This bright, vibrant Revitalize Green Citrus Smoothie is packed with good-for-you ingredients, yet tastes like a treat. Whip up a batch and start your morning refreshed and revitalized!
When I first shifting my diet to focus on eating real foods and incorporating as many plants as possible, I started including green smoothies into my morning routine for several reasons. First, they're super simple to make: just throw everything into a blender, whir together and serve. Many morning that's about all I can handle, so having a no-brainer option is essential.
Second, they are the easiest way I know to get a serving or two of greens before the day even begins. Particularly if you (or someone in your family) is resistant to veggies, blending greens together into a creamy, sweet treat is an easy and delicious way to get a serving or two of greens.
Third, you can pour a giant smoothie into a mason jar, throw on a lid and a straw, and have breakfast on the go for super busy mornings. Plus, if there's extra the second half can serve as a snack later in the day.
Finally, there's something about starting the day with a giant glass of fruits and veggies that just sets the tone. No matter what happens the rest of the day, you know you started out on the right foot.
For me, depending on the day, a smoothie may or may not be enough to keep me going until lunch. I always include fiber, healthy fat, and protein in my smoothies, which definitely helps. If the smoothie's not cutting, though, I'll add a hard boiled egg to eat on the side, which is easy to grab and go in the morning.
This Revitalize Green Citrus Smoothie is my favorite green smoothie as of late, particularly because it reminds me a little of the mall Orange Julius' my dad used to splurge on for me and my sisters as a special treat (man, did I love those things!). Little mandarin oranges pack a ton of flavor here and are easy to peel, especially first thing in the morning, but any orange will work. Feel free to play around with the ratios until you find your perfect version.
RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS
1 | Start with less spinach (about 1/2 cup) and build to 2 cups over time.
2 | Add 1-2 pitted madjool dates or 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup for added sweetness.
3 | If you don't care for bananas feel free to omit them and add 2 additional mandarin oranges and extra ice.
4 | 1-2 large navel oranges will work in place of mandarins if that's what you have on hand.
THIS RECIPE IS . . .
Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo-Friendly, Nut-Free and Refined Sugar-Free
Revitalize Green Citrus Smoothie
1 banana, peeled (preferably frozen)
3 mandarin oranges, peeled
2 cups baby spinach (about 2 big handfuls)
¼ cup full-fat coconut milk (from a can)
1 ½ cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (e.g., Super-Fast Cashew Milk, almond milk, rice milk)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup ice (optional)
1. Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until well combined. For a thinner consistency add additional milk.
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