We officially hit summer here. And by that, I mean it is HOT! Thankfully, a couple splash pads and our HOA pool have opened. But I still feel hot most of the day. I try to exercise first thing in the morning. First, it just gets it out of the way and starts my day off with accomplishing something. Second, workout endorphins can’t be beat to get your moving through the day. Third, at least it is the coolest part of the day. But after I workout, I’m still hot and struggle to cool down.
Enter smoothies for breakfast. After a good workout, it is so refreshing to get a nice cold drink. Water on an empty stomach isn’t my favorite. I love to make a big glass of a cold, filling smoothie. This orange power smoothie is so colorful and mild tasting, it’ll be a hit with your kiddos too. Enjoy!
Orange Power Smoothie (Serves about 2)
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 ½ cups ice cubes
½-1 cup water (as needed)
2 cups frozen mango pieces
1 banana, peeled
½ cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon grated ginger (can use ground ginger)
1. In blender, process carrots, ice, and ½ cup of water on high until mostly smooth (this could take a couple minutes). Scrape down the sides of blender.
2. Add remaining ingredients to blender. Continue to process on high until smooth, adding more water as needed to obtain desired consistency. Serve cold.
Nutritional Information (amount per serving):
Protein: 12 g
Fat: 1 g
Saturated fat: less than 1 g
Cholesterol: 4 mg
Carbohydrates: 59 g
Fiber: 7 g
Sodium: 96 mg
Recipe notes: You may need to adjust the honey if it isn't sweet enough for you. Also be sure to use a different sweetener if feeding this to a child under 1.
Source: slightly adapted from America's Test Kitchen