Most people know that oranges are high in vitamin C (116% of the daily recommended amount). It is this high concentration of vitamin C that gives oranges their reputation for fighting off cold and flu viruses. Did you know that oranges also contain vitamins A and B1, potassium, folate, calcium and dietary fiber? They have been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and also have anti-inflammatory properties. Diets high in citrus fruits, such as oranges, have been shown to lower the risk of esophageal, oral and stomach cancers.
I love oranges and as you can see by the picture, so does little E. We especially enjoy the Texas grown ones that all three of us have been stuffing our faces with recently. They just taste so good. I have been in the kitchen creating different smoothies this past week, with oranges being the main feature, and, so far, this particular smoothie has been my favorite. Therefore, I knew I had to share this tasty drink! Please do not get put off by the color. It is the spinach’s fault that it looks not so colorful.
Orange Strawberry Smoothie Delight
- 1 large orange, peeled and chopped
- 5 frozen strawberries
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 3-4 drops of stevia
- 1/2 cup of water
- Optional- orange extract
The orange extract gives it more of an orange punch, but it tastes good with or without it.
- Throw everything in the blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
Enjoy this sweet and delicious drink. It will most definitely add some spunk to your step.