frozen pineapple
1/2 c. mixed frozen berries
1-2 c. spinach
1 T. coconut oil
2 T. flaxseed
honey or other sweetener to taste
a few baby carrots (optional)
1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender. TIP: Put your liquid ingredients in first. It's easier on the blender.
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Inquiry of the Day:
Has the flu hit you yet?
It hasn't gotten to me yet! I'm constantly washing my hands, taking Vitamin D, eating lots of Vitamin C, and taking probiotics. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that that's enough! Though I think flu season has reached it's peak and will start to settle down now. At least, I hope so.
By the way, you can check me out on Pinterest now. :)