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This arugula orange smoothie is refreshing and nutritious! It's super quick and easy to make and is a great way to get some leafy greens into your day.
If you find yourself struggling to get enough nutritious greens into your daily diet, this smoothie will help!
It is a quick and easy way to consume some arugula. I know I personally wouldn’t eat nearly as many greens as a do if it weren’t for smoothies.
Green smoothies are great for people who don’t really enjoy salads!
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Here is what you will need to make this arugula orange smoothie:
Arugula – the star of this recipe.
Orange juice – orange juice is a great way to add some orange flavor to a smoothie. I much prefer it to adding whole oranges.
Frozen banana – must be frozen to chill the smoothie and create a smooth texture.
Almond milk – oat milk would also work. I suggest using unsweetened plant-based milk.
Chia seeds – chia seeds don’t affect the flavor of this smoothie, so they may be omitted. But they are a great source of plant-based omega 3s.
Benefits of arugula
Arugula is a cruciferous vegetable that contains many nutrients such as calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and more.
Leafy greens in general are well-know for being super nutritious, and arugula is no exception!
It is plentiful in antioxidants that protect and repair cells in your body.
How to make
Start by freezing 1 ½ bananas if you don’t already have them frozen.
Then simply add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
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When you are measuring the arugula, don’t pack it down too tightly in your measuring cup.
Some people really don’t like the taste of arugula, so if that’s you, this smoothie might not be the best choice for you.
The orange juice in this recipe does however make the arugula more palatable. You can still taste it though.
I personally love the taste of arugula, but if you find it too strong after blending this smoothie, you can add a bit more orange juice or a tablespoon of lemon juice.
Make sure you blend this smoothie very thoroughly to ensure that all of the arugula gets blended. You don’t want to end up with some leftover leaves in your smoothie.
One last tip is to peel and chop your bananas before freezing. I always keep banana pieces stocked and ready to go in my freezer!
For the chia seeds in this recipe, you can use black or white. You could also just omit them. Hemp seeds would also be a good substitute.
Instead of almond milk, oat milk would work well. Make sure you use plain and unsweetened plant-based milk. Don’t use a flavored one like vanilla.
Love green smoothies? Try this spirulina smoothie too!
- ¾ cups arugula (not too tightly packed)
- 1 ½ frozen bananas
- ¾ cups orange juice
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Without a high-powered blender you will need to blend longer to completely blend the arugula.
If you find the taste of arugula too strong, you may have packed your measuring cup too tightly. If this happens you can add some more orange juice or a bit of lemon juice.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 10gSugar: 39gProtein: 6g
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary based on ingredient amounts and brands used.