Once again I would like to share an interesting energetic recipe mushed in a delicious orange juice smoothie. I like having this mix especially Monday morning to jump-start my senses and get me going in face of the upcoming week.
While preparing to write down this recipe and share it with you, I remembered an interesting decoration. This is something I used to do when I was younger, mostly for fun. Nonetheless, it is a great way to cool down the smoothie and provide some funny aftertaste.
So, let’s begin. First, we will need to get the decoration ready as it will have to wait until the end of the recipe. For that, we need a couple of lemons and an ice tray. The amount depends on your personal preference. Start squeezing the lemon juice out and fill the ice trays until you fill as many cubes as you need. Once you fill the desired number of cubes, let the tray wait its turn – and solidify – in the freezer.
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Protip: Mix in a little water in the lemon-filled cubes if you want to soften the acidic taste.
Now, once the decoration is in place and waiting its time to shine, let’s get to work! We need to prepare the base for today’s orange juice smoothie. For this, I will use regular whole milk as to me, it is the best type to combine with the honey and the flaxseed. However, feel free to use your preferred, or available one.
I fell in love with whole milk as a kid, spending a lot of time in the countryside, on my grandparents’ farm. It supports bone mass, and with that strong bones and muscles alike. It is also a great source of energy which is exactly what we need for today.
Mix 1/3 cup of milk with 2 tablespoons of honey. Honey is also one of the most popular smoothie ingredients in my cookbook. It is a natural power bank, storing energy to be available for the body to use. It is also very powerful oral health promoter, covering the mouth and throat with a protective layer that serves as a protection.
Fun fact: Did you know that, when stored in the right conditions, honey never goes bad? It never spoils!
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Blend it thoroughly and add 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to this mix. Flaxseed is a highly beneficial ingredient that is recommended for consumption even for newborns. This is due to its contents of Alpha-Linolenic Acid which promotes regular brain development in infants. Flaxseed also promotes bone health, cardiovascular health and bears a potential anti-cancer effect. And finally, flaxseed fights constipation and improves bowel processes, and it contains less so-called antinutrients than soybean!
Moving on to the basic ingredient in this recipe. We will need two oranges, squeezed. The energetic and nutrition value of the oranges always feels right combined with the milk and honey. It’s one awesome power-pack. The oranges are packed with vitamin C and with flu-fighting agents, and they also help regulate the blood pressure. The calcium in oranges assists the blood distribution through the body, positively affecting almost all of the essential bodily functions. Due to its high contents of various B vitamins, oranges can affect the mood in a positive way and increase one’s ability to handle stressful moments.
Fun fact: Oranges are almost never growing in the nature, by themselves. This fruit has been domesticated, so if you see an orange tree, there must be an owner around! 🙂
After all is mixed, proceed by adding 1 fresh, pitted and chopped peach. While peaches are widely known for their rich vitamin C contents, there are a myriad of useful nutrients to be found inside. Peach iron contents helps transport oxygen from the lungs all over the body. They also contain flavonoids which make it a vicious fighter against a multitude of diseases, even announcing potential cancer-prevention benefits.
Speaking of anti-cancer abilities, our final ingredient in today’s orange juice smoothie recipe adds some to the mix as well. We need two fresh and nicely rinsed apricots. Aside of the cancer-fighting properties, one apricot also provides the recommended daily amount of vitamin A. It contains powerful antioxidants and promotes eye health by protecting the eye from the evil UV rays.
That was the last ingredient for this energetic orange juice smoothie recipe. Mush it all until you get the desired consistency, then proceed with the previously prepared decoration.
In the end, we’ll need to take the lemon ice cubes out of the freezer, and just before serving throw them in the glasses. You can also try to dip the lemon cubes in honey right before you put them in the serving glass.
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That was my smoothie of choice for today, I hope you’ll try it and like it. Please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below! If you like it, please share it with your friends! 🙂
The Orange Juice Smoothie Recipe:
- 2 squeezed oranges
- 1/3 cup of whole milk
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tbs ground golden flaxseed
- 1 fresh, pitted peach
- 2 fresh apricots