I love when fresh citrus fruits are shipped in from the south during the winter. Bright oranges, vibrant lemons, bulging grapefruits, and fluorescent limes bring a pop of flavor to the plain winter hues.
Did I mention the outrageous benefits of citrus fruits? Citrus fruits are packed with many vitamins and minerals, but especially with Vitamin C. And the frigid weather is a breeding ground for germs like the flu and strep throat, so Vitamin C is a superhero that helps strengthen your immune system. In fact, you get a day’s worth of Vitamin C by eating just one orange!
Plus, one orange includes around 4 grams of fiber. Add another 3 grams of fiber from the flax seeds, and you’ve accrued 7 of the 14 grams of the recommended daily fiber intake by enjoying this creamy orange smoothie.
Truthfully, it will probably take you just as long to peel the orange as it will to assemble the rest of the ingredients into the blender. Fast, easy, and tasty–what could be better?
Using the measurements on the side of your blender cup, add 1 cup of milk or orange juice and 1 cup of ice cubes. Then toss in the peeled and de-seeded orange, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, and ½ cup yogurt or kefir.
Blend on high for one minute, then take a sip and imagine that you are on a sunny beach somewhere farther south, away from the cold weather and the winter germs.
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 banana
- ½ cup yogurt or kefir
- 1 large orange, peeled (about 1 cup)
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed
- 1 cup milk or orange juice
- Add all ingredients to the blender.
- Blend on high for 1 minute until blended.
- Enjoy immediately.
You can use any variety of orange, as long as it is peeled and de-seeded.
Add orange zest for a more potent flavor.
Add 1 tsp of vanilla or honey for more depth of flavors.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 571Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 687mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 6gSugar: 55gProtein: 30g