Looking for sunshine in a glass? Search no further, because I've got just the thing for you. This orange sunshine super powered smoothie is brimming with vitamin c and all things sunny. Banana, orange, and mango are blended with maca and baobab powder to create a smoothie with a sunshiny hue and an ultra-bright taste!
Being on the flip side of my full-time job and in the midst of summer all-the-time-blogger mode affords me a few extra moments to breathe and soak up the awesome things in life.
What I've been enjoying lately: a quick coffee shop trip with my step dad, a leisurely lunch with my sister, a warm summer evening with friends + creamy artichoke dip, gardening with Dan, reading a meditation book in the thin of our city garden (aka our 4th floor balcony with tiny tomato plants, basil sprigs, and an awkwardly high ratio of patio furniture to open deck space), and even trying out new morning smoothie combinations. It's these moments that provide perspective and serve as reminders to cherish the little things because hindsight always seems to color them in the sweetest light.
Since this summer has brought more dreary, rainy days than sunny ones, I figured I'd seek sunshine in a smoothie when it's unavailable in the sky (the obvious answer, right?). Thus, this smoothie is one that came to be in a moment of morning rainspiration this past Tuesday, because there's no room for rain when you have sunshine in a glass.
A banana, orange, and cup of fresh mango are blended with maca and baobab powder to create a sunshiny hue, an ultra-bright taste, and an energizing breakfast. Something about the color of this smoothie really does make me happy; it's hard not to feel lighter and more optimistic when you're staring into a golden abyss of blended fruit...
See what I mean? I bet you're feeling at least a pinch happier after that view.
This smoothie not only looks and tastes great, it also fuels and cares for your body from the inside out thanks to the additions of maca and baobab. Here is the nutritional* rundown on these two superfoods:
Maca | strengthens the body + increases stamina, acts as a caffeine-free energizer, and boosts sexual desire without any adverse effects on hormones.
Baobab | contains 6 times more Vitamin C than oranges (gram for gram), contains 5 times more Potassium than bananas (gram for gram) enhances energy + alertness, hydrates, boosts iron levels in the body, and strengthens the immune system.
Sound Bite | An ethereal, shimmery song by Future Islands
Orange Sunshine Super Powered Smoothie
- 1 ripe and speckled banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1 orange, peeled and de-seeded
- 1 cup fresh mango chunks
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 1 tablespoon baobab powder
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender.
- Blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Matt Robinson says
What an awesome smoothie Ashley, love everything you put in it!
Thanks, Matt! By the way, I feel like I'm seeing your blog everywhere lately (trending on buzzfeed -- so awesome, pinterest, etc), and I'm loving it. You've got some serious talent, and your recipes are always fun and thoughtful!
Cece Leskova says
What a lovely color!!! I'll definitely be trying this recipe out soon!
Thank you, Cece! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Where would I find baobab powder and maca powder? These are new to me.
Hi Katie! I usually purchase them through Organic Burst, but you can also find them on Amazon and Whole Foods carries maca powder. Hope this helps!