Light and fresh, this fruity smoothie is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. Only 4 easy ingredients, this nutrient dense drink is a great start to the new year!
I don’t know about you, but the last week or so has definitely been full of higher fat, higher sugar, and above all else, higher sodium foods. So many gorgeous and delicious foods surround me, and yes, I definitely indulged a bit…. Who can resist? But after all the rich eating, I’m starting to feel kind of blah. I think my body is craving….. Correction… My body NEEDS some fresh, bright, juicy, vitamin packed goodness. Enter my Strawberry Orange Ginger Smoothie. There are so many wonderful things happening in this drink. So much so, that I’m gonna go all food nerd on you and break it down.
1) Strawberries. These red beauties are not only a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, but they are also high in flavonoids (a natural anti inflammatory) and antioxidants. Make sure you use frozen berries, giving this smoothie an almost slushie like consistency.
2) Navel oranges. Almost everyone knows that oranges are a great source of vitamin C. But did you know that they are also high in vitamin B and folate as well as having 60 different kinds of flavonoids in them. It’s crazy how one simple, fiber packed orange can deliver such an amazing dose of goodness for your body.
3) Ginger. Fresh ginger can be quite strong, so start with a 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root (so it’s not overpowering) but please don’t skip it entirely. Ginger has a list a mile long of health benefits but let me highlight just a few of my favorites. Ginger is well known for helping with nausea as well as soothing upset tummies. I have found this to be true not only throughout my past and current pregnancy but also whenever I have overindulged in rich food and am paying for it the next day. I call it a food hangover. :/ So yes, ginger most definitely aids in digestion and has wonderful anti nausea benefits. It’s also another great source of antioxidants and anti inflammatories. Ginger has been proven to reduce menstrual cramps as well as help fight infections. I mean seriously, what can’t this simple, little root not do?
4) Yogurt. I used plain, nonfat yogurt but feel free to use what you have on hand. Yogurt is of course a fabulous source of calcium and protein but it’s also a great place to get all those tummy loving probiotics that I’m sure you’ve heard so much about. Probiotics help digest and move your food along. They can also help if you find yourself gassy or cramping up a lot. Definitely don’t skip the yogurt in this smoothie; it not only helps keep the consistency nice and creamy but the protein will help keep you fuller, longer.
So there you go. Far, far, far more information than you probably needed to know about your smoothie 😉 This is a recipe for only 1 smoothie but it’s ridiculously easy to double or triple if more family members want to join in the healthy deliciousness. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and here’s to a beautiful, healthy new year. Cheers.
Strawberry Orange Ginger Smoothie
Yield: 1 smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
1 whole navel orange, peeled
1 heaping cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 teaspoon ginger root, grated
Optional: stevia to taste
Using a handheld blender (immersion blender) or a standard table top blender, blend orange, strawberries, and yogurt until smooth.
Add ginger and stevia (if using) and blend well.
Serve immediately in a chilled glass. Enjoy.
Nutrition Facts Servings 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 182 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 3mg Sodium 76mg Potassium 752mg Total Carbohydrate 41g Dietary Fiber 7g Sugars 27g Protein 7g