Fresh Start: Citrus Smoothie

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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! 

Citrus Smoothie  

Yield: (1) 16 oz Smoothie  

Ingredients:  

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 

Instructions:  

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  
  1. Enjoy!  

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. 

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