Ginger Citrus Smoothie

Ginger Citrus Smoothie
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A Ginger Citrus Smoothie is a delightful way to get your whole day’s worth of Vitamin C. It’s also a delicious way to start that beautiful day.

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Vitamin C, The Super Vitamin

Everyone knows that oranges, grapefruit, clementines, lemons, and limes are top  sources of Vitamin C.

But, do you know what that sunny vitamin does for us nutritionally? Vitamin C, despite popular belief, has not scientifically been proven to keep the common cold at bay, in itself.

However, it is a scientific fact, that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants boost our immune systems, and strengthen our bodies natural defenses to viruses as well as chronic diseases, like heart disease.

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Ginger Citrus Smoothie

About Citrus

Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes, are what most people think about when it comes to citrus fruits. However, there are many different citrus fruits beyond these. Try tangerines, clementines, kumquats, pummelo., or ugli.

There are also many hybrids of the separate citrus fruits. Think of the many orange varieties, (blood oranges, mandarins, or cara cara), pink and white grapefruits, key limes, Meyer lemons, and so many others. Here is a great guide to them all and how to use them: Know Your Citrus

Citrus comes into season in North America exactly when we all need a shot of brightness, freshness and sunshine, during the winter months, from November through April, with the peak of sweetness, in my experience, in January.

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Add Some Ginger to your smoothie

Citrus and ginger are beautiful flavour mates and this smoothie takes advantage of that. Ginger, also an antioxidant and immune boosting food, is thought to be beneficial for nausea, stomach upsets, and also for cold and flu relief.

Ginger Cayene Citrus Smoothie
Ginger Cayenne Citrus Smoothie

Now, add a little Cayenne

Cayenne Pepper adds a kick to everything, including this delicious smoothie. Cayenne is an interesting and healthful ingredient. Check out the benefits of more cayenne in your diet here. You can leave the cayenne out, but the amount in this recipe will barely register. On the other hand, you could ramp it up and add a little more spice to your life.

Why? There are lots of health benefits to adding a little heat to what you eat. If you want more info, check out 8 Benefits of Cayenne Pepper.

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About this Ginger Infused Citrus Smoothie

I’m celebrating citrus here, so this recipe has oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. But, use whatever citrus that you have on hand. What I love about this smoothie, is how is froths up, with a delicious, foamy top. Enjoy it with all of it’s pulp, or, strain it out.

Looking for more citrus deliciousness? Check out Beet Salad with Grapefruit, or Salmon, Spinach, Mandarin Orange Salad

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How to make a ginger citrus smoothie

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Ginger Citrus Smoothie
Ginger Citrus Smoothie
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Citrus and Ginger are a perfect sunny start to the day in this deliciously frothy smoothie with with a little touch of cayenne heat.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Beverages
Keyword: breakfast, citrus, ginger, smoothie
Servings: 2
Calories: 143 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 1 orange peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 pink grapefruit peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp ginger root peeled and minced, or 1 1/2 inch knob, peeled
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or more, to taste
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup cashew milk or any nut milk, or dairy milk.
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender and spin for a couple of minutes, until everything is pureed.

  2. Pour into a glass and drink right away.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have a high powered blender, you can still make this in a regular blender, there will just be more pulp.

Alternately, you can use only the juices of the citrus fruits in this recipe if you aren't a fan of citrus pulp.

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Citrus Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Potassium 232mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 28g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 19%
Vitamin C 79.8%
Calcium 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ginger Citrus Smoothie

 

 

10 thoughts on “Ginger Citrus Smoothie

  1. A unique smoothie with all the amazing flavors and fruit options. Love the tangy combination to this smoothie. Looks delicious.

  2. i typically end up with far more citrus than I can ever use every year, so this is the perfect way to use it. love the addition of ginger for that extra kick too 🙂

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