Oranges are one of the brightest and happiest fruits I know. Their beautiful bright color just makes me smile! They have been a favorite fruit of many throughout history. In the medieval times, oranges and their blossoms were used on a couple’s wedding day to help celebrate the occasion. Oranges were presented as gifts to Queen Victoria during Christmas time. A variety of oranges exist including Valencia, Navel, Jaffa, and Blood Oranges. Perfect as a snack, juice, or used in a recipe, oranges are a fabulous fruit. Oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain the health of cells by protecting them from damage caused by free radicals. They also have a concentrated source of many heart-healthy nutrients including fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and flavonoids. Oranges contain limonoids which are phytochemicals that can have therapeutic effects such as antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antieoplastic, and antimalarial. In lab tests, limonoids have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon. In addition to these health promoting properties, oranges are a good source of vitamin A, calcium, and vitamin B1.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Studies have shown that oranges can lower high blood pressure as well as cholesterol.
– The pulp from oranges is very beneficial to your health. A lot of the healthy compounds like the limonoids are found in the white pulp of the orange. Consider juicing the entire orange, skin, pulp and all!
Do you have a picky eater in your family? Do you have a major sweet tooth? This is the smoothie for you! It tastes more like a milkshake than a healthy beverage, which makes it the perfect alternative to a sweet dessert or a sugary soda. This smoothie is loaded with nutrients that promote optimal health. The bananas give this smoothie a nice boost of B vitamins and potassium. The orange is an excellent source of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain the health of cells by protecting them from damage caused by free radicals. I’ve added raw cacao powder from Navitas Naturals to this smoothie for a sweeter taste and a great dose of flavanols, magnesium, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. You can also include a pinch of cinnamon to taste if you wish. Give this smoothie a try today!
Banana Cacao Orange Smoothie
- 1 orange
- 1 banana
- 1 C vanilla almond milk (I recently tried the new Almond Milk from So Delicious and it tastes fabulous with this recipe)
- 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed (try Forti-flaxfrom Barlean’s Organic Oils)
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- A pinch of cinnamon
Peel the orange and banana. Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!