Cherry blossoms, green sprouts and warmer temperatures abound here in Victoria, making it clear to me that we are moving out of the rainy season and into spring! The recent shift in weather has led to a shift in our eating patterns. I like to try and follow the seasons (guided by fresh local produce availability) and chose to embrace the new lightness we are all feeling with a creamy and delicious citrus smoothie.
Over the last few weeks we have ordered a mixed fruit box from Spud.ca along with our food order, and this week's selection came with a lot of delicious organic oranges. They are a big hit with my kids, they happily eat them raw, and we also mix things up by creating sparkling orange juice (thank you glass bottled Soda Stream!) and other delicious concoctions. One of these creations just happened to be the Vanilla Citrus Explosion smoothie we thoroughly enjoyed this morning.
I absolutely LOVE smoothies, because they facilitate the intake of high levels of nutrient dense foods in a small and easily consumable format. My kids are still in what I like to call a "selective phase", which makes smoothies especially appealing as I can be sure to have the majority of their nutrient bases covered in one go, just in case a usual favourites don't fly later on in the day.
I have included a bunch of protein and fibre rich superstars, including ground flax, sesame, sunflower and hemp seeds. I paired this with Vitamin C rich goji berries, camu camu & acerola cherry powders and fresh squeezed organic orange juice. I rounded this off with a bit of Vitamineral Green powder, as citrus and green leafy veg work brilliantly together to maximize nutrient absorption. The final touches were some antimicrobial and enzyme rich raw honey and some gorgeous vanilla bean powder. The tangy citrusy deliciousness could have included a creamsicle tag, however I have a sneaky suspicion that's been done before, and besides, how often do you get to use the word "explosion" in a good context?
Vanilla Citrus Explosion Smoothie
3 cups filtered water
4 oranges, juiced (makes about 3/4 cup)
2 tbsp goji berries
2 tbsp fresh ground flax seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp camu camu powder
1 tsp acerola cherry powder
1 tsp vanilla bean powder
2 tsp Vitamineral Green powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut manna
2 tbsp Honey (or whole food sweetener of choice)
5 drops tangerine essential oil (optional)
Combine ingredients in a high speed blender and process until smooth.