This Creamy Orange Ginger Smoothie is filled with immune strengthening ingredients and could seriously be death to your next cold! Give your immune system a fighting chance this winter, enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, as a snack or dessert.
My kind of winter…
I am very fortunate that the winters here in La Safor Spain are mild. Temperatures rarely go below 10º Celsius which is a far cry from the sub-zero temperatures we once braved in Budapest.
God knows how much I loathe winter. Runny noses, freezing fingers and noses. Winter now has a different meaning, we rarely get sick and winter is all about oranges. The Valencia region produces the most oranges in Spain. Sweet oranges are grown in groves throughout the coastline. In fact orange trees can be seen everywhere.
The park opposite my home was once an orange grove. The young and elderly alike sit in that park, they chat, picnic and play ball. So even though its sad to see the trees cut down its satisfying to know that the space created is being utilised. There’s a 10K cycle/running track through one of the orange groves a stones throw from my home. It is there I run a couple of times per week, can you think of a better place?
Orange Ginger Smoothie with Persimmons – A Vitamin C bomb!
Oranges have quite a reputation in the vitamin C department but did you know that persimmons gram for gram contain more vitamin C? Yes its true, go google it now if you don’t believe me.
Orange Ginger Smoothie Ingredients
Lets take a closer look at the ingredients of this smoothie
Oranges and persimmons give a double dose of vitamin C
Ginger is not only great for building up your immune system but works wonders for digestion
Turmeric has powerful antioxidant effects. Turmeric can also help treat symptoms of arthritis and as someone who suffers from joint pain I can attest to the powers of this natural drug. Read more about all the benefits of turmeric here.
I reach for this smoothie the moment I feel a sniffle.
How to cut ginger for smoothies
I have used fresh ginger root in this orange ginger smoothie and it does give the smoothie a bit of a kick but it combines extremely well with the oranges.
To prepare your fresh ginger you simply cut or break off the desired piece from the whole root. Peel the skin off with a paring knife and add the peeled ginger to your blender. I usually wrap the remaining ginger tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for as long as 3 weeks. It also stores well in the freezer.
What can I use in place of persimmons ?
Papaya or mangoes would make a great substitute for persimmons
How do you build up your defences during the winter?
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Orange Ginger Smoothie
- Juice of one orange
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 persimmon roughly chopped
- ½ banana
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 half-inch knob of fresh ginger peeled
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You may add more liquid if its too thick.