I’m Buddy the Elf when it comes to winter. I still shriek sounds of joy at the first snowfall (and every snowfall thereafter). Breathing in the crisp, cold air makes my lungs feel alive. And hikes along the snow-covered banks of the Mississippi etch permanent smile lines into my face. But sometimes, even a good streak of grey days can leave me feeling blue and leave Hallie feeling like a caged animal, craving a Sunshine Smoothie.
So, every morning when I remember, which isn’t every morning, I pop a ray of sunshine—2000 IUs of Vitamin D3. She pops a Flinstone tablet. Literal VitD. And about once a week, if not more, Hal and I drink a glass of sunshine. Figurative VitD. It mostly just makes us happy.
We got hooked on Cookie and Kate’s Clementine Sunshine Smoothie last winter after begging the internet for ideas on what to do with all those clementines going bad on my counter. That smoothie eventually morphed into this—half a ripe banana, a handful of spinach, two peeled clementines, a generous dollop of plain yogurt, and plenty of ice.
I joined the baked donut club years after all the hype. I’ve now joined the green smoothie club in the same fashion. I’m forever a late adopter.
If you walk past our backdoor in the afternoon, you might find us in sweatshirts and thick socks. We turn up the heat to sip. The pale hardwood floors fade to sandy Minnesota lake shores. We can almost hear the waves crashing into the shore. It must be a windy day. Desperation leads to imagination which leads to bright ideas. Like this sunshine smoothie. It’ll make you happy.
Into a high-powered blender, add all ingredients, starting with the clementines and ending with the ice.
Begin blending on low speed for about 30 seconds to bring ice to the bottom of the blender to begin crushing. Slowly turn speed up to high and blend for about a minute or more. You shouldn’t be able to hear ice crushing and the smoothie should have a swirl pattern at the top, coming together and dipping in the middle.
Turn machine off. Smoothie should burp (or a bubble should pop). Sometimes it takes a stern rock of the blender container for this to happen. If your smoothie to too bubbly, add a bit more ice. If your smoothie is too thick, add a bit more water. Note, consistency will vary a bit based on the size of the fruit and ice cubes, as well as the power of the blender.
I’ve made this twice this week. So delicious!
Your blog is basically the prettiest thing I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!! Kinda dying. Congrats, girl!!!!!
Yes for any and everything that makes you feel like a ray of sunshine in the winter! Love it. I have my own little sunshine hitting the blogosphere tomorrow AM and am totally loving your version here, Melissa! I hear you on always being late to the “food party”. I still have yet to embrace the green smoothie (come onnnnnn girl) and just had my first acai bowl last week and smacked myself upside the head for waiting so long. Definitely jump on that train too it you haven’t ;). Happy day Melissa!
I’ve had plenty of acai smoothies but no bowls. I should just go ahead and hop on that too!
This looks so delicious and refreshing!
Winter is a beautiful season, and sometimes needs some help to its brightest self. I love this idea, and I’m going to steal it for my own consumption.
This is deliciousss!!!!
This looks so sunny and happy and perfect for a winter pick me up! Also, this goes without saying, but I’m obsessed with these photos. Gorgeous, lady!!
Thank you lady! That’s a huge compliment coming from your eye.
I love green smoothies! Well…the ones that taste more like fruit than veggies 😉
This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try.
It sounds utterly delicious…but I’m wondering how much of the banana you can taste? I cannot stand the smell or taste of bananas and a lot of the recipes for smoothies that I find seem to include them.
Hey Jennifer! I don’t think it’s too banana-y. It gives it a creamy texture. But if you’d rather skip it, make Cookie and Kate’s recipe plus a handful of spinach. Hope this helps!
I”m always late to trends too. Also, I hate wasting food, so I am always on the lookout for ways to use up aging clementines. This is perfect!
This is solving my dilemma deliciously (half a crate of clementines wasting away in the fruit bowl), huge sigh. Hello breakfast.