Happy New Year everyone! I cannot believe it’s already 2016! This year absolutely flew by. I can’t tell you how many times I have made a list of new habits I would like to adopt each New Year, but lo and behold I usually abandon them quite quickly. I would typically start out strong for the first few days, then by the end of the second week I was back to my old habits. So this year I am taking a different approach and clinging tightly to the saying “everything in moderation.” After many failed attempts of trying to change habits cold turkey, I am instead making small changes consistently. One habit I am currently trying to break is that of skipping breakfast. Sometimes I only have a few minutes before I’m out the door, so I figured having a few smoothie recipes on hand like this one would help me change my ways.
What I love about this smoothie is that it’s packed with so many vitamins, and that extra kick of ginger is just what I need in the morning. Plus, the vanilla cashew milk gives this drink a lovely creaminess that brings all the flavors together. The great thing about smoothies is that they are so flexible, and seriously only take a few minutes make. I usually toss in a bunch of stuff into my blender and adjust as I go. Make sure to blend your smoothie long enough, because the key to a great smoothie is to thoroughly blend the heck out of it. This will ensure a smooth and creamy glass of bliss.
Citrus Revival Smoothie
Inspired by Dolly & Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew milk
1 Blood Orange, peeled and seeds removed
1 Cara Cara Orange, peeled and seeds removed
1 Carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 Banana, frozen
1/4 Teaspoon Grated Ginger, or more to taste
1 Teaspoon Maple Syrup, or Honey, adding more to taste
1/4 Teaspoons Chia Seeds, plus extra for garnish
Equipment: Blender, microplane zester
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste smoothie and add more grated ginger or sweetener to taste. Serve immediately and garnish with extra chia seeds. *Note: I like to grate my ginger first to make sure it gets properly blended. If you can't grate your ginger, add in a very small slice, blend, and add more to taste.