A Healthy Cure to the Winter Blues

Can winter just be over already? Yesterday I was wearing shorts, and today it’s snowing. Something is seriously wrong here. If, like me, you’re needing a little pick me up this Monday morning, you should a) day dream about Lupita’s stunning Prada gown from last night, then b) try this Vitamin C & D rich smoothie recipe.

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This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart Living Christmas Vol. 5 2001.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple Juice (should make about 4 ice cubes in an ice cube tray)

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks

1/2 Cup Frozen Orange Juice

1/4  Cup Fresh Pineapple Juice

1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice

1/2 Cup Non-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 Banana, peeled

1 Tablespoon Honey

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Fill ice cube trays with pineapple juice and orange juice ahead of time and freeze overnight.

2. Blend frozen pineapple juice cubes, frozen pineapple chunks, frozen orange juice cubes, fresh pineapple juice, and fresh orange juice in blender until smooth. Transfer to container and set aside.

3. Blend yogurt, banana, honey, and cinnamon until smooth.

4. Layer pineapple-orange slushy and yogurt mixture in glass, alternating until all ingredients have been utilized. Garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon.

Editor’s Note: I like to make a full ice cube tray of both the pineapple juice and the orange juice all at once, so that when I’m ready to make a smoothie in the morning, the frozen ingredients are already prepared for the whole week.  The yogurt mixture is also delicious on its own for breakfast or a snack.

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