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Tangy and Sweet Superfood Smoothie


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

Superfood smoothies give us a kickstart as we jump into eating healthier. But we also know they can be a great way to help our bodies heal, too.

superfood smoothie on cutting board with whole ingredients surrounding it

Packing nutrition into a daily smoothie isn’t hard to do. Yet superfoods can take that smoothie’s nutrition, and your health, to the next level.

Rawkstars Matt and Amanda entered one of our giveaways a few years ago. They shared how Amanda started making superfood smoothie recipes to help Matt, her husband, in his battle against brain cancer.

Superfood smoothie with oranges, goji berries and limes.

Health Benefits in Superfood Smoothie

Amanda’s research led her to new ingredients that she began adding to their daily smoothies. In addition, our community requested some of their recipes and they graciously shared their favorite superfood smoothie below, along with their research.

Citrus fruit

The zest of citrus fruits (organic only please!) contain flavonoids that penetrate brain cancer cells and facilitate their death by apoptosis. They also lower the potential for the cancer to invade neighboring, healthy tissues. Citrus juice contains vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that aids the liver in detoxification of carcinogens.

Also, orange and lime juice can help increase alkalinity in the body.

Bananas

Bananas are full of magnesium and potassium. These two minerals release energy slowly to prevent blood sugar spikes. Also, bananas are full of vitamin B6 which can help keep blood levels stable during chemotherapy. The natural sweetness from banana gives this superfood smoothie a delicious boost, while also providing great nutrition.

Goji Berries

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

Hemp Hearts

Healthy fats, protein, alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid from hemp hearts give the lymphatic system a boost. This superfood is gaining in popularity, and can be found in most grocery stores (and is the main ingredient in our Protein Smoothie Boost).

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds add sustainable energy, antioxidant power, slow absorption of sugars, and add protein. Mayan warriors and tarahumara ultra runners both use chia seeds for endurance support.

Coconut Water

Coconut water is hydrating and replenishes the body, which Amanda says is important for Matt during chemo. She buys the Exotic Superfoods brand, because it’s free from preservatives and additives. In addition, it’s also not packaged in boxes lined with BPA.

Also, one of the most amazing ingredients in this orange smoothie is TOCOS, short for Tocopheranols and Tocotrienals. TOCOS is stabilized rice bran solubles. They 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, and other Trace Minerals.

TOCOS are a potent form of Vitamin E that work as a cancer fighter. They also add a creamy, vanilla flavor which turns this into a powerhouse smoothie that tastes amazing too.

Blended orange superfood smoothie with goji berrries.

How to make a superfood smoothie

Making a smoothie as super as this does take some time to shop. Some superfoods are specialty items that are nutrient-dense and sometimes harder to find. To help, I recommend checking out Thrive Market, the online supermarket where I get the best deals on organic, non-GMO superfoods.

Not all superfoods have to be special ordered though. Here are some of my fav plant based options, which can all be found at my local grocery store:

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Orange Superfood Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This refreshing citrus superfood smoothie is paired with the natural sweetness of banana and soluble rice bran powder.


Scale

Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 organic orange
  • 1 orange (peeled and seeded)
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon TOCOS (soluble rice bran powder)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

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

Keywords: goji berry orange smoothie

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Here’s 5 more recipes that use superfoods to enhance the healing process and boost the immune system naturally.

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 8.9.2020 | COMMENTS: 56

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  1. Frankie Navarro says:

    Can you recommend a good smoothie for type 2 diabetes ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Frankie! Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest to any member of our community with health concerns they speak with their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. We want what’s best for you, and your personal physician can help you determine what’s best for you + your body. In the meantime, here’s a link to our favorite low-sugar fruits. It may be a great resource to share with your doctor. 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/low-sugar-fruits-smoothies

  2. Lizbeth Harvey says:

    Hi there! I found you through google search and im intrigued and excited to try some of your smoothies! I am just a bit of a loss as to where can I find TOCOS? I’m doing research on smoothies because my 2 and 4 year old boys love them and they are a great way to sneak in all the good stuff they need to grow big and strong. Thank you for all the information you share! This is a very neat website!
    With Love,
    Oliver’s and Sebastian’s Mama

    • Amanda Lansdell says:

      Hi just another mom of 2 and 4 year old boys, looking for a better way to fit nutritious foods into my kids diet! Was just going to let you know you can find TOCOS on Amazon.com for around $18!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yes, what Amanda said! You can get these right off Amazon.

