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Sunshine Smoothie with Kumquats and Turmeric | Relishing It

Another round of snow paired with a gray sky in the midwest this morning– at least the temperatures aren’t so bad.   I needed to brighten up my surroundings, so I blended up a Sunshine Smoothie.  I’ve likely mentioned this before, but I go through a bit of a kumquat love-fest this time of year.  They’re brilliant in this marmalade, perfect in vinaigrettes for salads, and they are downright fabulous blended into smoothies.

Sunshine Smoothie with Kumquats and Turmeric | Relishing It

This time, I’ve decided to craft a smoothie using kumquats as the star ingredient.  Yes, I love a smoothie loaded with greens as much as the next person (this one is my personal favorite), but sometimes I want something…a little less green.  The kumquats give this smoothie a fresh vibrancy that will wake you right up.  I also recommend using either fresh or frozen organic mango.  Plain yogurt is the protein that will keep you from getting hungry– I suggest using whole milk yogurt to also help with that.  And turmeric– a fantastic, healthy ingredient that you should eat more of anyway.  You can read about it’s specific properties here.  Curries are a great way to incorporate more turmeric into your diet, or throw a little into a soup, such as this one.  Adding just a bit to this smoothie completely works, too.  It pairs wonderfully with the cinnamon and citrus flavors.  No need to peel the kumquats, just cut them in half and remove the seeds.  Place everything in a blender or food processor and whiz it together.  Hope you enjoy!

Sunshine Smoothie with Kumquats and Turmeric | Relishing It

The Recipe:  Sunshine Smoothie with Kumquats and Turmeric

(makes 1 cup)

7-8 small organic kumquats, cut in half and seeds removed

1/3 cup diced fresh or frozen organic mango

1/3 cup organic whole milk yogurt

1/4 cup organic, unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It today!

Laurie

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G-R-E-E-N-M-A-C-H-I-N-E  Green Machine, Green Machine, Gooo….Green Machine!  This was the chant that my husband and all of his friends would yell when they were young boys playing little league baseball.  Somehow it has stuck around, though it now only is hollered on those rare occasions that Radd gets together with old friends and has a few (too many) beers.  Boys are odd.  In any case, I’ve co-opted the name for this uber healthy drink that is perfect for reviving you from that post-Thanksgiving feast coma.  “Green Machine” just rolls off the tongue more easily than “Pear, Kale, and Spinach Smoothie”.

This drink makes you feel good.  It’s loaded with delicious and nutritious greens and sweet juicy pears.  I’ve made a similar version of this smoothie with other fruits, but keep coming back to the pears.  They add the perfect smooth texture.  A few times a week I blend one of these smoothies up for lunch.  It’s filling, and to be honest, very addicting.  The flavor of the greens is present, but in a subtle way– not overpowering at all.  The banana brings it all together by adding a little more natural sweet silkiness.  I drink mine from a freezer-chilled glass mug, and it’s oh-so refreshing and good for you.  Give this one a try– you body will thank you!

The Recipe: Green Machine / Pear, Kale, and Spinach Smoothie

Serves 1

1 cup unsweetened cold almond milk

1 cup spinach

1 cup chopped kale, stems removed (any type works fine, I prefer curly kale)

1 pear, cut into large slices

1/2 banana, cut into chunks

Blend the almond milk, spinach, and kale together until smooth.  Add the pear and banana and blend again until almost uniform.  Feel free to add more or less almond milk, depending upon how thick you like it.  Serve in a chilled glass.  Enjoy!

Source:  Adapted from Joy the Baker

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Laurie

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