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I am seriously crushing on this clementine & coconut smoothie.  It gets extra creaminess and nutrients from the addition of frozen cauliflower (trust me on this one!) and is packed with vitamins & minerals, healthy fats, fibre and protein.

Time for a Clementine

The clementine is a cross between a mandarin and a sweet orange.  It is juicy, easy to peel, less acidic than a regular orange, and contains no or only a few seeds.  Clementine season in the United States is very short, from November to January — hence the nickname “Christmas orange”.

Clementines are low in calories (only 35 calories per fruit) but rich in fibre, antioxidants, minerals including potassium and, of course, vitamin C — more than half your daily requirement in one little fruit!

Baobab Boost

For this smoothie, I have also used baobab powder (optional).  Baobab has a wonderful tangy, citrusy flavour that combines well with clementine.  It is unusually rich in fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidants, and has been found to have prebiotic effects (read more about pre and probiotics and gut health here).  Baobab is packed with minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium, making it a great addition to any post-workout snack.

Potential benefits to baobab consumption include improved skin (anti-aging), gut and immune health.

Clementine Crush Recipe

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 3 peeled clementines

  • 1 cup canned organic coconut milk (I use full-fat)

  • 1/2 to 1 cup unsweetened coconut water (or use additional coconut milk for a creamier shake), adjusted to desired consistency

  • 1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower

  • 2 Tbsp Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla or natural protein powder or Further Food collagen peptides (nonvegan) or shelled hemp seeds

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp baobab powder (optional, adjusted to taste)

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

  • couple drops of orange essential oils or pure orange extract (optional)

  • optional Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste

  • optional toppings: raw cacao nibs, a drizzle of warm cashew and coconut butter (melted together), or toppings of choice