So, if you follow my twitter account you would know that I recently got back from a trip to Hong Kong. It was awesome! We had so much fun on all our little adventures. And I was inspired to come up with so many new recipes that I just cannot wait to share with you all! You'll just have to wait for a few of them to come out in the cookbook, though... ;) Anyway, so when we finally got off the plane in China, I was dying for a smoothie for some reason. And, wouldn't you know, there was a smoothie bar right outside of customs. Jackpot! I ordered this smoothie that absolutely hit the spot and I just had to share my own recipe with you! You can whip it up in a flash, no freezing ingredients beforehand... AND you only need a blender. No juicer required! This smoothie is so jam-packed with refreshing flavor that you are going to want one every morning. Forget coffee, this is the best part of waking up! Plus, if you're having a brunch get-together, you could totally make these with some champagne for mimosas with a twist. But, I haven't personally tried it yet... If you do, let me know how it goes! :)
(makes 3 smoothies, 5 min prep)
Ingredients: 4 oranges, 2 carrots, 1/2 golden beet, and 2 tablespoons fresh ginger.
- Peel 4 oranges and place them in the blender on high until smooth.
- Chop up 2 carrots, 1/2 of a golden beet, and 2 tablespoons fresh ginger. Add them in and blend again on high until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
Studies have shown that consuming vitamin C supplements does not provide the same protective benefits as drinking a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. While the multitude of health benefits of vitamin C has been associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer. Carrots as well have been shown to have small but significant effects on colon cancer while beets are currently being studied for their effects on colon, stomach, nerve, lung, breast, prostate and testicular cancers. There is already significant research to support ginger having great protective effects against colorectal cancer while it actually causes the death of ovarian cancer cells. Ginger also has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which can help people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility. Ginger has also been found to have significant anti-vomiting action has been shown to be very useful in reducing the nausea and vomiting of morning sickness during pregnancy, even the most severe form, hyperemesis gravidum. Beets are also a significant source of folate, which is critical during pregnancy, and magnesium, which is severely deficient in the typical Western diet.