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Limey Orange Smoothie

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    Here’s a smoothie that even Bugs Bunny would go crazy for. Both orange bell pepper and carrot contain a surfeit of beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A in the body and functions to improve bone, eye, and immune health.

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    Limey Orange Smoothie

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup (180 mL) water
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain Greek, Skyr, or coconut-based yogurt
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped carrot
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped orange bell pepper
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) honey
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) cashew butter
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) lime zest
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) allspice

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories325
    • protein15g
    • fat9g
      • saturated fat2g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates53g
      • sugars38g
      • fibre6g
    • sodium51mg

    Directions

    01

    Into high-speed blender container, place all ingredients in the order listed. Blend until smooth. For a fancy presentation, pour into a large champagne goblet rimmed with coconut and lime zest.

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