Well, hello there sunshine! It may be winter, but that means the sunniest fruit is in season–citrus! You may be wearing a big cozy sweater and slippers and hiding under a blanket until spring, but you can still enjoy something bright and tropical in a glass. This Sunshine Smoothie is packed with Vitamin C and protein and will make you feel happy on the dreariest of days.
I’m calling it liquid sunshine because it’s comprised of some of the brightest fruits– clementine, mango, banana and coconut. Both clementines and mangoes are chock full of immune boosting Vitamin C. As a matter of fact, this smoothie will give you more than 100% of your daily value, which is great for cold and flu season. The banana and unsweetened coconut flakes add natural sweetness, so this smoothie is completely free of added sugar.
There are also three other important ingredients in here–plain Greek yogurt, milk and hemp seeds. These protein sources give this smoothie a whopping 13 grams of protein and almost 300 calories. In other words, it’s a meal or a large snack for after an intense workout. Wondering how much protein you need after a workout? Check out The No-Brainer Nutrition Guide For Every Runner for the facts.
Not to mention that almost every single one of these ingredients is on my list of the BEST 75 foods for runners–download it here!
So here’s to some sunshine in the dead of winter– I know I can use it!
A tropical smoothie with clementine, mango, banana and unsweetened coconut. No added sugar and 13grams of protein
- 1 clementine peeled
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 small banana
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt 2%
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
- 1/4 cup low-fat milk
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smoothie. Sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes.