Immune boosting orange smoothie

Making smoothies is something that I like to do year-round. My family starts most days with a smoothie so that we can get our vitamins, antioxidants and minerals from early in the morning. This immune boosting orange smoothie was just perfect to start the day. Super refreshing and tasty!

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When making smoothies, I like to switch things around and try different ingredients. I normally use frozen fruit, bananas and milk but today I wanted to create something with an orange base. I made this immune boosting orange smoothie and my kids loved it.

Some nutrients that are particularly important for immunity include: Vitamins A, B2, B6, C, D, and E, as well as minerals such as selenium and zinc. I decided to add about ½ inch chunk of fresh ginger to the smoothie because it has amazing health and detoxifying properties. Also, consuming citrus fruits that are high in Vitamin C during the winter months helps boost your immune system and quickly clears out any cold/flu viruses. Thus, I also wanted to incorporate a high-quality orange juice into the smoothie base. I used Florida’s Natural® Brand Orange Juice, which is not-from-concentrate and made entirely in the United States. Not only is it extremely convenient, but it’s also very high in vitamin C. Since liquid is needed to blend the smoothie, it is the perfect ingredient to add.

Whenever I purchase orange juice, I make sure to buy Florida’s Natural because it’s made entirely with oranges grown by real, Florida citrus farmers who care deeply about the quality of their crops. With Florida’s Natural, you get the best quality juice that actually tastes real—not artificial like many other brands.

If you haven’t started making your own smoothies, I urge you to start. It is extremely easy and very economical. I have purchased smoothies before at smoothie bars, as well as gyms, to find out that not only they are very expensive, but the taste and ingredient quality isn’t very good.

Making your own smoothies is great because you can add an array of ingredients and make endless combinations. You can pretty much add type of vegetables, fruits, protein, nuts etc. My kids tend to love any combination I come up with. (Plus, they are already used to drinking any concoction I make, so I am thankful for that!) Sometimes I even freeze smoothies as popsicles. Try freezing this smoothie recipe for a healthy, refreshing snack.

Enjoy!

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This recipe is sponsored by Florida’s Natural. The opinions and text are all mine. The end.

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Immune boosting orange smoothie

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 4 smoothies

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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39 comments

  1. Meeeeeeee too! I use quinoa even in chilli con carne :-)) Your stir-fried quinoa salad looks terrific!

  2. This is the perfect healthy dish for me to make for myself & my vegetarian family. Love a good power quinoa bowl!

  3. YES I love quinoa as much as you do, and I cannot wait to try this one! fantastic flavors, and this looks SO good! thanks in advance, this will be dinner soon!

  4. I made this last night–it was good.

    Did you mean 2 cups cooked quinoa (2 cups uncooked made ALOT) :)

  5. LOVED IT! Eating it for breakfast lol! Just shared it on my FB page also. THANK YOU!

  6. This is just mouthwatering!!!! I want a bowl of this right now! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  7. This recipe seems to be very healthy, however, the sodium content seems a bit hazardous to whom ever eats this, whether healthy of health conscious. I’d have to look for an alternative source to compensate for the incredible amount of sodium this recipe contains.

    • You can do a mixture of the soy sauce and water if you like to decrease the sodium content. We eat very healthy and once in a while we are fine w/ a bit more sodium plus it was not salty at all. Since 2000mg is the average amt of sodium for a 2000 calorie diet for the day we are fine w/ that given we have low sodium most of the time :-) I hope you like it!

  8. This was wonderful!! 2 cups uncooked quinoa certainly made a LOT! I’m set for several meals now!

    I’d highly recommend drizzling a bowl of this with peanut butter for an easy extra “Thai” kick!

    Also, microwave the fresh beans in a partially covered bowl with 2 tbsp of water for 6 minutes to speed up the cooking process. :)

  9. This was delicious!!!!! I never know how to cook quinoa but this is fantastic! we loved it…and so many beautiful colours! I used chicken instead and after adding oil added 1/2 tspn chilli flakes to lightly brown with before adding rest of veg!

    salt content is high (soy sauce for you) but u agree with Miryam dish isn’t salty! might dilute it with water next time but I think that will detract from the taste?

