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Immune Boosting Tropical Orange Smoothie Recipe

You’ll love this rich and creamy Tropical Orange Smoothie with immune boosting ingredients. It’s easy to make and so nourishing & delicious any time of the year!

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie//The Spicy RD

What kind of person sips a frosty tropical orange smoothie in front of a blazing fire, wearing fuzzy socks, in the middle of one of the coldest winters ever??

Hello There! Me!!!

fireplace
Warm fuzzy socks

I’m pretty sure by now, you guys think I’m crazy with all this talk of cold weather.

And, I really don’t blame you, because we Southern Californians’ are big babies when it comes to the weather.

Just see what Jimmy Kimmell has to say about the weather in this funny You Tube video…

Los Angeles Overreacts to Cold Temperatures

So naturally, what do I do to deal with the cold?

I make a freezing cold immune boosting tropical orange smoothie, and enjoy it in front of a roaring fire while I dream of warmer weather…

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie

What ingredients do you need for this Immune Boosting Tropical Orange Smoothie?

  • An orange. Naturally. I use my favorite Cara Cara oranges in the winter, but if you’re saner than me, and making this orange smoothie in the summer, try Valencia oranges-they’re super sweet and juicy!
  • Other fruit. I had a bag of frozen tropical fruit (banana, mango, strawberry, pineapple) in my freezer (hence the name), but you can add in any variety of frozen or fresh fruit.
  • Liquid. I used coconut milk which makes this tropical orange smoothie super rich and creamy,. But, you can use any milk or plant based milk you like.
  • Spices. Turmeric and ginger taste delicious in this smoothie, and add an extra immune boosting effect.
  • Protein powder. This is totally optional, but feel free to add you favorite protein powder if you’re making this tropical orange smoothie for a meal.
{Sub} Tropical Smoothie //The Spicy RD

Not only is my {sub} tropical smoothie easy to whip up, it also provides ~ 1/3 of your recommended daily fiber intake, and it’s rich in Vitamin C.  While there’s no evidence taking Vitamin C will help prevent colds, or taking it at the start of a cold, will lessen the symptoms, there is some evidence Vitamin C may have a modest effect on shortening the duration of a cold {~ by 1 day} when consumed year round.

And, immune boosting or not, this Tropical Orange Smoothie just tastes great! Here’s the recipe…

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie//The Spicy RD

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie

A delicious combination of fresh and frozen fruit, coconut milk, and anti-inflammatory spices, pair together deliciously in this sub-tropical smoothie!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 large {meal} serving or 2 small servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup frozen tropical blend fruit {bananas, mango, strawberries, and pineapple}
  • 1 whole cara cara {or other} orange, skin & seeds removed, and cut in to chunks
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • optional, 1-2 scoops protein powder {whey, egg white, rice, hemp, etc}
  • ice

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix. Add ice as desired to achieve your desired level of frostiness and blend until all ingredients are well combined. Enjoy!

Notes

Ingredient Swaps
  • I love this with Cara Cara oranges in the winter, but if you’re saner than me, and making this orange smoothie in the summer, try Valencia oranges-they’re super sweet and juicy!
  • Swap the frozen tropical fruit blend with any variety of frozen or fresh fruit.
  • Swap the coconut milk with any milk or plant based milk you like.
  • Protein powder is optional. You can make this with Noosh almond protein (one of my favorites), whey protein, egg white protein, or any other favorite protein powder.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 2080IU | Vitamin C: 142.6mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4.6mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword vegan smoothie
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What brightens you up on a cold winter’s day?  Would you prefer this tropical orange smoothie in the summer or winter?  Planning a trips to a tropical spot anytime soon?  Please, pretty pretty please, take me with you!!!

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