Has it already been a year since we set the clocks forward? It has. It means spring is just around the corner, right? Probably not for us West Coast dwellers. Spring seems further away than ever… it snowed here yesterday!
This is not my most favourite time of year; it’s so much more challenging to get our son to bed at a reasonable hour. Moreover, being new parents means Steve and I have lost our natural (and very beloved) sleep schedule to the nether world, never to be seen again. Thanks to daylight savings, we say goodbye to yet another hour of sleep…sigh. Anyway, in an effort to remediate the situation we’re going for a long stretch of play and a short nap to help sync our son’s internal and external clock today (wish us luck). Sleep or no sleep, I wouldn’t trade any of it, though; seeing our son’s happy little sunshine face in the morning is absolutely the best for soothing my tired eyes and gently (forcibly) coaxing me out of my sleep spell.
When it comes time to rise and shine, this is our go to smoothie blend. I’ve combined the benefits of orange fruits and vegetables and kicked it up a notch with ginger root and turmeric powder. I absolutely love the taste of this smoothie; it reminds me of a creamsicle, although slightly more (ok, a lot more) nutritious. It’s smooth, mildly sweet and, of course, very creamy. It’s hard to believe how well turmeric disguises itself in recipes, making it ever so easy to enjoy its’ numerous health benefits. In our family, turmeric is a staple ingredient, whether in soups, golden milk night caps, or our morning smoothies. I absolutely love it, and so does our son, surprisingly.
This smoothie blend is loaded with Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium, and Calcium; it’s a wonderfully nutritious way to help ward of seasonal maladies and get a sweet fix at the same time. This takes your average morning OJ to a whole new level, one that I’m sure you will enjoy for it’s health benefits and luscious orange taste.
I hope you give this a try; it’s just perfect for those blurry eyed mornings.
SUNRISE CITRUS & ROOT SMOOTHIE
This is a wonderful creamy smoothie blend which pairs perfectly with your mornings! If you don’t have access to blood oranges, simply replace with any seasonal orange variety you can find. Sweetener is optional as noted below; this blend is mildly sweet on its own, with its starring quality being the smooth, creamy texture. You might love it more than your typical morning OJ!
| serves 2 |
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1″ piece of fresh ginger root
- 1 navel orange, peeled
- 1 blood orange, peeled
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- chia seeds for garnish
1. Add all the ingredients, except for the chia seeds, into a high powered blender (I am a very happy Vitamix customer). Blend on high for 30-45 seconds until smooth. Pour into two glasses and top with a sprinkling of chia seeds.