Orange Ginger Sunrise Smoothie
Ooooooh I'm so excited! We just invested in a new Vitamix here at the PUL headquarters and I've been whipping up smoothie recipes nearly daily - even though we're approaching freezing temperatures here in the Netherlands, I just can't get enough! I used to own a Vitamix when I was living in Canada, but sadly could not bring it with me because of the voltage differences; I used that device daily and I swear by it. When our affordable (aka. super cheap and useless) blender broke down a couple weeks ago, I decided it would be a good idea to gift the machine to myself, and let me say this: it's been feeling a lot like Christmas round here lately :)
It might be easy to habitually create the same default smoothies every time using the same ingredients; I know this is something I'm guilty of sometimes. For me, trying something new involved creating a smoothie without the use of bananas (gasp!) I know. But chances are, we can get too comfortable creating the same ol' smoothies. So, I encourage myself to explore new recipes, experimenting with different ingredients and discovering unique flavour combinations. Do you try doing the same as well?
As I mentioned, I rarely omit bananas from a smoothie recipe since they contribute to the signature thickness of a smoothie and add natural sweetness, but this recipe includes two ingredients that achieve the same effect. So if you have an allergy, dislike bananas, or are just looking for a change, take note: 1. Plant-based yogurt: This adds richness to the texture, and is also a great ingredient to add to #vegan milkshakes. You can use coconut, almond, soy yogurts - or any others you find at your local supermarkets. 2. Frozen fruit: Frozen fruits are a fantastic way to thicken your smoothies up, add sweetness, and keep them nice and cold without watering them down with ice cubes. Talk about versatility!
Frozen vs. Fresh: Wondering about the quality of frozen fruits and vegetables? Fresh produce is picked before peak ripeness & ripened during transportation. Frozen produce are picked and frozen right at peak ripeness when they are the most nutritious. Freezing does not result in significant loss of nutrients and can actually be an affordable way to consume fruits and vegetables since it lowers food wastage and can be consumed year round.
Orange Ginger Sunrise Smoothie
▸ ▹ Vegan, raw, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free
Yield: 2 servings Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 5 min
2 small mandarin oranges, or 1 medium orange
2-3 cm chunk of peeled fresh ginger
1 medium carrot
1/2 cup (115g) frozen raspberries
3/4 cup (180g) frozen mangos
1/2 cup (125ml) unsweetened plant-based yogurt (I used soy)
3/4 cup (180ml) unsweetened plant-based milk
2 Tbsp (30g) hemp seeds
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy.
Variations: add frozen banana, pineapple chunks, or coconut milk to give this a different twist.
Storage: best if enjoyed immediately.
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