Chef Collette Haw
Many of us begin each new year resolute on improving our diets. I’m here to remind you that eating well can also taste good! Example number one: this citrus smoothie. What a refreshing way to start your day, and year. The orange, mango and raspberries provide great taste, color and great health benefits, naturally.
Oranges contain vitamin C, of course – but also provide fiber, which slows the way our body absorbs sugar, and calcium to help keep our bones, organs and muscles strong.
The Beta-carotene that gives mangos their beautiful yellow-orange color is an antioxidant, great for fighting free radicals. Mangoes are also rich in potassium and magnesium, which help lower blood pressure. Raspberries add antioxidants, plus omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent stroke and heart disease.
The hemp seeds provide protein, and you can add even more with a scoop of whey or vegan protein powder. Flaxseeds are great for digestion and using coconut water makes this friendly for those looking for non-dairy options. Turmeric is an is a great source of curcumin, which is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory and helps support good brain health.
Together they provide a whole lot of flavor, and a great way to nourish your body. Enjoy!
Yield: (1) 16 oz Smoothie
1 large orange, peeled & halved
½ cup frozen mango
¼ cup frozen raspberries
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1 cup unsweet coconut water
1 tsp turmeric
1 pinch black pepper
½ cup OJ
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Tips: Try adding whey or vegan protein powder for a boost of protein!
Chef Collette Haw studied at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. After training in some of the country’s most honored restaurants, she became a personal chef for celebrities. She then launched her own business, Collette’s Clean Eats, to provide healthy, prepared meals to busy families. Haw is now a restauranteur, partnering with the Winter Park Health Foundation to operate Nourish Coffee Bar + Kitchen in the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park, Florida.