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Jazz up your green smoothie with blood oranges! This Blood Orange Smoothie is the perfect way to utilize those immune-boosting oranges this winter season. Plus, this green smoothie tastes good!
Adding blood oranges to my green smoothies has been a game-changer for me. This Green Blood Orange Smoothie is one I look forward to drinking.
Are blood oranges better for you?
You might be thinking, “Gina, can’t I just use a regular orange for this recipe?” Well, you can if you like. But let briefly explain the difference between a regular orange and a blood orange.
Both oranges are high in vitamin C (which helps your immune system), but blood oranges are unique in that
- it’s typically only available during the winter months and
- it offers a unique benefit known as anthocyanins.
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid with antioxidant effects, aka it fights free radicals. This natural chemical is where blood oranges get their red color. Anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory properties, as well.
To read more about blood oranges, check out 17 Benefits of Blood Oranges That You Didn’t Know.
Other Tasty Blood Orange Smoothie Ingredients
In addition to blood oranges, this combination of ingredients makes this blood orange smoothie immune healthy plus taste good!
- Spinach: Spinach has folic acid, which is an immune booster that helps your body produce and maintain new cells. It’s also the most neutral tasting green, which allows your smoothie to taste pleasant.
- Frozen Bananas: Smoothies are all about texture, and bananas help make it smooth. Using frozen bananas allow your smoothie to be cold without the need to refrigerate.
- Monkfruit Sugar: Monkfruit Sweetener is a natural sweetener alternative. You get the sweet taste without the spike in your blood sugar. Visit this article here to learn more.
- Fresh Ginger & Fresh Turmeric: Ginger is antibacterial, and turmeric is an anti-inflammatory. Both help support the immune system. Don’t worry; the taste won’t be strong as you only need to add tiny pieces.
- Hemp Seeds: Hemp Seeds are a curvy girl ingredient! In my Vegan Weight Gain article, I talk A LOT bout how adding calorie-dense foods to typically low-calorie meals can boost your calories. Hemp Seeds are calorie-dense in that it contains a high amount of healthy fats. It also provides plant-based protein!
- Herbal Vitamin C Powder. Hands down, it’s the most natural potent vitamin C powder I have ever consumed. It contains wildcrafted herbs like pine needle, amla, acerola berry, etc. It is pretty price because of the potent ingredients, so this ingredient OPTIONAL but worth it.
How to Make a Blood Orange Smoothie
*Please read detailed and printable recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions.
Prep and Blend Ingredients
- Grab all of your ingredients and add them to a high-speed blender. (Photos 1 & 2)
- Blend until smooth, and if you like, garnish with blood orange slice! Serve immediately. (Photos 3 & 4)
Substitution, Cook, & Storage Tips
- You can use whatever leafy vegetable you desire. Some greens like dandelion, collards, and kale are intense. If you like a bold green taste, feel free to use those instead or mix and match.
- If you don’t have access to blood oranges or you find them too pricey (they can get expensive), use regular oranges. It will be just as good!
- If you aren’t cursed with the “cilantro taste like soap” gene lol,😂 cilantro can substitute for parsley.
- Omit the banana if you don’t want a banana taste in your smoothie. You can substitute with ½ medium avocado to ensure a smooth smoothie. Just add some 2-3 ice cubes to keep it chilled. You can also use frozen mango for this.
- No access to monk fruit sugar? You can order it here on Amazon or use 3-4 dates instead! (Make sure you take the pit out!)
- Use your choice of nondairy milk. I used almond milk for this smoothie, but if you want to bulk up the calories, use canned full fat coconut milk.
- Hemp seeds work best for this smoothie, but you can also use hemp protein powder if you don’t want the extra fat content. You could omit altogether.
- Substitute fresh turmeric and fresh ginger for ¼ teaspoon of powdered turmeric and ginger if you desire.
- Get creative and eat this as a green smoothie bowl! Top it with a mixture of citrus fruit; make it “Instagram pic worthy.” (Please tag #veganwithcurves if you do this I would love to see it!)
- This smoothie is best served fresh. However, you can keep in the refrigerator for 24 hours, max 48 hours. You can freeze for up to 5 days.
Vegan With Curves Star Ingredient
Whole Hemp Seeds is the Vegan With Curves Star Ingredient of this recipe. Whole hemp seeds are calorie-dense foods. Three tablespoons of hemp seeds have an incredible 180 calories!
To make this more weight loss (waste/weight release friendly) you could:
- Use low-calorie plant-based milk. Like used unsweetened almond milk, which has less sugar.
- Omit the banana and the whole hemp seeds to lessen the number of calories.
Drink this green smoothie as a healthy breakfast or even a mid-day snack to boost your energy! Enjoy!
Other Smoothie Recipes You’ll Enjoy
- If you suffer from allergies, this Green Parsley Smoothie is the perfect recipe for you this upcoming spring.
- Hey, pumpkin head! Haha, seriously, nothing screams Fall like this Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie! It’s super high in calories (great for us curvy vegans), and it’s like having a pumpkin pie in smoothie format.
- “Tis the season” with this Vegan Eggnog smoothie that uses white sweet potatoes!
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Green Blood Orange Smoothie
- 1 cup packed spinach
- handful parsley with stems
- 1 medium blood orange, peeled
- 1 frozen banana, chopped see notes
- 1 tablespoons Herbal Vitamin C Powder
- 2 tablespoons monk fruit sugar
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 ½ cup plant-based milk almond, soy, coconut, etc.
- small pieces of fresh turmeric and ginger, cut up see notes
- ½ squeeze lime
- Rinse your spinach ingredients and add them to your high-speed blender.
- Blend until nice and smooth. Serve immediately for breakfast or as a snack!
- You can keep in the refrigerator for 24 hours, max 48 hours. Freeze for up to 5 days. Thaw out in the fridge overnight and re-blend before consuming it.
- GREENS: Instead of spinach, use dandelion greens, collards, or kale. If you like the taste of cilantro, you can add that or swap it with parsley.
- ORANGES: Regular oranges will work for this as well.
- BANANAS: If not using frozen bananas add ice cubes. If you don’t like the banana taste substitute with ½ medium avocado to ensure a smooth smoothie. Again use 2-3 ice cubes to keep it chilled. You can also use frozen mangos for this.
- ADDITIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS: If you can’t find monk fruit sugar, use 3-4 dates instead! (Make sure you take the pit out!) Hemp protein powder can sub for whole hemp seeds or omit altogether. You can also substitute fresh turmeric and fresh ginger for ¼ teaspoon of powdered turmeric and ginger.
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