Mandarin Morning Smoothie

Here in the Midwest, where I live, it’s pretty dark and cold this time of year. It’s not my favorite thing, I must admit. But today I’m sharing a breakfast smoothie option that is full of goodness in a glass! It’s bright and colorful in both looks and taste. If your morning routine is in need of a little pick me up, then you’re gonna love this recipe.

We’ve teamed up with Wonderful Halos mandarins for this smoothie recipe. I love their mandarins because they are easy to peel and seedless, so they are great for both snacking and easy recipes like this smoothie. Many of you know at the moment Elsie and I are doing the #weekdayweekend challenge (from our cookbook), which means no foods with added sugars during the week. Currently, I’ve got a big bowl of these mandarins sitting on my kitchen counter and they are a good snack option when I’m feeling like something sweet but want to stick to my goals, or if I feel like throwing together this smoothie in the morning.

And of course I’ve got to have a cup of coffee in the morning too. Ha. Every morning as I’m drinking my coffee I tell Trey it’s my favorite time of day and I mean it. I am definitely a morning person, so a good breakfast and hot coffee is a must for me!

Mandarin Morning Smoothie, serves one

2 Wonderful Halos mandarins, peeled
1 banana (ripe or frozen)
1-2 dates
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon goji berry powder
1/2 cup unsweetened milk (almond, soy, or dairy)

Add all the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. It’s so easy that I can throw this together while my coffee brews.

A couple of minor notes here: So first, I’ve recommended 1-2 dates as this can vary based on the size of your dates and also the sweetness level you prefer. This smoothie is more on the (naturally) sweet side as opposed to a green or vegetable-based smoothie. So this is really up to you and you could even omit the dates, if you like.

As I said above, the mandarins are seedless. So after peeling you really can just plop them into the blender. If you want to juice them instead you can, but I like to keep the whole fruit intact as it aids your body in using the natural sugars found in the fruit.

If you are doing the #weekdayweekend challenge with us, then you know that we’re opting to go dairy-free during the week, so here you’ll want to stick with a dairy-free milk. But if you like, you can use dairy milk here instead. I just recommend whatever you choose, keep it unsweetened.

And speaking of dairy, if you are not participating or don’t care about keeping this dairy-free, an option for adding some protein is to stir a little greek yogurt into the smoothie (or you can blend it in). It will add creaminess, a slight tang, but mostly some added protein. If you want to keep it dairy-free, you can always add a little protein powder of your choice. Up to you and your needs! Enjoy. xo. Emma

 Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with ACS for Desktop actions.

 

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Mandarin Morning Smoothie

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 Wonderful Halos mandarins peeled
  • 1 banana ripe or frozen
  • 1-2 dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger peeled
  • 1 tablespoon goji berry powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened milk almond, soy, or dairy

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.

Recipe Notes

So first, I've recommended 1-2 dates as this can vary based on the size of your dates and also the sweetness level you prefer. This smoothie is more on the (naturally) sweet side as opposed to a green or vegetable-based smoothie. So this is really up to you and you could even omit the dates, if you like.

As I said above, the mandarins are seedless. So after peeling you really can just plop them into the blender. If you want to juice them instead you can, but I like to keep the whole fruit intact as it aids your body in using the natural sugars found in the fruit.

If you are doing the #weekdayweekend challenge with us, then you know that we're opting to go dairy-free during the week, so here you'll want to stick with a dairy-free milk. But if you like, you can use dairy milk here instead. I just recommend whatever you choose, keep it unsweetened.

And speaking of dairy, if you are not participating or don't care about keeping this dairy-free, an option for adding some protein is to stir a little greek yogurt into the smoothie (or you can blend it in). It will add creaminess, a slight tang, but mostly some added protein. If you want to keep it dairy-free, you can always add a little protein powder of your choice.