Thanks to Vega’s Smoothie Pinnin’ Contest, smoothies have been fresh on my mind lately. Although it has taken me a minute to get unpacked and into a steady smoothie routine, I’m pleased to report my Vitamix is happily living at Andrew’s house and its blades are back in the smoothie business.
First up, Golden Rabbit.
With the weather trying to shift from summer to fall this week, and seeming a bit confused in the process, our sinuses have been crying out. Our heads have been pounding, leaving us in need of relief.
Yesterday morning we braved the blustery Florida winds and drizzle to walk down the street to the neighborhood produce stand to have our pick of local fruits and veggies. After loading our baskets to the brim (and still not spending over $20 each), we left with smoothies in sight.
Upon returning to Andrew’s, after some quick rinsing, I arranged and assessed the ingredients I wanted to use. My goal was to select ingredients that would bring us some sinus relief, stimulate blood flow, and give our energy levels a boost. Since carrots are known for being rabbit food, and each ingredient carries its own golden glow, I decided the name Golden Rabbit seemed fitting.
- ½ cup Florida Orange Juice
- 1 banana
- 1 giant carrot (or 2-3 small carrots)
- 1 peach
- 1 tsp. Turmeric
- 1 pepper
- 1 cup/handful of ice (not pictured)
Health Perks: The orange juice base offers Vitamin C for immune support, the banana supplies potassium, the carrot comes packed with phytonutrient antioxidants (Beta-Carotene included), the peach offers additional Vitamin A, the turmeric is naturally anti-inflammatory, and the pepper adds extra pep (pun intended), plus helps ward off the common cold.
Cut the peach and carrot into small slices.
Cut a few small slivers from your selected pepper to use for extra spice (not the entire pepper unless you have opted for a milder sweet pepper, or are feeling extra bold). If you’re hesitant about the turmeric or pepper, add small increments first before you fully commit.
Place all ingredients together in your blender and blend on high for 20-30 seconds (depending on blender), or until blended thoroughly. For a denser smoothie, use a frozen banana, and add extra ice as needed.
Sure at the beginning, my ingredients might have been displayed nicely. However, here is the reality of what my cutting board looked like just a few minutes later. Notice I ended up not quite using the entirety of the giant carrot, only ¾ of it. I saved the remaining slices to be used later in a salad.
This Golden Rabbit Smoothie fills up a large glass for one. Of course, it can always be split into two glasses to share, which is what we ended up doing.
In the spirit of fall, smoothies must be consumed outdoors. It’s an unwritten rule. Following this rule, I turned my back on the mess I had just created inside and took my smoothie out to the backyard.
I present to you, the mighty sinus clearing, Golden Rabbit!
If you were hoping for a sweet smoothie, this is not the smoothie for you. Although the Orange Juice and peach certainly give this smoothie a subtle underlying sweetness, the overarching flavor combination is anything but sweet. This smoothie carries quite a distinct spiced taste and sits wide on the tongue, staying with you long after you sip. If you are looking to sweeten things up and bring the flavors back toward the front of your tongue, consider adding more Orange Juice or including a small amount of agave.
While I wouldn’t call this an everyday quencher, I highly recommend this smoothie as a regular ritual, sipped in the morning to help you get your blood pumping and energy flowing. Because it does have a mighty kick to it, I immediately felt this smoothie warming me up from the inside out upon first sip. I also felt my sinuses opening, which is exactly what I had hoped for.
Looking for a tamer smoothie to test out instead? Take a look at my other smoothie creations.
READY, SET, PIN!
If you are a regular smoothie maker and have a Pinterest account, I encourage you to join Vega’s Smoothie Pinnin’ contest, taking place now through Sept. 30. There are some pretty amazing prizes up for grabs I think you’ll like. Click here to learn more.
If you like the looks of my Golden Rabbit Smoothie, be sure to pin it, and follow me and my smoothie board on Pinterest. When it comes to Pinterest usage, I must confess I am like a brand new baby, fresh out of the womb, eyes half open. However, I do promise I will at least try to remember to pin my own recipes to share.
BEFORE YOU BLEND
Before you blend, remember, it’s nearly impossible to mess up a smoothie, at least in my opinion. Like cooking, making smoothies is an art form with a creative process unique to each individual. And while there may be better and best outcomes, there’s certainly no firm right or wrong. Think of something you should have added to your smoothie? Good. Me too. All the time. Consider it something new for you to try next time.