I can remember the ice cream man coming down the street and me searching for change in the seat cushions so I could go out and get an icy, sweet delight. I mean, I should remember, it was just last week. Ha. No. I’m way too practical to order from the ice cream truck. Besides, that orange creamsicle I used to love as a child? Not vegan. And no way was it loaded with kale like this Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie. You won’t believe you’re drinking something healthy when you go to town on this baby! I like a healthy breakfast drink. Why not check out our Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie or our delicious Pina Colada Smoothie.
Why You’ll Love Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Shawn and I were watching a video by Rhonda Patrick on the health benefits of green smoothies. We were pretty impressed and agreed to start adding a daily smoothie to get our greens in. The very first day I did the smoothie exactly as Rhonda said in her video.
Wow, was that a lot of work. I love your brain, Rhonda, but I just knew I needed a smoothie recipe that didn’t require spending that much time on a smoothie each day. Besides, her recipe made a LOT of smoothie. It filled four large glasses. I needed something easier…and smaller.
So, I’ve been experimenting. The first thing I did was to buy a bag of Superfood Baby Greens at Costco. It has kale, spinach, and swiss chard in it. I love having it in a bag because it’s so easy to grab it by handfuls for our smoothies. One day I noticed a couple of aging oranges and decided to create a Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie. I’m so glad I did!
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables = Healthy
These greens are so good for you. There’s no doubt about it. Here are some of the health benefits of including dark green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, and chard in your diet:
- You’re going to be swimming in magnesium with this smoothie. Why does that matter? Because most of us don’t meet the daily minimum requirements for magnesium. According to Dr. Patrick, over 300 enzymes in your body require magnesium, so it’s important that you’re getting it. In addition, she explains if we’re not getting enough in our diet, we force our body to choose between meeting your energetic needs or keeping your DNA from accumulating damage. That means a continued magnesium deficit could be a precursor to cancer.
- With kale in your smoothie, you’ll also find corticoids like lutein that can help your eyes, and can even impact visual improvements.
- Kale is also a cruciferous vegetable which means it has suffer-containing compounds. Rhonda explains a lot more about this in her video on Sulforiphane and its Effects on Cancer, Aging, Brain, Behavior and More. My summary of it all? Eating cruciferous vegetables, like kale, can activate tumor suppression genes and lead to a decrease in inflammation, amongst other things.
- By the way, spinach is high in folate. We need folate. Without it, we create a scenario for DNA damage.
- Chard is loaded with Vitamin K. You want Vitamin K in your system because it helps with several things, including reduced calcification of your arteries. In fact, Vitamin K redirects that calcium from your blood to your bones, where you want it to be.
- I add a little bit of carrots to this smoothie which means you’ll have some Vitamin A. According to Dr. Patrick, around 34% of us don’t get enough of Vitamin K, which can lead to poor immune systems.
- I like a little bit of ground flax seeds in my smoothies. I’m sure you know about the benefits of Omega-3s by now, so I won’t go into the details. It’s important to get it in your diet, and there’s nothing like flax seeds to get it. I also like the nutty flavor it adds to this smoothie.
- This smoothie recipe also includes a banana, which we all know is a great source of potassium.
- You’ll also find an apple in this smoothie, which will add some calcium, fiber and so much more.
Actually, these are only the highlights, folks. There’s a lot more phytontrutrients not even listed above, all of which provide some health benefits to your life.
This Recipe Needs You
Look, a recipe is only as good as you make it. And you can make this one better, by making it your own. If you look at it and you think you’d like to tweak it, then by all means, tweak away. I’ve said it before, it’s the beautiful thing about cooking at home, you get to make the recipe your own.
So, let’s go there. If you’d like some ideas for changing this Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie recipe up a little, here are some suggestions for adapting this recipe:
- Increase the almonds in this recipe to add a little more almond flavor
- Add a little bit of vanilla extract
- Try some vegan vanilla protein powder for added protein
- I could see including a pinch or two of dried ginger
- I think some coconut flakes added to the blender would be a nice touch
- Add more or less orange zest, depending on how much orange flavor you want
This Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie may be green, but it tastes all orange. So get your greens in, and enjoy the flavor while you do!
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- 2 tablespoons raw almonds
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups mixed baby greens spinach, kale, and chard
- 1 - 3 teaspoons zest from one orange*
- juice from one orange
- ¼ cup chopped carrots
- 1 apple washed, core removed, cut into quarters
- 1 - 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 2 cups crushed ice
Add the almonds, banana, and water in a high-speed blender. Pulse until smooth, like milk.
Add the baby greens. You can measure them as described above, or just fill the blender. Pulse until the greens are incorporated.
Zest an orange and add 1 teaspoon of the zest to your smoothie. Reserve the remaining zest to add more, depending on your taste preferences. Juice that same orange and add the juice to the smoothie. Pulse until smooth.
Add the carrots, apple quarters and ground flax seeds. Blend until smooth.
Take a taste. Do you want more orange flavor? Add a little more zest and blend for a few seconds to incorporate. See my notes below about orange zest and quantities.
Add the crushed ice and pulse until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses to serve.
* Personally, I like to use the zest of the entire orange. Shawn prefers less orange flavor. You can add some vanilla protein powder to reduce the intensity of the orange flavor if you'd like.
If you’re into Vegan Smoothie recipes, you’re gonna love these:
- Creamy Vegan Breakfast Smoothie by the Wanderlust Kitchen
- Glowing Skin Smoothie by the Simple Vegan Blog
- Blueberry Winter Wellness Smoothie by Healthy Happy Life
- Chocolate Green Super Smoothie by Vanilla and Bean
- Oh, and be sure to try my Double Banana Green Smoothie by yours truly
Whatever vegan smoothie you’re grooving on, enjoy!