Sunshine Smoothie with Coconut, Clementine (small sweet orange) and Turmeric.

This vegan-friendly and banana-free smoothie is made with naturally sweet, potassium-filled coconut water and a bit of coconut milk for creamy flavour. (vegan=n/ Vegetarian who does not eat any animal products)

Rolled oats help thicken the smoothie, plus i find that the extra protein and fibre hold me over until the next meal. ( if you add the optional Maco powder you’ll get even more protein and fibre.) (Maca, a root that belongs to the radish Family, it has been called Peruvian ginseng and is most commonly available in powder form, Maca is an acquired taste for some, but i like the malty flavour is adds.)

This smoothie contains two clementines (small sweet orange) for a delicious dose of vitamin C. Frozen orange segments provide the best texture (I peel and freeze them the night before) but fresh ones are fine if you want your drink a little less cold.

Turmeric brings another shot of color, and along with ginger, it warms up the smoothie (perfect for winter) and has anti-inflammatory benefits. You can use fresh turmeric root or ground powder- start with a small amount if you’re new to this spice and increase it as desired.

Ingeredient: Serves 1

¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup chilled unsweetened coconut water

1 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk

Fresh or frozen segments from 2 clementines (about 1 ½ cups)

½ inch fresh turmeric, pealed and roughly chopped (or ½ teaspoon ground), more if desired

½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar (optional)

1 tablespoon maca powder (optional)

Instruction:

Place the oatmeal in a blender and process until finely ground. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and process until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, let it stand for about 5 minutes before serving.