This naturally sweet fruity green smoothie with blood orange juice is the perfect healthy treat for winter days.
It would not be the start of a new year without a flurry of promotion around wellness, fresh starts, and healthy habits, right? Thankfully, I preach the good works of smoothies all the time to I don't feel like I'm adding to the noise. At least, not in a performative way. The latest hit in my lineup of liquid nutrition is a fruit smoothie for winter months. We're in the middle of blood orange season and I encourage you to squeeze to the very last drop. Aside from being gorgeous, blood oranges just hit different than the regular oranges we enjoy year round. Which makes sense, because citrus absolutely flourishes in the wintertime. Let's get into the juicy details.
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When Can I Find Blood Oranges in Season?
I think everybody is interested in getting more vitamin C right about now and I am in that camp, too. Supplements are nice but I prefer to go straight to the source when I can. I add OJ to my smoothies all the time and this blood orange green smoothie is a super seasonal treat. You can only find fresh blood oranges to make this immune boosting smoothie for a few weeks at the beginning of each year. In the United States, blood orange season typically lasts from the very end of December to April, depending on where you live. And, like with most fresh produce, blood oranges are at their peak earlier in the season. So get on this recipe while you can! I use blood oranges in everything from fizzy cocktails to salads and salad dressing at this time of year.
So, what does a blood orange taste like? Blood oranges are a pleasantly sweet surprise compared to regular navel oranges, rivaled only by Cara Cara oranges (which I love, too--especially in sangria!) Despite the name, blood oranges do not taste like blood. They have a subtle sweetness and are less tangy and sour than other oranges. Depending on the variety, you'll taste hints of grapefruit, raspberry or cherry.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Making smoothies for winter months is no different than any other time of year save that you might not want your drink to be quite so icy. I have sensitive teeth (blame adult braces) and am like this even in the summer. So there's no ice in this recipe. If you prefer more of a frosty vibe, feel free to toss in some ice.
As far as tools, the list is short and simple, too. Grab your blender, of course. You'll also need a cutting board and a sharp knife to prep the produce. If you are blending a smoothie to take to work (or anywhere), I love a sustainable tumbler or this bottle. And for drinking smoothies at home, I prefer a highball glass and reusable straw.
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Tips for Making this Smoothie
- What are the benefits of blood orange in smoothies? Citrus should play a starring role in your winter smoothie recipes because of the abundance of vitamin C. They're also full of antioxidants, anthocyanin, and fiber, which is why we use the whole orange and not just the juice in this recipe.
- What fruits mix well with blood oranges? Since blood orange is a type of citrus, less acidic fruits work well with it. Strawberries, mangoes, peaches, and melons are all perfect. I'm considering freezing some blood orange goodness to use in my favorite summer fruit smoothie.
- Do I need a fancy blender to make good smoothies? Contrary to popular belief, you can use a regular old blender to make great smoothies. I have been rocking with my $30 blender for years now and it works wonderfully! I do recommend layering your ingredients for easy blending. I add the greens first, followed by fleshy fruits, and anything hardy like ginger or turmeric on top.
- Do I need to prep smoothie ingredients before adding to blender? Aside from peeling the orange and mango, you don't need to do much else to the ingredients in this smoothie, even when using an old blender. Strawberry hulls (the green leafy parts), and the thin skin of fresh ginger are both edible. I just drop mine right in.
You are now all set for drinking delicious smoothies in the wintertime, boo. If you make and enjoy this recipe, please leave a five-star review in the comment section below. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this citrus smoothie for wintertime immunity over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
Blood Orange Smoothie Recipe
Blood Orange Strawberry Mango Smoothie
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Pulse until ingredients are liquified and uniform.
- Enjoy immediately.