Orange Cream Healing Smoothie (Paleo, AIP)

orange cream smoothie paleo

 

 

The question I get asked the most about the autoimmune protocol is, “What do I eat for breakfast!?” Inevitably, my answer is always bacon and leftovers from dinner. There’s a fifty percent chance the questioner will frown at me with that answer. Some of us just don’t like leftovers in the morning. My husband is included in this curious subsect of the population who must eat traditional breakfast food before 11am. Even if he skips breakfast and we go out for lunch, he will STILL order breakfast. It bugs me to death when it’s 1 pm, and he’s asking if there are still breakfast tacos on the menu. Eat your dang lunch and move on with your day, man!

 

Nothing like a harmless marriage rant to start off a blog post. Now bacon, breakfast sausage, and hashes are all allowed on the autoimmune protocol, but sometimes our tongues don’t want to taste the savory first thing in the morning. For me, if my morning starts early enough and I have to be somewhere by 9 am, I really am less likely to go for a big savory breakfast. If I exercise in the morning (yeah, right) on the other hand, then I will include animal protein on my morning plate. But the majority of my mornings, especially during pregnancy, are for the palatable, quick, easy, and nourishing. 

 

I start my morning with a large glass of room temperature water and a small mug of warm lemon water to get hydrated right away. Then I make my husband his sausage & eggs and protein smoothie (pea protein – ew) and brew a French press. Some days I have a cup, others I don’t. I just go by my mood. So far I’ve had 3 beverages then. After I clean up his breakfast, I make my own smoothie. It invariably contains banana, a dark leafy green, avocado, cucumber, and some berries with collagen. But there have been MANY mornings I craving orange juice to no end during my pregnancy! I am not going to taint a delicious orange smoothie with greens just for the sake of it. So no greens here! Eat some later!

 

This smoothie does contain a hefty scoop of collagen protein which you can always add more of if you want to brave the risk of having your smoothie taste like animal. VITAL PROTEINS is the best pasture-raised, grass fed collagen protein on the market that I have found. I switched over from Great Lakes last year and have never looked back. A large canister lasts me f-o-r-e-v-e-r and I even got my MIL on the collagen train. She said she noticed a difference in joint pain after just one container and ordered a second immediately!

 

So what are the benefits of being on the Collagen Train? Frequent inclusion of collagen in the diet has positive effects on metabolism, bone growth, joint health, gut repair, and digestion!

 

To up the benefits of this smoothie, I wanted to include a good dose of citrus! Citrus is, in my opinion, not given enough credit in the healthsphere. It is not only high in vitamin C but also in folate and thiamin, as well as rich in flavonoids which are antioxidants that can neutralize the bad effects of oxidation in the body. Banana and coconut give this smoothie a creamy texture while providing additional nutrients, so eat up folks! Fruit can and always will be considered a health food in my book, and it certainly has its place in a healing anti-inflammatory diet!

 

Remember those Orange Julius smoothies? These are SO much better!

 

4 reviews

Healing Orange Cream Smoothie

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, refrigerated whole or chopped and frozen
  • 1 medium Navel orange, peel and pith removed with a knife
  • 2 small Cuties, Halos, mandarins, clementines, or tangerines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder for AIP
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Garnish optional: orange zest, shredded coconut, crushed unsweetened banana chips

Directions

Blend all ingredients together in a Vitamix until smooth. Top with garnishes!

 

Orange-Carob Bliss Balls

 

 

You can add a couple scoops of collagen protein to these Paleo & AIP-friendly energy balls!

 

I was a-hankerin’ for some orange-chocolate flavored something last week while I was working on my cookbook The Healing Kitchen. For someone who is creating several recipes a day, you would think I’d have a fridge chock full of delicious food at all times, but for whatever reason I am usually scrounging but those scrounge-hunts usually turn into the yummiest meals and snacks!

I like to pretend I’m on an episode of Chopped (have I said this before? I feel like I’ve said this before.) and have 3 random ingredients I HAVE to use to produce some elegant dish. Well dates, coconut, chocolate, and orange go really, really well together, so I got lucky on this round. You can really play with the orange flavor in this recipe by upping or decreasing the amount of orange zest. The amount in the recipe as written will give you a nice zing of orange while staying in balance with the carob powder. You can also press the mixture into a parchment lined loaf pan and slice once set to make bars. 

I have a couple other “bliss ball” recipes on G&E because they check off the box for snack, treat, and extra hit of carbs if your body is asking for them – Mint “Chocolate” Truffles & Sticky Antioxidant Energy Bites.

Some of us bloggers recently had a discussion on the prevalence of AIP & Paleo treats. It was a house divided. Half said they self-regulated the amount they put on their blog because they didn’t want readers to perceive them as an allowance to eat treats on a weekly basis. The other half said they felt like they were contributing to the community by doing the hard work being able to provide people following AIP some special recipes to share with friends & family on special occasions.

I was in the latter half. I don’t feel comfortable telling people what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. I’m a firm believer that we should use the Paleo diet as a vehicle to learn what makes us feel good and what does not. Most of the people that follow AIP are adults able to make discriminating and honest decisions each day. I had a full year of being very restrictive with my treat intake and frankly it ignited my perfectionism and fed some disordered eating habits. I will say I am a very different person than who I was a year ago. I think this Hashi’s flare humanized me and forced me to lose control and release my obsession with diet perfection.

I am much more easy going around food these days and overall keep my diet balanced and healthy but by no means perfect. I made coconut milk ice cream in my new INCREDIBLE ice cream maker this weekend. One was the Sweet Potato Ice Cream that will be in The Healing Kitchen (seriously one of my favorite recipes in the book) and “peanut” butter & chocolate using sunflower seed butter and cocoa powder. Both were so creamy and perfect for a late summer treat! I fully enjoyed them both with my husband and friends, and they did add a little special something to our weekend. Even as a blogger, I get a little overwhelmed by the perceived perfection of social media, and I am here to tell you there is no such thing! Enjoy life, enjoy your food, don’t feel guilty about it, but always keep your eye on the prize (healing & longevity)!

 

 

If you like the combination of orange & chocolate, you’ll love these little energy bites that keep in the fridge!

 

 

5 reviews

Orange Carob Bliss Balls

Prep Time 00:10 + 30 min in fridge Cook Time 00:00 Serves 8-10 balls

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed pitted soft medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/4 cup solid coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. Place dates, 2/3 cup shredded coconut, coconut oil, carob, orange zest and juice, and sea salt in a food processor.
  2. Process until dates are broken down and the mixture is sticky. Stir in the remaining 1/3 cup coconut until combined.
  3. Roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls (or larger) and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Enjoy straight from the fridge.