  10. Your ingredients for the sauce are only listed as soy sauce and chili paste, is that correct?

  11. This looks great! Just FYI, most curry pastes have some kind of fish sauce, so this wouldn’t really be vegetarian. Thanks for posting a cool new quinoa recipe!

  12. @Dianna: You can solve the fish sauce issue by buying red curry and making your own paste. You can get quality red curry at Savory Spice Shop or Penzy’s. Both of these wonderful spice stores are all over the country and you can order from them and they’ll mail it if you don’t have one in your area. Mix 1T of curry with 1T each water and quality olive oil or avocado oil and you have your vegan paste.

  13. Was really looking forward to trying this recipe and prepared it exactly as listed. Wow was it salty even using low sodium soy sauce. Sorry, but the sodium was way too much. I ended up tossing the leftovers (recipe made a lot) because it was way too salty.

  14. This made so much! Good but I’d prob add a little less soy sauce. Has anyone tried freezing the rest for later?

  15. I absolutely love this recipe! I use a vegan Thai red curry paste and soy sauce and all the other ingredients are vegan-friendly. It’s great! 

  16. I love this receipe as I like quinoa. I don’t like beans . Can I use something else instead?

  17. FYI Lacto-Ovo vegetarians eat dairy and eggs, but still do not eat fish or shrimp (nothing with a face)!

  18. Not a fan of tofu, any suggested substitute?  A veggie that doesn’t eat tofu-limiting my options even more lol

  19. My niece and I love this recipe!  I am making it tonight for the second time.  My local supermarket didn’t have fresh green beans so I used frozen haricots verts green beans which turn out just fine!  I’ve never worked with Quinoa before this recipe and am hooked!!!

  20. This just looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Will be making this in the near future (Plus some to freeze)!

  21. You state this is gluten free, I have coeliac disease so follow a gluten free diet and love quinoa, however soy sauce is most definitely not gluten free!!! Any idea what I can use instead?

  22. Great recipe and very flavorful. The quinoa really soaks up the flavor of the curry paste and soy sauce. The best part about this recipe is that it can be easily adapted to suit anyone’s tastes. Here are my modifications:

    1. In wok, heat vegetable oil over medium high heat (oil should splutter if a pinch of water is added).
    2. Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of minced ginger (for approximately 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa).
    3. Allow garlic and ginger to cook in oil for approximately three minutes until golden brown.
    4. Add vegetables of choice and tofu and cook for 4-6 minutes, depending on the vegetable. Keep in mind thicker more fibrous vegetables will take longer so vegetables should be added in stages as necessary.
    5. For sauce, combine 1/6 cup of soy sauce, one tablespoon of red curry paste, two tablespoons of water, and a pinch of sugar. (I found the extra water and the pinch of sugar helped balance out the saltiness of the soy sauce).
    6. When vegetables are almost done, pour in the sauce and toss with vegetables and tofu.
    7. Stir in cooked quinoa.
    8. Toss with toasted sesame seeds (small non-stick fry pan, medium heat, approximately five minutes for 1/4 cup, make sure sesame seeds are light brown to get the most flavor).

  23. I’m intrigued – why is it called ‘dirty’?

  24. I made this last night. In the interest of quick cooking and having variety, I used 2 bags of frozen Japanese stir fry vegetables. I put a couple of cloves of garlic in with the veggies and tofu.
    For the sauce, I used soy sauce, the rest of my jar of red curry paste, a touch of sugar, and some red pepper flakes. Next time I would probably double the quantity.
    I also made 1.5 cups of quinoa instead of 2 – and it still made a lot.
    Overall it was good and relatively healthy, just needed a little personalization (and heat)! Thanks!

  25. Your share is great, I found a lot of things in your post.

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