This blood orange and banana smoothie is such a pretty shade of pink and contains tons of antioxidants and vitamin C. A great way to start your day and stay healthy this winter!
This is the time of year when one of my favorite fruits appears…the blood orange. I love all the citrus fruits available in the winter months, but there’s just something extra special about blood oranges.
There’s just something so neat about them…they look fairly normal on the outside, but slice them open, and you see their gorgeous ruby red flesh. I love the flavor – it’s sweet and slightly less acidic than other varieties of oranges. And when you add the juice to smoothies, it makes the prettiest pink shade. Just right for Valentine’s Day!
Of course if you can’t find blood oranges in your area, you can substitute any variety of orange that you like. And if you can find them, and haven’t tried them yet, you should grab some the next time you’re out! I think you’ll love them.
As you may have guessed by looking at their rich color, blood oranges contain a lot of antioxidants. Just like all red and blue fruits and vegetables, blood oranges contain anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that can help prevent or even fight cancer. Blood oranges also have a very high amount of vitamin C, as do the strawberries in this smoothie. This particular combination of fruits is wonderful for boosting your immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. I’m all for recipes that taste amazing and do an awesome job of protecting my health, aren’t you?
Blood Orange Banana Smoothie.
- 1 banana sliced and frozen
- 3/4 cup frozen peaches
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 3 blood oranges juiced
Place the banana slices, peaches, and strawberries in a blender. Let sit for about 10 minutes to thaw slightly.
Add the freshly squeezed blood orange juice. Blend on high speed until smooth.
Do you like blood oranges? What’s your favorite way to enjoy them?