What about an orange smoothie?

Green smoothies have been all the rage. And don’t get me 284181626_9b96aa247c_nwrong, they are super healthy! But this time of year in the cold, dark months I just can’t bring myself to drink them. Did you know that food has energetics? Greens are cooling while deep orange and yellow foods  are warming.  This time of year I am craving more warming foods. And don’t forget the warming spices! So how about an orange smoothie!

When my neighbors said they had a tree full of persimmons to come get some a few months ago, I indulged. I didn’t know much about persimmons but thought I would experiment. Boy am I glad I did! I might just be in love.

This is what I learned. The 2 most common types sold in the U.S.are the fuyu which are round and look like a tomato and hachiya which are more oblong. The fuyu is sweeter and can be eaten raw, while the hachiya are best cooked due to their astringency.

So how do I use this beautiful fruit?

Energizing Orange Smoothie

  • 1 ripe fuyu persimmon
  • 1/2 large or 1 small banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk(can also use almond, cashew)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (can also add 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1 small (1 inch) piece of ginger
  • 1 pod cardamom or 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (more or less to taste)
  • pinch of black pepper (this helps the turmeric be absorbed)

Place all ingredients into powerful blender or vitamix and blend until smooth. Smile and enjoy!

Orange sleep smoothie

I made this the other night and slept like a baby.

  • 1 ripe fuyu persimmon
  • 1/2 large or 1 small banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk(can also use almond, cashew)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • small handful of pumpkin seeds

Place all ingredients into powerful blender or vitamix and blend until smooth. Smile and relax! Make about 1 hour before bedtime.

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