      Enjoy 🙂

  3. may hut mui says:

    I have frequent stomach pains, do you have any problem to solve this problem? Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi May,

      Oh no! I am so sorry you’re suffering frequent stomach pains. I wish I could offer more, but unfortunately because I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, I’m not the best person to help. But I’ll definitely be sending plenty of healing vibes your way + hope you feel better soon!

    • Janet ortiz says:

      Hellomy sister has been diagnosed w glioplastoma brain cancer .what is the best smoothie that can reduce the rapud growth of this cancer. .she has to wIt 2 weeks before she s seen for treatment

  4. Laura Ellis says:

    My husband was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Do you have any specific recipes you’d recommend?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Laura,

      I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s diagnosis. We’ll be sending plenty of healing vibes your way!

      You may be interested in reading Amanda + Matt’s story + their green smoothie story.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/why-i-blend/matt-and-amanda

      Also, this is a recipe Amanda made for her husband while he was going through cancer treatment…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/goji-berry-orange-smoothie

  5. Jennifer says:

    Hi I just got diagnosed with lymphoma and begin radiation soon, I had a question about the smoothies, should these be meal replacements or additions to my daily diet? Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Spending plenty of love + healing vibes your way! Our recipes can be used as a healthy snack option in addition to your regular diet or as a meal replacement. When using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

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

  6. Heather G. says:

    i’m trying to find new recipes with goji berry powder. I find the taste of goji berries strong and not fond of it but it is good for you so do you have any other recipes that hide the flavor of goji berries?

    Thanks,
    Heather

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Heather,

      While we don’t have any other goji berries at this time, goji berries are the perfect compliment to our Cucumber Grape Punch Green Smoothie!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/cucumber-grape-punch

  7. Holly says:

    Also, what about juicing an orange versus putting the peeled orange in the smoothie? What’s the difference there?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Holly,

      Thanks for reaching out. We love blending the entire fruit, so you don’t miss out on any of the fruit’s healthy benefits. When juicing you’re missing out on the fruit’s fiber that helps your body feel full + satisfied.

      Cheers!

  8. Holly says:

    What happens if you leave the seeds in fruits like oranges?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Holly,

      Great question! Citrus seeds can be pretty tough on your blender, so we suggest removing them to ensure your smoothie is blended to creamy perfection. Also, some seeds may have small amounts of toxins (to prevent them from being eaten by birds or other animals) which can be tough on your digestion.

      Hope this helps!

  9. Cecilia says:

    Hi! I live in a very small country and there are a lot of ingredients that are very difficult to find!!
    How can I substitute hemp seeds and TOCOS?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Cecilia,

      Feel free to swap out the hemp seeds and TOCOS for another healthy fat + protein :). Here our some of our favorites:

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

      Amazon.com is also a great resource for any hard to find ingredients!

  10. Sophie says:

    Just made this (minus the TOCOS, thinking about ordering) and O M G was it amazing! Seriously, way better than I was expecting (and I love smoothies!). Try this out whether you have the TOCOS or not!

  11. Theresa says:

    Not a fan of the coconut water. It has a diuretic effect on me. I replaced it with green tea, and while it is also a diuretic, it wasn’t so extreme. How does that affect the nutrition combination?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Theresa,

      We love switching up our liquid base options + green tea is a great option for this recipe! It contains a high concentration of polyphenols, which are a specific type of antioxidant. These antioxidants are also known to rejuvenate skin cells and give you a clearer complexion. The caffeine kick will also help if you’re trying to kick a coffee habit!

      Learn more about our favorite liquid base options here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  12. Ann says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

  13. Sam says:

    Hi,

    Can i check how long can a smoothie be kept?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

  14. Patty says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

  15. Gianna says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 concerns— I’m sure they can help you decide what is best for you and your husband.

      Cheers to health + happiness!

  16. Laura says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Laura,

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

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

  17. Fenna says:

    is there also a substitute for TOCOS? Hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Fenna,

      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!

  18. Christina says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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

  19. Sabine says:

    Hi, this is an awesome recipe, made it for brekkie this morning 🙂

  20. shanaaz says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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

  21. Shelby says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

  22. Robin says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Robin,

      YAY! Thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know you enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

  23. Meaninc says:

    Where can I buy TOCOS?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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

  24. Shalu says:

    Hi,

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

    Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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!

  25. Sydney says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Sydney,

      Of course! Which ingredients are you looking to substitute?

      • Sydney says:

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

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        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!

  26. Marsha says:

    Hi,

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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 🙂

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