Winter Morning Anti-Venom Smoothie

Winter Anti-Venom SmoothieGosh, that’s a terrible name for a smoothie isn’t it? I’m not the most creative person when it comes to naming things, I think if I ever had kids I’d probably end up calling them Child 1, Child 2 etc. I’m surprised my cat isn’t just called Cat! 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

The thought behind this smoothie is a lot better than the name at least! We’re getting deeper and deeper into winter, at least we are in the northern hemisphere anyway, and these cold mornings are getting harder to bear with every temperature job. I made this smoothie as a way to inject a little sunshine into those dark, cold mornings and get you ready to face the day! 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

It’s full of summery flavours to trick your brain and tongue into thinking summer hasn’t left us out in the cold and it’s full of lots of goodness to keep your body ticking while the winter wages war against your immune system! Blueberries are considered super foods by some due to their antioxidants, but they’re also chock full of Vitamin C to give your immune system a boost! The orange juice helps with that too of course, plus it’s a great source of potassium. 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

Strawberries also have lots of antioxidants and yet more Vitamin C. And mangoes? You guessed it, more Vitamin C. Watch those winter colds try and catch you now! Mangoes are also a good source of Vitamin A which is good for your skin, and let’s face it skin needs all the care it can get in this harsh weather! And then there’s the spinach, full of everything good – iron (to keep your energy levels up) and Vitamin K (for your bones), plus more Vitamin A, C and antioxidants! I won’t lie, I’m not health expert and I’m not sure how much of your daily recommended vitamin intake this smoothie would get you (if anybody knows more about this subject and wants to do the math for me, please do!!) but I think it’s safe to say it’s a good boost to get you going in the morning. You could even double up and give yourself another boost for your afternoon snack! 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

It’s not just your immune system getting a helping hand with this smoothie, it also contains one of my favourite smoothie ingredients – kefir milk! Kefir milk is full of tummy loving bacteria to keep your digestive system nice and healthy – which is extra good because winter is when Norovirus most likes to strike (aka the winter vomiting bug), mostly because we all stay huddled up close together in winter so it spreads easy. Your tummy needs all the help it can get to avoid catching it (I got it just after celebrating my first thanksgiving last year, it was no fun!). Kefir milk is a great source of protein too.

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

The best part though is that it tastes yummy and is an easy and filling breakfast! What more could you want!!

I had originally planned to post my first Christmas recipe today, but to be honest with you I’m still not feeling great and I didn’t think I’d be able to muster up enough excitement to get you all in the festive spirit! Besides, I thought maybe writing about vitamins might help me feel a little healthier… stranger things have happened!

I’m going to bring this health-boosting, winter-busting smoothie along to Fiesta Friday this week in the hopes it’ll give the party goers a quick boost to keep them partying throughout the weekend! I’m sure our returning co-hosts, Tracy and Stephanie, could use it too!

I will have some Christmas fun up for you soon, I’m sure! Come hang out with me on social media to get a preview on the festive treats I’ve been baking and see what’s going on in my kitchen in real time, and come chat too! Friends are always welcome! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Bloglovin’ 

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Winter Morning Anti-Venom Smoothie
Serves 1
An easy, filling breakfast smoothie to get you going on these cold winter mornings and help you fight off the nasty things winter can bring!
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  1. 1 packed cup spinach, raw
  2. 1 cup kefir milk*
  3. 1 cup orange juice*
  4. 1 frozen banana
  5. 1/2 cup blueberries
  6. 2 cups mango
  7. 1 cup strawberries
  1. Place the spinach, kefir and orange juice in your blender and blitz until spinach is well cut up.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blitz until smooth.
  3. Drink immediately or keep in fridge overnight ready for breakfast.
  1. *If you're not able to get kefir milk, substitute with greek yogurt. It won't have the good bacteria in it like kefir, but is still a good source of protein and will give the same taste.
  2. *You can use fresh squeezed orange juice or store bought (use not from concentrate for best health benefits and taste)
  3. To make sure the smoothie is nice and cold, freeze fruits first. Make sure at least the banana is frozen for the best texture
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  1. Jhuls says:

    Haha! At first I thought ‘Is this smoothie for vampires?’ This must be because I am currently watching The Vampire Diaries series. πŸ˜€

    I am not good in naming things either, Michelle, or titles, categorizing stuffs, etc.

    Btw, the smoothie looks so good and I could use a glass. πŸ™‚

  2. Hilda says:

    I feel healthier just thinking about your smoothie. I have everything except the mango, so I’ll make a mango-less version for breakfast. I think it should still be good.

    • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says:

      I think it’ll still be yummy without the mango, if you have any pineapple I bet that would help give it that summery feel. But even without the tropical fruits, I’m sure it’ll still be great and give you a nice healthy boost!

      I hope you like it!

  3. Jing says:

    LOL love the opening of this post. It would be so much easier to get up if I have this smoothie ready in the morning. Look at all these healthy nutrition and who can resist mango!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I loveeeeee LOVE LOVE smoothies, YUM!! This sounds really energizing too, and easy!! Thanks for sharing, I love it- that pic makes me want to take a big slurp πŸ™‚ Happy Fiesta Friday Michelle! (ps- did I ever tell you Michelle is my middle name?! I always wished it was my first!)- have a great weekend!

    • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says:

      You can’t beat a good smoothie, can you? They make for a great easy breakfast too, so you can’t really go wrong! I have them as snacks sometimes too, to quell my sugar craving!
      No you didn’t tell me that, great middle name πŸ˜‰ haha! It was almost my middle name too, but then my mum swapped my names around lol. Happy FF Stephanie, I hope you have fun hosting again!

  5. Tracy @ Scratch It says:

    Yuuumm! Gorgeous smoothies and I love your jars! Although the anti-venmon definitely made me chuckle. Hey, I don’t think anyone has ever complained about or turned away an anti-venmon when needed so I think it fits this smoothie perfectly! πŸ˜€ Happy Fiesta Friday!

  6. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says:

    This looks like a delicious smoothie! And I had to laugh about your naming comments…we did have a dog growing up that was named Puppy…my dad originally didn’t want to keep him and then the name stuck! Thanks for sharing it with us at #FoodieFridays…I think I might try it this weekend!

  7. Nicole Neverman says:

    Thank you so much for attending week 11 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. This smoothie sounds awesome! I actually just got home from the mall where I brought some of these glasses. So excited to use them! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  8. Andrea Fogleman says:

    I’ve never tried Kefir Milk, but this sounds tasty. Thank you for sharing and linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays. This post has been shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful week.

  9. Carrie This Home says:

    I absolutely hate being cold so in a lot of ways I dread winter. This smoothie looks like a delicious way to make me smile on a cold morning! I’m a huge smoothie fan since they can be so healthy and packed with nutrients.
    So glad you shared this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog hop–this will be one of my fav features at our next party!

  10. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas says:

    We need all the help we can get during these ever growing cold mornings, the colour of this smoothie alone is enough to give you a boost. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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