Are you familiar with those cartons of Halos mandarin oranges that appear in grocery stores this time of year? The fruits are seedless and easy to peel and I love the taste. Unfortunately, I’m the only one in my house who eats them and since these things come in large packages, it can be a challenge to finish them before they go bad. But I’ve found a great use for these sweet little fruits in this Orange Breakfast Green Smoothie recipe.
This smoothie is high in potassium and vitamins A, B6, C and E. It also contains calcium, copper, folate and zinc. The taste? It’s sweet, creamy and orangey. Yes, it’s green, but the fruits definitely mask any green taste.
I’m not a fan of grapefruit, which is one of the ingredients in this recipe. But the grapefruit taste is not evident; it just adds a little extra citrusy kick. I actually used a fruit cup of grapefruit (drained) rather than fresh and I used a frozen banana. You can certainly use fresh if you have it.
One handful of Swiss chard (you could also use baby spinach)
3-4 seedless mandarin oranges, peeled, or one large orange, peeled and seeded
1/2 grapefruit without seeds and peel
1 banana, fresh or frozen
1 TBSP vanilla protein powder
1-2 cups of water
Add the Swiss chard, oranges, grapefruit, avocado, banana and protein powder to a high-speed blender. Top with ice cubes and add water. Blend for 30 seconds or until you reach the consistency you desire.