I’m rarely satisfied with the same ‘ol thing. Sure, Glowing Green Smoothies are just dandy, but it’s nice to switch it up every now and again. So, after my tattoo session on Saturday, I whipped up this beauty.
The Glowing Green Smoothie clocks in at around 100 calories, thus I prefer think of it more like a morning snack rather than full-on breakfast. I wanted to make something a little more substantial for breakfast this time. Something in the same healthy realm as the glowing green smoothie, but different, and still appealing to all senses.
Do you remember that store, Orange Julius, that used to be in all of the malls back in the day? I remember getting those as a kid, and loving them. I never knew what was in them, but man they were good! After searching, the Orange Julius is mainly made out of milk and orange juice concentrate. Well, we don’t need no real milk, or concentrated stuff either!
To create this concoction, I’ve enlisted a few favorite fruits of mine. First up are bananas and pineapples. I talked about the benefits of these fruits before, but they are super good for you and especially your SKIN.
Oranges are next on the menu, and are a great source of calcium, and of course Vitamin C which keeps the alkalinity of your body down (a very good thing). Vitamin C helps repair skin collagen, preventing that pesky cellulite from being so visible.1
Coconut milk gives us plenty of healthy fats, and gives us that creamy, decadent texture that we want so bad in some of our smoothies, but feel guilty about the cream. Feel guilty no more – coconut milk to the rescue! Try to find organic coconut milk in BPA free cans if you can…. and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can try your hand at making your own.
Celery is probably the ingredient that sounds the most out-of-place, but I think it’s really needed in this smoothie. First of all, you can’t really taste it, because the stronger flavors of orange and pineapple easily overpower it. It also adds bulk to the smoothie, so you don’t have to put in so many of those expensive exotic fruits. Thirdly, and probably most importantly it adds more fiber to the smoothie, helping smooooth out the natural sugar rush you’re about to experience. It also contains high levels of alkaline materials like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which all contribute to flushing out excess bodily fluids, reducing puffiness in the body – especially noticable under those eyeballs of yours. They also contain great vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, C, folate, iron, and essential amino acids1. It’s a great waste-eliminator, and body cleanser! Shooooo, doesn’t that alone make you want to down celery every day?!
Finally, we have the star of the show – beautiful organic raspberries!! These kids are full of anti-oxidants that will take all those free radicals trapped in your body, and ship them to the junkyard. We don’t need that junk – nosiree! It also is said to contain the highest known fiber content in whole foods – 20% of their total weight! They are also a fantastic source of Vitamin C, manganese (promotes skin healing), B1, B2, B3, folate, magnesium, copper, and iron.
So, with the organic coconut milk, and all the fruits, we’ve got good fats, and a healthy amount of sugar, but it’s balanced out with all the fiber of both the fruits, and that celery! We’re looking at a smoothie that is worthy of being in the breakfast category at a whopping 307 calories. The texture is creamy, just like the orange julius drink, and the flavors of all the combined fruits are on point!
Stay beautiful, my friends!
- 4 Cups Chopped Celery
- 2 Cups Pineapple Chunks
- 2 Large Oranges, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 Bananas
- 1 Cup Raspberries
- 1 2/3 Cup Canned Coconut Milk (or one 14 oz can)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.