Paleo Orange Greensicle Smoothie – A Full Meal Deal!

Paleo Orange Greensicle Smoothie - A Full Meal Deal!

Whenever we do smoothies in this house, they are almost ALWAYS as a meal.  This smoothie is no exception!

I have had to really practice at getting good at smoothie making.  It did not seem to come naturally to me like baking.  I have not been willing to sacrifice my health beliefs for taste…it needs to be NUTRITIOUS and not loaded with added sugars.  Add in the curve ball of no top 8 allergens or corn…and it gets even more challenging!  In the beginning, I had lots of failures.  Slowly but surely, I have been able to learn and get into a groove with my new smoothie recipe attempts.

My biggest challenge is getting some protein in these smoothies for my son.  When you take protein powders out (follow this link to see why avoiding protein powders most of the time might be a good idea for you), you need to be creative about your protein additions.  My sons allergies mean almost all protein powders are not an option…and the 2 or three I have found that do not contain a trigger for him taste nasty.   But having protein in our smoothies is totally necessary as he is SO picky!

Protein is ALSO key to the staying power of a smoothie, along with a dose of healthy fats.  A smoothie made entirely of fruits just isn’t going to stick with you for any length of time.  You have your choice in this smoothie…raw cashews or gelatin (I LOVE gelatin!!)….the cashews lend a nuttiness to this, and the avocado & gelatin lend no flavor but maintain the subtle creaminess.  Chia seeds or hemp hearts add additional protein and goodies without altering the flavor much!

This particular smoothie was born in the Winter with limited in-season produce.  Citrus is plentiful, tasty, and cheap!!  In this smoothie, I left some of the zested peel and pith intact on the oranges.  I simply use a knife to roughly peel….it’s quicker and cleaner for me to prep it this way.  A high powered blender is needed to pulverize all the peel though, so remove the whole thing if you do not have one.

IMMUNE/VITAMIN C BOOST? I discovered camu camu powder recently and love it for it tangy addition to smoothies for an added vitamin c blast.  Only 1 teaspoon is needed for a blast 700 mg vitamin c!  It is more easily used by our bodies since it a whole food instead of synthetic!   Here is more info:

Carefully hand-picked and dried from the South American rainforest,Camu Camu powder is 100% certified organic and raw with no additives or fillers! Camu Camu berries are amazing superfruits that are said to contain more vitamin C than any other known botanical source. It is estimated to have 30 times more vitamin C than oranges along with calcium, amino acids & antioxidants that can help aid in the body’s overall health and vitality. 
The Indigenous Amazonian people pick the Camu Camu berry (Myciaria dubia) in season, then dry and powder them, turning this purplish-red, cherry-like fruit to a light beige color. It has been traditionally used as a medicinal herb, improving the bodily functions of the brain, eyes, heart, lungs, liver and skin. It is also believed to help ward off the common cold, influenza and other viral diseases, various health conditions such as asthma, edema and heart disease, support strong collagen, tendons and ligaments, decrease inflammation, and help deal with stress and anxiety. 

 

Paleo Orange Greensicle Smoothie - A Full Meal Deal!

Paleo Orange Greensicle Smoothie – A Full Meal Deal!
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Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups preferred milk (I use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
  • 2 navel orange, zested, and peeled with a knife so some peel remains (see notes above)
  • 2 handful baby greens
  • ¼ cup raw cashews OR ¼ avocado & 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (linked above)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter or oil
  • ½ cup frozen mango (or fresh with some ice)
  • Liquid stevia or honey to taste
  • Optional: chia seeds or hemp hearts
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a high powered blender (BlendTec, Vitamix) and blend until smooth.

Paleo Orange Greensicle Smoothie - A Full Meal Deal!

This recipe was shared on Natural Living MondayMostly Homemade Monday,  Fat TuesdayHearth & SoulTuesday Talent ShowTotally Talented TuesdaysTasty TuesdaysTuesday Greens,  Waste Not Want Not, Gluten Free WednesdaysWildcrafting WednesdayReal Food WednesdayFresh Foods Wednesday,Frugal Days Sustainable Ways Wellness Wednesdays,  Full Plate ThursdayThriving on ThursdaySimple Lives Thursday,   Pennywise PlatterWhole Foods FridayGF FridayWellness Weekend,  Fight Back FridaySimple Meal Friday, Savouring Saturday,  AIP RoundtablePaleo Party, Weekend Wholefoods Blender Party,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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15 comments on “Paleo Orange Greensicle Smoothie – A Full Meal Deal!
  1. Amber says:

    Looks delish my friend. Always love finding new smoothie recipes!! Hope you’re going well, Tessa.

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  2. Andrea says:

    Mmm, looks delicious! I am pinning this :)

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  3. Linda says:

    This sounds delicious, and I love the color! Thanks for sharing at Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Tessa. I always enjoy your entries. Looks like you forgot to add a link back. :)

  4. I need to commit to making your recipes. Every time you share them, they sound so yummy.

    Thanks for sharing this one at Motivation Monday!

  5. Amy says:

    We are very limited on food as well, this has some good smoothie ideas! What are hemp hearts? I use hemp seeds regularly…

  6. mmmm I love a good smoothie! this sounds delish!

  7. Yum! I should use cashews more.

  8. Looks great Tessa! I always love your smoothie recipes, can’t wait to make it :)

  9. This looks awesome (as your recipes always do)! I love a good smoothie. Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Tessa, I’ve pinned it :)

  10. Lisa Lynn says:

    Looks great! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wedensday!

  11. I totally agree, I can’t make a smoothie without it being a full meal. My toddler has become very picky so a smoothie is still my number 1 way to get different nutrients into her. Thank you for sharing this with Healthy Vegan Fridays. Check back on Friday to see if you were one of the Top 3! We hope to see you again this week. You can submit a post from Friday to end of Tuesday:
    http://www.greenthickies.com/healthy-vegan-fridays

  12. Cindy says:

    I love the color and I love its a full meal deal! Got it tweeted and pinned to our GFF board! Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays!

  13. Citrus is such a great ingredient to use when there isn’t much other fruit choices around, I love how cheap and plentiful it is in winter :) Thanks for the options for protein in the smoothie besides protein powder, I always forget I can add gelatin to smoothies and etc. for an extra boost!
    Lovely to see you at the Weekend Wholefood Blender Party, and hope you’ll join us again soon in the future :)

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