Cold Season Green Smoothie

Abundant with oranges

This smoothie will not cure the common cold, but it is refreshingly tart with no added sugar (also, 12 g fiber and 18 g protein).

Makes 2 servings (about 20 oz. each)

1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
60 g (2.2 cups) baby spinach
1 navel orange, peeled and halved
2 seedless clementine “Cuties”, peeled and halved
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin lemon olive oil
2 Tablespoons pecan pieces
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
1/2 Tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks without added sugar
1 cup frozen cranberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10.

Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Note: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

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