Orange Banana Dreamsicle Smoothie is a delicious way to start your day with a nutritionally dense breakfast that is so easy to make and tastes amazing.
“I really am a smoothie person. I love making a morning smoothie and then will drink some coffee and will not eat at all before lunch.” – Gwyneth Paltrow
I think you’re going to start seeing a lot of smoothie recipes on this blog because they are such an easy way to get more fruits and greens into your life. I’m getting a little obsessed.
I found this recipe in my First for Women magazine. It was part of an article that talks about how to steady your moods with smoothies.
All of the smoothies feature maca root powder as one of the ingredients.
Make sure you drink your smoothie right away to get the most nutrition. Vitamins and minerals are less potent the longer they are exposed to air.
Here are the health benefits of adding maca root powder to your smoothies:
Maca root is known as a nutritional powerhouse. It’s been grown in the Andes for thousands of years.
Packed with high levels of iodine and iron, maca root helps keep your metabolism in balance. It contains amino acids that help the body burn fat and prompt muscle cells to use energy more efficiently.
Maca root also helps the area of the brain that governs attention and mood, according to First for Women magazine. It helps with focus and mental energy. We could all use a little more of that, don’t you think?
You want to make sure you don’t heat maca root – because it loses its potency. Adding it to smoothies is the perfect way to add it to your diet.
Please note: maca root contains vitamin K which may interfere if you are taking blood thinners.
Health benefits of the rest of the ingredients:
Orange Health Benefits
This recipe doesn’t just use the juice of the orange, but you also get the benefit of the fiber that goes along with it. The fiber in the orange will help keep your blood sugar levels under control.
We all know that oranges have a lot of vitamin C. Did you know that one orange contains over the recommended amount of vitamin C for the day?
Vitamin C is necessary for a healthy immune system and helps prevent colds.
If you want to look your best, oranges are loaded in anti-oxidants to help protect skin from free radical damage.
Oranges will also help keep your body alkalized.
Banana Health Benefits
One banana will give you approximately 10% of your daily fiber. Bananas are packed with minerals like potassium, manganese, and copper.
They also have vitamin C and B6. According to Medical Medium, bananas also will help to promote sleep and regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
You want to make sure the bananas are ripe when you use them. The banana peel will be lightly speckled when they are ready. Unripe bananas can cause adverse reactions.
I like to freeze my peeled bananas once they are ripe and add them to my smoothies.
Cinnamon Health Benefits
Did you know that cinnamon is made from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees? When the bark dries, it rolls and ends up as cinnamon sticks.
Since ancient times, cinnamon has been known for it’s healing properties. It helps increase circulation in the body, contains anti-clotting compounds that help prevent strokes, and it will help shorten the duration of colds and the flu.
Cinnamon is loaded full of antioxidants that will help avoid the damage caused by free radicals. It also is an excellent source of minerals such as zinc, calcium, iron, and chromium.
Vitamins A and B-complex are also found in cinnamon.
Here’s the recipe for Orange Banana Dreamsicle Smoothie:
1 frozen peeled banana
1 small orange, peeled and seeded
1/2 cup almond milk (you can substitute your favorite type of milk)
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions for making Orange Banana Dreamsicle Smoothie:
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth for 30 seconds or until smooth.
Makes 1 serving.
You can find organic maca root powder here on Amazon.
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