I’m finding that on these warm mornings, I look forward to something cool and refreshing. That’s when a glass of coconut water and a splash of orange juice come in handy. Some mornings, I’ll doctor up this creamy orange smoothie with a sprinkle of hemp seeds for a protein boost and a handful of baby spinach for glowing skin. But most of the time I love it just the way it is: a refreshing, thirst-quenching start to my day. Learn more about the benefits of a smoothie for breakfast to dial up your body’s overnight rejuvenation and slimming work here.
Coconut Smoothie with Orange and Vanilla
Serves 1 (~190 calories)
1 cup coconut water (bonus points if you use fresh coconut water!)
1/4 cup orange juice
1 frozen banana
1/2 teaspoon good vanilla extract (I like this one)
1-2 ice cubes, to thicken
Better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
Coconut water is considered a natural isotonic beverage, with the same electrolytic balance as you have in your blood. Basically, it’s super awesome at hydrating you!
Place ingredients into a powerful blender until smooth and creamy. Thin with water or thicken with ice if desired. Enjoy!
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Noelle Twiggs is the creator of GreenLemonade. Born from both the lessons of successes (detox 101: yes!) and failures (gym-rat diet: no!), the lifestyle website provides practical—and palatable—tips, tricks, and recipes to help everyone feel more happy, energetic, and well nourished.