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THE OC SMOOTHIE

Oranges, cranberries (OC) and ginger bring the wonderful flavours of Thanksgiving to this super healthy and satisfying sweet-tart shake!

Fresh ginger adds a wonderful slightly peppery kick along with amazing health benefits.  It has been widely used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, analgesic and pro-digestive effects.  Furthermore, research suggests that ginger consumption may boost immunity and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

If my digestion is in need of some extra assistance, I’ll also throw some pineapple into the mix. Pineapple is rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C), minerals and antioxidants, as well as a complex enzyme called bromelain.  This protein-digesting compound is believed to have numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and pro-digestive effects.

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 2 cups peeled, diced fresh oranges (or a combination of oranges and fresh or frozen pineapple)

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew or nut-free milk

  • 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened cranberries

  • 2 Tbsp cashew nut butter (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

  • a few drops of pure orange extract or orange zest to taste (optional)

  • pure stevia, maple syrup or honey (nonvegan) to sweeten as desired

If serving for breakfast or as a more substantial snack, add 1 to 2 scoops Nuzest Clean Lean natural or vanilla protein powder (use code “DRTARA” for discount) or 1/4 cup gluten-free shelled hemp seeds.

This recipe was originally published on November 23, 2017.