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Goji Berry Orange Smoothie


This Goji Berry Orange Smoothie is chockfull of superfoods and antioxidants that aid the body’s healing process and give the immune system a boost.

Immune-Boosting Goji Berry Orange Smoothie

We love our smoothies! They helped give us a kickstart as we jumped into eating healthier. But we also know that smoothies can be a great way to help our bodies heal, too.

Packing nutrition into your daily smoothies isn’t hard to do, but with the help of other special ingredients it can take those smoothies to the next level.

We were introduced to our friends, Matt and Amanda, when they entered one of our giveaways. They both entered and told us how Amanda had been making amazing smoothies to help Matt, her husband, in his battle against brain cancer. Amanda’s research led her to new ingredients that she began adding to their daily smoothies. Our community requested some of their recipes and they graciously shared two of their favorites.

Immune-Boosting Goji Berry Orange Smoothie

Amanda graciously shared her research with us, too.

Here’s what she found:

The zest of citrus fruits (organic only please!) contain flavonoids that penetrate brain cancer cells and facilitate their death by apoptosis, and lowers the potential for the cancer to invade neighboring, healthy tissues. Citrus juice contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and it also aids the liver in detoxification of carcinogens. Orange and lime juice can also help increase alkalinity in the body. Bananas are full of magnesium and potassium. They release energy slowly to prevent blood sugar spikes and are full of vitamin B6 which can help keep blood levels stable during chemotherapy.

Goji berries aren’t new – they’ve been used in ancient medicine all over Tibet, India, Mongolia, and regions of China. They contain a ton of polyphenols which also stimulate detoxification of blood and elimination of carcinogens in the body.

Healthy fats, protein, alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid from hemp seeds (or hemp hearts) give the lymphatic system a boost. Chia seeds add sustainable energy, antioxidant power, slow absorption of sugars, and add protein.

Coconut water is hydrating and replenish the body, which Amanda says is important for Matt during chemo. Amanda says she recommends the Exotic Superfoods brand because there are no preservatives or additives and is not packaged in boxes lined with BPA.

One of the most amazing ingredients in this orange smoothie is TOCOS, short for Tocopheranols and Tocotrienals. TOCOS are stabilized rice bran solubles that contain numerous vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, Folic acid, Biotin) and minerals like Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine and other Trace Minerals. TOCOS are a potent form of Vitamin E that works as a cancer fighter. And another bonus? TOCOS add a creamy, vanilla flavor which turns this into a powerhouse smoothie that tastes amazing too.

Cancer-Fighting Goji Berry Orange Smoothie

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Goji Berry Orange Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Description

This is another favorite from Matt and Amanda’s smoothie repertoire. Refreshing citrus paired with the natural sweetness of banana and TOCOS makes this.


Scale

Ingredients

  • Zest of 2 organic oranges
  • 2 oranges (peeled and seeded)
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup dried goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons TOCOS (soluble rice bran powder)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Blend the oranges and other ingredients, except the ice, until smooth.
  2. Add the ice and blend again.

We want to know:

Which superfood ingredients do you love adding to supercharge your smoothies?

To read more about Matt and Amanda, please see this post.

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  1. Marsha

    October 5th, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Hi,

    can this recipe be used to boost immunity in the kidney?

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    October 5th, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Marsha,

    Bioflavonoids are important for boosting immunity in your kidneys. The citrus in Amanda’s Goji Berry Orange Smoothie will add some major support for your kidney health!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sydney

    October 5th, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Hey this Recife seems super-tasty and nutritious!
    But very superfoody too.
    Could you recommend swabs due to me not having everything in the House yet?
    Love

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    October 5th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Sydney,

    Of course! Which ingredients are you looking to substitute?

  5. Sydney

    October 6th, 2015 at 3:52 am

    I would like to sustitute the gojis and the TOCOS.
    Through about swapping them with other type of berries ans Vanilla Extrakt.

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    October 6th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Sydney,

    You’re definitely on the right track! When looking to substitute gogi berries, other berries like raspberries, blueberries and strawberries provide great antioxidant benefits! You can also use acai (however this isn’t cheap either). Raw cacao powder would also provide some similar phytochemicals as well as essential minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc.

    We love the vanilla flavor + major vitamin boost TOCOs adds to your green smoothie, but if you don’t have it on hand or not a fan of the price tag, vanilla extract is a great option!

    Hope these tips help!

  7. Shalu

    October 7th, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Hi,

    WHat can I substitute TOCOS with and still get maximum benefit?

    Thanks

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    October 8th, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Hi Shalu,

    Thanks for reaching out! We love TOCOS because it’s packed with Vitamin B + D, and it’s delicious vanilla flavor. Looking to substitute TOCOS but still get the same benefits, adding avocado + oats is a great option! Add a splash of vanilla extract if you want to get the same flavor!

    Hope this helps!

  9. Meaninc

    October 8th, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Where can I buy TOCOS?

