*I am so excited introduce you all to my friend Holly! She is here to share a healthy smoothie recipe with you today & she knows A LOT about healthy eating, so listen up! 🙂 ~Amber
Hey there Dessert Now, Dinner Later readers!! I’m Holly, and I blog over at Happy Food Healthy Life, where all foods are welcome. Some healthy. Some not so healthy. It’s all about moderation, finding balance, and learning to love all foods without any guilt. When Amber asked me if I wanted to be a part of her Healthy Food, Healthy You theme this month, I had to jump on board. I have been a big fan of Amber’s work for a long time and truly feel honored to be included in her space. After all those holiday treats, I know I’m ready to get on any health-related bandwagon I can find. So let’s get to it.
Smoothies. Smoothies are totally my thing. Ever since I got my Blendtec a few years ago, I have been hooked. I have been whipping up fruity smoothies, green smoothies, dessert smoothies, vegetable juices, and anything else you could imagine. For me, smoothies can be an easy on-the-go meal replacement option, which is super important to me since I’m so busy as a working mom. When creating a smoothie for Healthy Food, Healthy You, I knew I wanted to create something super fresh, just like the new year we just entered. I also wanted to create something that would combat all the apparent illnesses that are going on around me. Colds, flu, sore throats, aches, and pains. They’re everywhere, and I wanted to make something that would just nip it all in the bud and prevent me from getting one single drop of it! So I chose oranges, for a huge dose of immunity-boosting Vitamin C. Ginger to take away those aches, pains, and indigestion. And of course some carrots just for some overall goodness.
I always start my meal-replacement smoothies with the same base of oatmeal, a scoop of protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, Greek yogurt, and water and then add all the additional goodness to the base. Let’s just say that with all these good-for-me smoothies I’ve been drinking, I have yet to get sick despite all the illnesses going on around me. Instead I’m feeling fresh, healthy, and ready to take on the world!
Ginger Orange Smoothie
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup fat free vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1- inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 medium carrot, peeled
- 1 cup water splash of orange juice
- 10-15 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, in the order listed above. Blend on high speed until completely combined. Serve immediately. If you are looking for some of my other favorite smoothies, here are a couple to try.
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