This smoothie is as bright as it looks in the picture. I swear. No tinkering or filters…it’s actually that vibrant.
It’s the perfect thing to drink when you feel like you’re getting a cold, which usually happens to me once a week during the winter. Even though I work out and try to eat (mostly) healthy, the cold weather wears on me and I’m left feeling tired and worn out.
This smoothie is the antidote to the perpetual “I’m about to get sick” feeling. It’s basically the equivalent of liquid sunshine. It makes you forget that it’s February and takes you to the beach in the middle of summer when you’re laying on the sand in a bikini. At least, that’s what it did for me.
I’ve wanted to mix two smoothies together in a glass together for a while, but I never did it because I didn’t want to wash out the blender and start all over again. I’m not a fan of doing dishes.
Still, I knew this smoothie would be worth it. I made the mango smoothie first, rinsed out the blender, and then made the raspberry component. They look so pretty together in the glass.
I topped the smoothie with a sprinkle of hemp hearts but feel free to get creative. Chia seeds, fresh or slightly-thawed frozen berries, or even granola would be excellent additions. It also helps to drink this with a bright straw. It adds to the vacation element.
Here’s a song that reminds me of this smoothie. It’s also good for days when you’re counting down the hours to the weekend and you really, really don’t want to be sitting at a desk for seven hours.
Immune-Boosting Mango Raspberry Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
pinch of ground cayenne pepper
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 blood orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup almond milk
hemp hearts for topping
Blend the mango, lemon juice, turmeric, cayenne pepper, orange juice, and ginger in a blender on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass until it fills half the glass. Rinse out the blender and then blend the raspberries, blood orange, and almond milk on high until smooth. Pour into the glass on top of the mango smoothie until it fills the glass. Swirl the two together until you have a colorful blend. Top with hemp hearts. Enjoy!