This strawberry and orange smoothie is packed with kale to help kick any winter cold away.
I know what you’re thinking.
Another green smoothie…boring. But, before you click away let me say this.
I’m not a huge green smoothie person either. Swear. And I loved this one.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you I drink them all the time because “you totally don’t taste the spinach or kale.” That’s a lie. Anyone that says such things should not be trusted.
Yes, there’s kale in this smoothie.
But you better believe I blended the shiznit out of it so I wasn’t chewing on kale pieces with every sip.
AND, the strawberries and orange in this really steal the flavor show. I promise.
I used a blood orange because I still had 3/4 of one sitting in my fridge, but this would be fine (just a little sweeter) with a regular orange. However you want to get your vitamin C is fine with me.
Waking up yesterday morning, I really felt no better than the previous day. I hate when colds just linger. I always expect to be on the upswing by the third day but apparently this one wanted to hang around a little longer.
This smoothie was my attempt to really kick this cold in the butt and shove it out the door. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend since 9am on Monday morning so I refuse to let this cold keep me down.
Not sure if any of this is actually working but I‘m not going down without a fight!
Kale seemed like the perfect nutrient dense smoothie ingredient and strawberries and oranges just give it a tartness and tang that at least taste like they’re doing something to help my body fight off these germs.
And if I’m wrong, at least I drank something pretty tasty (and healthy!) in the meantime.
LOOKING FOR MORE SMOOTHIES TO TRY?
This roasted apricot green smoothie is another good cold fighting option that uses spinach instead of kale.
Another green smoothie that doesn’t have any leafy greens in it is this pineapple kiwi mint smoothie. Nothing but the tropics as far as taste goes in that one so if you’re squeamish about green smoothies, that’s the way to go.
On the other hand, if you want to go all out with the green theme, give this spirulina smoothie a try!
Cold Buster Smoothie
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 orange
- 2-3 large kale leaves stem removed
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- handful of ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well until smooth, at least 2 minutes.
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Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.