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    October 9th, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Hi Meaninc,

    Pick up TOCOS on Amazon.com through the link here…

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XV3YFAO/ref=s9_hps_bw_g121_i4

  11. Robin

    October 19th, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Just made this and it is fabulous. I get canker sores with too much citrus so couldn’t do it every day but I sure enjoyed it for lunch today.

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    October 19th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Robin,

    YAY! Thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know you enjoyed this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Shelby

    October 27th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Haha for some reason when I saw “soluble rice bran powder” out of the corner of my eye I read soluble brain power! Woot! I will definitely be trying this smoothie =]. Love all of you recipes AND the cleanse. Will be buying your smoothie book soon :D.

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    October 28th, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Hi Shelby,

    I bet this recipe will give you some great brain power! Enjoy this recipe + thank you for your support! We can’t believe our book will be hitting shelves in just a few days!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. shanaaz

    October 31st, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Hi.
    Thanks for alll these wonderful ideas. I’m a juicer. I have been using the nutribullet everyday for the past year. These posts just keeps me motivated to experiment with different ingredients.
    I notice that you dont have many recipes with honey. Any particular reason?

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    November 2nd, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Hi Shanaaz,

    We love honey, it’s a great natural sweetener and the perfect addition when you’re looking to sweeten up any recipe. Learn more about our favorite natural sweeteners here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/natural-sweeteners

  17. Sabine

    November 26th, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Hi, this is an awesome recipe, made it for brekkie this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    November 30th, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Rawesome! Thanks for blendin’ with us, Sabine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Christina

    December 9th, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Hi,

    I found this recipe to be a bit bitter, was it b/c of the orange zest? If I didn’t add them or added only zest of one orange maybe it won’t be as bitter.
    Otherwise, the rest of the ingredients are pretty good.
    Christina

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    December 10th, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Hi Christina,

    You may be right. Adding zest is a great way to pack this smoothie with nutrients, but the flavor can be overpowering. If you’re finding the recipe too bitter, cutting back to one orange zest or simply using the oranges for their juice may help! You can also balance the flavors by adding a little bit of a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, banana, or dates.

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/natural-sweeteners

  21. Fenna

    December 30th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    is there also a substitute for TOCOS? Hope to hear from you soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    December 30th, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Fenna,

    Thanks for reaching out! We love TOCOS because itโ€™s packed with Vitamin B + D, and itโ€™s delicious vanilla flavor. Looking to substitute TOCOS but still get the same benefits, adding avocado + oats is a great option! Add a splash of vanilla extract if you want to get the same flavor!

    Hope this helps!

  23. Laura

    January 8th, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I am really interested in the Tocos! I went to Amazon and read reviews and one person said it is high glycemic load. Are you able to post information on this? Loving all of your recipes…trying new ones is so fun!! Thanks!

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    January 8th, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Laura,

    The Chalkboard has a great post on Tocos! Check it out here…

    http://thechalkboardmag.com/vitamin-e-tocos

  25. Gianna

    January 26th, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    hi
    I noticed this recipe has coconut water but I am sure I read somewhere that people with kidney disease shouldn’t drink coconut water. My husband has kidney cancer and I just wanted to make sure it was safe for him before giving it to him.

    Thanks

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    January 27th, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Hi Gianna,

    We’re green smoothie lovin’ rawkstars all right, but we’re not doctors or nutritionists. We suggest you talk with your doctor about any health concernsโ€” I’m sure they can help you decide what is best for you and your husband.

    Cheers to health + happiness!

  27. Patty

    February 3rd, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Hello ladies! Saw you on the Drs. today. I have been trying to figure out a healthy choice for breakfast in the morning. Really want it be healthy, filling and easy. The green smoothie looks like it fits the bill! I’ve been avidly reading your information on this webpage. Can the green smoothie be made the night before?

  28. SGS Rawkstar

    February 3rd, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Patty,

    YAY! We’re so excited to hear you saw us on The Doctors today! Our Goji Berry Orange Smoothie is a power-packed recipe! You can turn any of our recipes into a delicious, healthy, simple + quick meal replacement by adding protein + healthy fats. We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Check out our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

    You can definitely make our recipes the night before! They’ll keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to two days. Adding a small amount of lemon juice will also help preserve all of their green goodness.

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Sam

    February 5th, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Hi,

    Can i check how long can a smoothie be kept?

    Thanks!

  30. SGS Rawkstar

    February 7th, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Sam,

    Thanks for reaching out! Our recipes will keep in your fridge for up to two days in an airtight container. We suggest adding a small amount of lemon juice to help preserve all of their green goodness!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Ann

    February 10th, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Would you or have you used MACA powder in any of your smoothies?

  32. SGS Rawkstar

    February 10th, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Ann,

    We love adding raw maca powder to green smoothies! Not only will it add a slighty, sweet, malted flavor to your smoothie, but it also works as a natural pain reliever and mood and energy booster!

    Try adding some raw mighty maca powder along with creamy ingredients like bananas and avocado to your next green smoothie. And just an FYI: taking too much maca may throw your hormones out of whack, so make sure to consult with your health care provider before incorporating this into your green smoothie routine.

    After consulting your health care provider, we suggest adding 1/2 tsp to your smoothie.

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

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