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Vanilla-Orange Power Smoothie

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This smoothie has a flavor reminiscent of the creamy vanilla-orange drinks served at Orange Julius stands. It’s chock-full of vitamin C from the orange juice, potassium from the bananas and vitamins A and K from the spinach. Plus the almond milk is high in vitamins D and E, as well as calcium. It’s a great breakfast substitute to start the morning out on a healthy note. If you peel and slice a few bananas, freeze them on a plate, then transfer the frozen pieces to a freezer-safe zip-top bag or plastic container, you’ll always have them on hand to make this smoothie or others, like the Vanilla-Pumpkin Smoothie.

Special Cooking Equipment Needed: Blender (one to try: Vitamix Blender), scraper spatula

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 sliced frozen banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, if desired

Preparation:

Combine the almond milk, orange juice, banana pieces and baby spinach in a blender. Process to combine, stopping once or twice to scrape down sides. Puree on a high speed for at least 1 minute, until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the smoothie is smooth and frothy. Pour into a tall glass and drink.

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