Where are my fellow CHOCOLATE + FRUIT lovers?
For those with food sensitivities or digestive disorders (or just care about your health!), you will be glad to know that this recipe is low FODMAP, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, contains no added sugars, and is made with real food ingredients.
The chocolate + fruit combo seems to be something that people either love or despise. I am definitely on the love train. I mean…it’s CHOCOLATE! How can you not love it?? But..I guess I’ll forgive you if you don’t.
For those who do love the combo, I’ve created a smoothie recipe that is sure to please! It makes the perfect breakfast or snack as it’s got protein, leafy greens, and lots of vitamin C. Plus, it’s super quick and easy to whip up!
I am all about quick & easy for breakfast because mornings are my most productive time. I like to get to work as early as possible (while still getting plenty of beauty sleep!) so that I can make the most of my most productive hours. So that means the longer I spend lounging around or making a a drawn-out breakfast, the less that gets done. And that, my friends, is not something I like.
Health Benefits of Oranges
Let’s talk about the health benefits of oranges for a moment. I’m sure you know that they are an excellent source of vitamin C, but did you know that 1 medium orange also supplies the following in regard to the FDA’s recommended daily values (DV):
- Folate = 12% DV
- Vitamin A = 7% DV
- Calcium = 6% DV
- Vitamin B6 = 5% DV
- Magnesium = 4% DV
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) = 6% DV
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) = 4% DV
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) = 4% DV
- Phosphorous = 3% DV
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin) = 3% DV
- Iron = 1% DV
- Trace amounts of: vitamin E, copper, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc, choline
Oranges & SIBO
I find that most people with SIBO do fine (actually great!) with oranges.
But there are certainly others (myself included) who struggle with them a bit. When I am feeling my best, I can get away with having them. But if I try to eat oranges (or certain other fruits) when my symptoms are not as well controlled, I will end up with a zit on my face within about 12 hours. No fun.
So I don’t tend to make oranges part of my daily routine, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. It means that you should pay attention to your response. They may quite possibly be one of your safest foods. Psst…and check out all its lovely nutrients above!
- 1 medium orange (navel oranges work well because they are juicy)
- 1 handful baby spinach
- ½ medium banana
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (here's the one I use)
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seed protein powder
- 4 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to high-speed blender until smooth. Enjoy!
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