Today I’m going to be sharing a healthy green smoothie recipe that’s a little bit more orange than green — but that doesn’t make it any less healthy! This “more orange than green” smoothie recipe is great for anyone who doesn’t particularly like to eat their green veggies. The taste of spinach can easily be masked by the taste of orange and banana when making this smoothie. It’s also incredibly high in vitamin C which helps to give your immune system a boost and keep you healthy. Better yet, this recipe is also super easy to make, requiring only a few healthy ingredients and just a few minutes of your time. Getting your greens in has never tasted as good as this!
All the Health Benefits of Greens In An Orange Smoothie
This smoothie is made with only one large orange that has been peeled and chopped. While one orange may not seem like a lot in a smoothie that claims to be more orange than green, trust me when I say that a single orange is more than enough. It provides a solid amount of vitamins and minerals, including folate, thiamin, potassium, and of course, vitamin C. Everyone knows that vitamin C is good for you and helps to boost your immune system, but few know just how beneficial this antioxidant (vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid) actually is. Making sure that you include foods high in vitamin C is a great way to potentially help prevent many types of diseases from developing. (1)
You’ll also be slicing up a frozen banana for use in this recipe, which helps to add even more great nutrients to the smoothie. Bananas are a great source of B-complex vitamins, fiber, and potassium. They’re also an incredibly rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants that help to protect the body against oxidative stress. Bananas have also been used effectively in the past to help treat and reduce the risk of certain chronic degenerative disorders. (2) They’re definitely one of my favorite fruits to eat, and they go perfectly in all kinds of different smoothie recipes.
The green aspect of this recipe is provided by adding in two cups of fresh spinach (or alternatively ½ cup of frozen spinach). Leafy green veggies like spinach are incredibly popular for a good reason — they’re absolutely jam packed full of essential nutrients. Spinach is a great source of vitamins A, B2, C, and K, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, and calcium. It also contains potent antioxidant activity that give it it’s anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, and other great health promoting properties. (3)
If the orange and banana weren’t enough to mask the taste of spinach, you’ll also be adding in a couple of fresh dates. They’re a terrific natural sweetening option, and in spite of their rather high sugar content, recent research has found dates to be highly nutritious with several potential health benefits. (4) After adding in one or two dates, simply mix in one cup of water and some ice to finish the smoothie off before blending.
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More Orange Than Green Smoothie (High in Vitamin C)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1 cup water
1 large orange, peeled and chopped
1 medium ripe banana, sliced and frozen
2 cups fresh spinach (or ½ cup frozen spinach)
1 to 2 pitted fresh dates
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.