I don’t know if you noticed, but it’s flu season. Gratefully, it hasn’t come around to me yet, but a lot of my friends and family seem to be getting struck by it the last few weeks! No fun for anyone.
Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do. Colds and flus seem to strike out of nowhere, and you just deal with it and move on.
However, I think that getting lots of rest, healthy food and vitamin C can help keep you a little less susceptible to all those bugs going around.
You know about my green smoothie obsession! So far it’s still going strong.
Curious about how this habit might be affecting me in a positive way, I did a little research on spinach, and I was happy to find that along with a bunch of other vitamins, minerals, and good-for-you compounds, spinach is actually a good source of Vitamin C!
It made me think about how maybe these daily green smoothies are giving me a bit of an edge on flu season, and maybe I should add some citrus to get even more benefit!
Of course, maybe I’m just not getting sick because I spend the majority of my time inside, on the computer, staring at pictures of cake…
This smoothie takes barely any time to make, and the ingredients hardly even need any prep. Pretty much all you need to do is peel the oranges and add everything to the blender.
I talked about this in my Chocolate Cinnamon Smoothie Bowl post, but it’s easiest if you add the heaviest things last. This will give your blender a little help, because gravity will be pulling the ingredients toward the blades for you 🙂
Sometimes this can make a big difference, especially if you don’t have a high powered blender.
Shredded coconut is one of my new favorite ingredients for smoothies. Just how chia seeds add a bit of crunch and texture, coconut doesn’t get completely blended up. It just get chopped into fine pieces which are fun to chew on while you drink your smoothie.
By the way, I know I keep talking about how this can help your immune system, but it actually tastes SO GOOD! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever combined coconut and orange flavor before. It’s lovely. They are very contrasting flavors. Orange is bracingly sweet, and coconut is smooth and creamy. Drinking it vaguely gave me visions of a 50/50 bar.
Please make this and become a green smoothie addict. Do this so I won’t be alone, and we can talk about all the tasty things we put in our green smoothies, and how much we love them.
- 2 cup spinach, lightly packed
- ¼ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup yogurt (I used whole goat milk yogurt. Use any type of plain yogurt you like)
- 1 medium orange OR 2-3 tangerines, peeled and pulled into 2 or 3 sections
- ½ cup milk (I used almond milk, but again, use whatever you like)
- Add to a blender, spinach, banana, coconut, yogurt, orange and milk in that order.
- Start blender on low power, and slowly increase it until ingredients are smooth and creamy.
- If it’s too thick, you can add a little bit more milk or water to thin it out.
- Pour into a large glass or two medium glasses to serve..