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Orange
Ginger Smoothie

3/4 cup of plain yogurt or buttermilk

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 frozen banana

3/4 cup milk (regular, almond or soy)

3 tb freshly grated ginger

1-2 tb of honey (depending on taste)

handful of ice cubes (3-4)

Add all of your ingredients into your blender and process on high until smooth. Pour into a large glass for one serving or smaller glasses for multiple servings.

Updated: February 16, 2014 6:19AM



Juicing.

Interpret the word one way and you’ve bound yourself to one of the most controversial activities in sports today. Interpret it another way and it means you’ve fallen for the biggest trend in dieting since the carb-free revolution.

Juicing sheds pounds. Juicing detoxes. What juicing really does, though, is make headlines.

Despite arguments from both sides on whether or not juicing is healthy, a diet based on a potpourri beverage of veggies and fruits is here. And while pureed wheatgrass, spinach and coconut water aren’t the likeliest pairings, juice and smoothie enthusiasts swear by their nutritional benefits and their ability to blend into more flavorful ingredients almost unnoticed. Gutsier mixologists whisk in protein powder, Chia seeds or flaxseeds for added benefits.

It does all boil down to taste, though. If it wasn’t for the delicious mishmash of sweet flavors, the juice and smoothie trend would never have caught on. Beginner juicers may experiment with bolder ingredients later, but if you’re just tapping in to the smoothie trend, try sampling a hodgepodge of complementary flavors.

Orange and ginger is one combo that is newly praised for its rapport. Fresh but spicy, this flavor is wonderful in a cool smoothie. Grate in fresh ginger for an earthier taste or, if you have the ability, whip up a ginger syrup for a more polished beverage. Honey is the only sweetener, which just so happens to bring out the mild flavors of the fresh orange juice and banana. It’s refreshing, rejuvenating, and sweet enough to satisfy your craving for a treat.

Smoothie enthusiasts are all-versed in their knowledge of milk. In fact, even proponents of dairy milk often herald the use of soy or almond milk in smoothies for their creamier texture. Feel free to sub in a dairy-free alternate if you’re feeling experimental. Although this recipe also calls for yogurt or buttermilk, they are only only there to add a little tang. Replace them with extra soy or almond milk if you’re keeping dairy out of the recipe.



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