I’m all about green smoothies, but it is refeshing to guzzle down a different color once in a while. We are trying to go to Costco less often, which is where I buy our green smoothie greens. When you’re out of leafy greens (or not!), this vibrant veggie smoothie is a tasty choice in the interim. Creativity sure blossoms when resources are limited! You can make this strictly with freezer ingredients + water. With grocery options more limited, aren’t we all eating out of our freezers a bit more than usual?
If you don’t love ginger, either omit it or use a small amount so the taste will be masked. I personally love fresh ginger and buy a big piece of it every week now. I remember when I used to write it on my grocery list on rare occasions when a recipe called for it. Now, I just know to buy it every shopping trip, automatically. We use it in smoothies every day, grated in stir fries, curries, or herbal tea. It’s anti-inflammatory and has lots of antioxidants, among many other health benefits!
This smoothie also has an entire carrot, orange, and some mango, all high in betacarotene which is converted to vitamin A. Every ingredient is an immunity-booster, since all whole plant foods have micronutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals! And it’s DELICIOUS.
But orange smoothies aside, how are you doing?
Part of me wants to ignore what’s going on globally with COVID-19, and keep my blog and kitchen naively humming along with fun recipes. The other part of me is aching about all the suffering felt around the world. The worry. The lost jobs. The lonliness. The small business owners. The lack of freedom to leave your home. The hunger. The disappointment of cancellations. The pent-up children and exasperated moms. The sick. The grieving. The healthcare workers. The anxiety of not knowing when it all will end, or even lessen. The yearning for normal life–the life we all took for granted a month ago.
So, how are you? Please leave a comment or hit reply on your email and let me know. What’s hard? What’s helping? What’s a positive thing that’s arisen through this challenge? Vent to me, really! I’d love to hear from you.
Food is grounding. It’s very present and helps us focus on right now, not the unknown tomorrow. I hope you have access to some fresh or frozen ingredients and you can make this refreshing, bright smoothie to lighten your day, nourish your body and calm your mind.
Refreshing, creamy, vibrant and made of pure fruits and veggies!
- 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 whole orange, peeled (or a scoop of orange juice concentrate)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks
- 1 thumb-size piece of ginger root
- 1 cup water
Blend all together until smooth and creamy.