Perfect for the holiday by-week, this quick and simple smoothie provides a boost of vitamins A, B5, C, and E, along with a little Zinc. I always find that my body needs a bit of extra love during this awkward stretch of days between Christmas and New Year's.
This time of year has its perks, but the cookies, presents, and general revelry are often accompanied by health busters. Stuff like emotional overload, physical exhaustion, cranky tummies, germs germs germs abound. Between travel and indulgence there is a pretty good chance of getting dehydrated to boot.
Bottom line? Too much fun can be tough on your body so it's good idea to boost your defenses in between feast days. Smoothies to the rescue!
Bells & Berries Smoothie
Makes about 16 ounces
This vitamin-packed smoothie is on the mellow side, sweetness-wise. It has a thick and creamy texture which can be thinned out by adding a little extra coconut water (up to 1/4 cup extra). When measuring the diced peppers and frozen raspberries make sure to include a little extra to make up for the empty space in your measuring cup. Heaping measurements of each usually work out just right.
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (can be squeezed from about 1 lime)
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1/2 a pepper)
- 1/2 cup ripe avocado (about 1/2 an avocado, medium soft)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
Add the orange juice, coconut water, and lime juice to the blender. Next add the bell pepper and avocado. Finally, top it off with the frozen berries. Blend until smooth (about1-2 minutes). Enjoy immediately!
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