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Blood Orange, Carrot and Ginger Smoothie

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 A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

I admit I spend quite a bit of time at Whole Foods. It may be a good thing that it’s not located near my house but close to work. It works out since I only travel to the office twice a week and therefore have only two opportunities for doing serious food shopping damage. But there’s something about that place – the layout, the feeling, it’s just different than your typical grocery store. Some would say it’s snobby and overpriced and I’m the first to agree but damn it they have those cool salt lamp balls that are heated and…off topic.

 A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

 A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

But in all seriousness, it’s still winter and my farmer’s market is quite sad at the moment so this is the next best thing. Being in the presence of fresh food inspires me since most of the time, I have no idea what my next recipe will be. I plan to a certain extent but I like the thrill of finding an ingredient and letting the natural discovery process unfold. That kind of intuitive shopping feels rewarding and I can’t imagine doing things any other way. 

I realize most of the time I look like a crazy person investigating produce, smelling it, hopelessly staring into a blood orange’s soul…you know, looks weird as can be from the outside, but perfectly acceptable to me. 

And speaking of blood oranges, as they’re in season for only a few short months, I decided to get a few and see what I could make with them. Moro blood oranges evidently are only in season through March so buying them felt all the more special. 

 A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day

When I cut into the blood orange I was in awe at the surprinsing color. I’ve seen blood oranges before but these had to be the most beautifully marbled shade of deep red with a few specs of orange peppered throughout. I immediately had to photograph it and since it was 9am and I wasn’t quite prepared to whip up any particular dish at that point, I decided to opt for a smoothie. It is a preferred way to get a healthy dose of vitamins in liquid form. My daughter who’s a smoothie aficionado, was delighted to try something new. 

If you can’t find blood oranges, using a regular orange is perfectly okay, you just won’t get that orange creamsicle color but will get all the taste. 

 A simple blood orange smoothie fIlled with vitamins and minerals. An invigorating drink anytime of the day


blood orange, carrot and ginger smoothie

  • Prep time: 5 minutes

  • Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond, cashew or coconut milk

  • 1 medium carrot peeled and chopped

  • 1 blood orange, peeled and cut into pieces

  • 1 knob grated fresh ginger (about 1″)

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 /2 cup pineapple

  • optional: toss in 1/2 apple, peeled and cored

  • optional: 1 scoop collagen

Equipment: 

  • blender

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients and blend for about one minute until everything is fully incorporated. 


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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Alicia
    March 20, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    These photos are GORGEOUS! You’re definitely making me want to stare into a blood orange’s soul next time I’m at Whole Foods 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 22, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      Haaaaaaaaa I laughed out loud when I read this!

  • Reply
    Shelby
    March 20, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The color on this is so beautiful! That alone makes me want it!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      Hahah thanks Shelby!!

  • Reply
    Raia
    March 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Ohhhh my goodness. Those oranges are SO gorgeous! I love the carrot/orange/ginger combo – so delicious!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      I do too…it just works so well!

  • Reply
    Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica
    March 21, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Love this recipe!
    I make blood orange, carrots + ginger smoothies.. but this is the ULTRA smoothie!
    Cashew or Coconut milk would make it SO much more wonderful + that frozen banana!
    Inspired!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you, Carol! Yes a little extra creaminess in there 😉

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