Mornings- you either love them or hate ’em. For those dreading waking up, let’s make this Easy Vegan Orange Ginger Smoothie your new reason to pry yourself from bed. I’m definitely not a morning person.. Especially when my stomach is being a sensitive biotch.. What’s a boy to do?
Introducing: a dreamy, creamy, ginger-y smoothie to rule your morning!
(Scroll down for Berry Kale Smoothie)
I’m sure by now you’ve heard: Buying Local is Better. Lower emissions, higher nutrient count, and helping to stimulate the local economy.. I just don’t understand! What keeps people buying shitty produce from huge, overpriced grocery store chains? Even “Natural” and Organic grocers ship a majority of their produce in from across the globe! Think that’s fresh?
The average apple at a grocery store is 14-months old.
Most produce at a Farmer’s Market has been harvested within the last 24-48 hours.
When I brainstorm new recipes to try, the first thing I look at is what produce is in season. Aside from testing me with ever-changing ingredients, buying in-season also happens to be cheaper, easier on the environment, and healthier for us!
Grapefruits are in season now and they look amazing. Even better, they were on a great sale! I ended up buying a four pound bag, reminiscing of the delicious taste.. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that the happy memories were completely made-up. The first bite reminded me how much I reaaally don’t like the fruit. Oh no!!
Determined, I tried broiling grapefruit with a cinnamon-sugar topping. People keep claiming it “reduces the tartness”, yeah right! It was basically just extremely hot (just as bitter) grapefruit.
And thus, the Tangy Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe was born!
Even though it’s only February, it has already been in the upper 80ºs here in Arizona, perfect smoothie weather! I love using smoothies as a way to sneak healthy, (semi-unappetizing) food into my diet! Whether it’s Kale, Beets, Spinach… or even Grapefruit.
Speaking of, everyone here seems to be getting this weird “end-of-season” cold/flu thing, so I am loving the impressive nutritional profile. One medium Grapefruit alone provides more than 100% of your daily Vitamin C! I was amazed to find how delicious the grapefruit becomes when paired deliciously in a smoothie. When naturally sweetened with organic frozen fruit (never sugar in a smoothie!), the bitterness becomes more of a slight tang! This tasty grapefruit smoothie is absolutely irresistible way to kick off smoothie season!
- No matter what kind of smoothie, always include an omega source, greens, healthy fats, and a protein source (isolated, or whole-food)
- Place the greens on the bottom of the blender to ensure smoothness
- I prefer to use frozen produce, as it eliminates the need for ice. (Contrary to popular belief, freezing produce actually preserves nutrients, rather than deteriorating during shipping and aging.)
- You can save your fresh greens from spoiling by freezing! Simply wash, tear into large chunks, and freeze (storing in a ziplock). These pre-frozen bits are just as good as the fresh variety!