Did you ever notice how clementines only seem to come in 5-pound boxes?
That’s a lot of clementines.
Like a lot of people, I love them – they’re delicious, nutritious, and they are only plentiful this time of year.
But sometimes I get tired of just peeling and eating them. Now, I know to some of you that will sound like blasphemy, but it’s true. The only fruit I can eat nonstop till it’s gone is cherries.
So when I bought a box of clementines yesterday, I was wondering how I was going to use them all up.
Then this morning it hit me: make a clementine smoothie.
Result: Super delicious.
Clementine Smoothie Recipe
I was lucky enough to have a frozen mango fruit “medley” in my freezer, which also contained peaches and strawberries. I like to use frozen fruit as the ice in my smoothies but that’s just me. You might want to use just ice, or whatever frozen fruit you have on-hand.
I chose the mango blend because I didn’t think clementines would work well with the frozen berries I normally use in my smoothies. And I also wondered if clementines would be too tangy to go well with kefir. Seriously, who loves a tangy “sour” smoothie for breakfast? (Not me!)
But mangoes (and peaches!) are sweet. Kefir can be an acquired taste, and having a sweet ingredient to offset that is a good thing.
So why do I use kefir in my smoothies? Because it’s a great source of both probiotics and protein. It also doesn’t upset my stomach the way other dairy products do (sorry for the TMI).
But if you stay away from dairy products but still want the probiotic benefits of kefir, you can try coconut kefir. It’s available in some health food stores.
Or, you could use a dairy-free milk alternative such as coconut milk or almond milk and this would still be delicious.
What About All that Fruit?
It’s true that this recipe contains more carbs/sugar than I normally include in my smoothies – berries are much lower in sugar than mangoes, peaches, and clementines. But since today – the day I made it – is a snow day, having this extra bit of “sun” in my morning was well worth it.
Plus, the protein from the kefir (11 grams) and the scoop of protein powder (15 grams) help slow down the release of all that sugar into your blood stream.
Plus, the 8 grams of fiber (most of it from the fruit) also is a big help in lowering the glycemic load.
Try this and let me know what you think! Take a photo and upload it, tagging me on Instagram at @wendyfitnessdotcom or in my private Facebook group, right here!
- 2 clementines
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup plain low-fat kefir
- Put kefir and spinach in a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix or Blend-Tec). Blend until spinach is fully incorporated.
- Peel clementines, removing the white pith. Add to blender and blend until incorporated into mixture.
- Add frozen mango. Blend until the mixture is creamy.
- Add 1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla is recommended)
- Blend until the mixture is smoothie consistency.
- Pour in to a glass and enjoy!
- When choosing a protein powder, pick one that is very low in carbs (4 or fewer grams) and sugar but contains about 20 to 25 grams of protein per scoop.
- Calories: 322
- Carbs: 48 grams
- Fat: 3 grams
- Protein: 26 grams
- Fiber: 8 grams