blood orange, carrot and ginger smoothie

A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

I admit I spend quite a bit of time at Whole Foods. It may be a good thing that it's not located near my house but close to work. It works out since I only travel to the office twice a week and therefore have only two opportunities for doing serious food shopping damage. But there's something about that place - the layout, the feeling, it's just different than your typical grocery store. Some would say it's snobby and overpriced and I'm the first to agree but damn it they have those cool salt lamp balls that are heated and...off topic.

A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day
A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

But in all seriousness, it's still winter and my farmer's market is quite sad at the moment so this is the next best thing. Being in the presence of fresh food inspires me since most of the time, I have no idea what my next recipe will be. I plan to a certain extent but I like the thrill of finding an ingredient and letting the natural discovery process unfold. That kind of intuitive shopping feels rewarding and I can't imagine doing things any other way. 

I realize most of the time I look like a crazy person investigating produce, smelling it, hopelessly staring into a blood orange's soul...you know, looks weird as can be from the outside, but perfectly acceptable to me. 

And speaking of blood oranges, as they're in season for only a few short months, I decided to get a few and see what I could make with them. Moro blood oranges evidently are only in season through March so buying them felt all the more special. 

A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

When I cut into the blood orange I was in awe at the surprinsing color. I've seen blood oranges before but these had to be the most beautifully marbled shade of deep red with a few specs of orange peppered throughout. I immediately had to photograph it and since it was 9am and I wasn't quite prepared to whip up any particular dish at that point, I decided to opt for a smoothie. It is a preferred way to get a healthy dose of vitamins in liquid form. My daughter who's a smoothie aficionado, was delighted to try something new. 

If you can't find blood oranges, using a regular orange is perfectly okay, you just won't get that orange creamsicle color but will get all the taste. 

A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

blood orange, carrot and ginger smoothie

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond, cashew or coconut milk
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and chopped 
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 knob grated fresh ginger (about 1")
  • 1 frozen banana 
  • 1 /2 cup pineapple
  • optional: toss in 1/2 apple, peeled and cored
  • optional: 1 scoop collagen

Equipment: 

  • blender

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients and blend for about one minute until everything is fully incorporated. 


basil pineapple ginger smoothie

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I was kind of a late comer to the whole smoothie movement. I found them intimidating. I know, I know, what's there to be intimidated about? You take a bunch of ingredients and put them in a blender and go. But I found the myriad smoothie options bewildering. So many different possibilities. What if I get it wrong? And I don't even own a decent blender. Those were my feelings towards smoothies before January 1st, 2013. 

I was nearly 4 months pregnant. The night before, I'd spend New Year's Eve in the bedroom binge watching Netflix. My husband mid making the newly purchased house livable was busy tearing sheet after sheet of wallpaper off the living room wall. It felt like living in a bit of a war zone and the safest place was as far away from the chaos taking place downstairs. 

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After spending a good 14 weeks of my pregnancy consuming cereal, mozzarella cheese and marshmallow fluff as the only sustainable fuel I could stomach, I felt a returning to myself. I was craving vegetables, fruit. I wanted all of it. Bring on the greens!

While I find new years resolutions to be absurd and most of the time a big fat lie people tell themselves for a temporary respite from their usual behavior, here I was making one. I decided on January 1st, I'd get up and get myself a good blender and would eat more fruits and vegetables in the form of smoothies. I came home with my shiny new machine and about $50 worth of produce. 

I played it safe with the first. Banana - check, spinach - check, blueberries - check, water + ice - check. Two weeks later and I was blending expert. No holds barred. 

As the months wore on and my enthusiasm diminished, I scaled down on the ingredient list I had initially worked up to. Several types of greens, multiple fruit and nuts - it was overkill. So I stuck to some basic recipes I actually enjoyed making with only a few ingredients. I wanted the benefit, liked the taste but didn't want to go broke in the process. 

So here is a recipe that dates back to my smoothie obsession. For it, I use basil, pineapple, ginger, frozen banana, cashew milk, collagen and coconut oil. It's invigorating and fresh and a fantastic way to get your vitamins and fiber.

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basil pineapple ginger smoothie

  • prep time: 5 minutes

  • blending time: 1 minutes

  • makes: 1 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple

  • handful of fresh basil

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1.5 cup cashew milk

  • 1 tbsp collagen (omit if vegan)

Equipment

  • blender

Directions

Blend all ingredients, pour and enjoy. 


This is a refreshing and super speedy basil smoothie you can whip up anytime you want a burst of energy. It's paleo, whole 30 approved with a vegan option. #greensmoothie, #vegan, #whole30, #paleo #calmeats #smoothie #realfood #greendrink #collagen #basismoothie

collagen coconut mango smoothie

I'm a big fan of the combination of turmeric and ginger and use these spices regularly throughout the week. But as soon as I hear my kids sneezing, I know a summer cold is upon us. So I turn to nature's antibiotics. To significantly increase these wonderful spices for maximum benefit, I use them in smoothies.

This smoothie does not disappoint. It's slightly sweet and coconutty and packed full of goodness including gut friendly collagen...because well, gut health! 


collagen coconut mango turmeric smoothie 

  • Prep time: 5 minutes

  • Cooking time: none

  • Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 2 cups unsweetened cashew, almond or coconut milk

  • 1/2 mango roughly chopped

  • handful spinach

  • 1 scoop collagen (1.5 tbsp)

  • 1 teaspoon coconut flakes

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 inch knob of minced ginger (I use a lemon zester)

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)

Equipment:

  • Blender

Directions:

Blend everything but coconut flakes and chia seeds. Pour into glasses and garnish with coconut flakes and chia seeds if so desired. 

 

 

collagen blueberry smoothie

collagen blueberry smoothie

I've discussed collagen and gelatin in previous articles and recipes and will be posting an article relating specifically to collagen shortly. Collagen has made a significant difference in my life since the day I started using it. I can't say enough about it and would encourage everyone to incorporate it in their lives. Thrive Market has a variety of options for different collagen, if you'd like to check it out here

I've also discussed the benefit of blueberries in this page and whether or not you're using fresh or frozen is up to you. The only thing I  recommend is using organic. They really do make a difference in taste. I like frozen since it adds another layer of creaminess to the smoothie. And the other thing I like is just how easy it is to make!

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: none
  • Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 small frozen banana 
  • 1 scoop collagen (1.5 tbsp) 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 2 cups almond, cashew or coconut milk

Equipment

  • blender

Directions

Add berries, almond milk, banana and collagen to blender and bend until smooth and creamy. Pour into bowl or glass and top with chia seeds and coconut flakes.