When I was growing up, my favorite grab-and-go breakfast & snack was an orange creamsicle-flavored Yoplait yogurt cup. I remember thinking it was a healthy choice because the fat content was low and as far as I knew, yogurt was a health food. Over the years after first becoming vegan, I have periodically tried new varieties of non-dairy “yogurt” (such as soy, almond, and coconut). Never once have I come across “orange-creamsicle” or “orange-cream” flavored non-dairy yogurt. So while this Orange-Ginger Creamsicle Smoothie does not contain probiotics, the ginger provides comparable digestive benefits. With an extra dose of antioxidants from the raspberries to protect against free radicals, this vitamin-rich concoction is the perfect way to supercharge your morning or afternoon. The fiber and potassium of the banana will keep you feeling full and energized, and the ginger will combat headaches and digestive issues that sometimes accompany a hectic workday.
Maca is also great for energy, focus, and stamina. It has a mild yet pleasant flavor that a bears resemblance to malt or butterscotch. Although generally classified as an aphrodisiac, it has many other benefits. A healthy alternative to caffeine, maca root is native to the Peruvian Andes. Historically given to warriors in ancient Peru as performance-enhancing substance, it was also used used as a remedy for infertility and altitude sickness. Maca powder is typically sold at natural food stores in the the supplement section, and sometimes in the bulk herb & tea section. It can also be purchased online.
Juice from two oranges
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/2 inch freshly grated ginger
2 tsp maca powder (optional but recommended)
1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (optional but recommended)
3 ice cubes
Add ingredients to the blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour your freshly-prepared and nutrient-rich Orange-Ginger Creamsicle Smoothie into a glass and garnish with an orange slice, or a portable coffee mug to enjoy on the go.