Flu-Buster Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie

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I’ve been playing nurse for the past few days, doing my best to help Eric beat his flu (and not catch it myself!). We’ve been eating lots of healthy dinner leftovers like Spicy Rainbow Rice & Bean Salad, Ultimate Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf, Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto, and Back on Track Wheat Berry and Bean Salad, sure to give any cold a run for its money.

I also decided to pull out my Winter Flu-Buster Secret Weapon this week…

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Ah Clementine’s, the perfect winter fruit to ward off a cold, don’t you think?

Eric and I have been eating these juicy little delights non-stop, but when he started to feel like he was getting a fever, all he wanted was something COLD to soothe his throat and help his body cool down.

I started thinking about packing vitamin C into a delicious smoothie and then it hit me – Why not make a smoothie based off of one of our favourite childhood popsicles- the Creamsicle?

Yes, this just may work.

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You start by freezing your Clementines, Avocado, and Banana like so:

  • Peel and slice a large ripe banana, freeze
  • Take 1/2 of a small avocado, scoop out flesh, freeze
  • Peel 2-3 Clementines, break into segments, freeze

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Once those are frozen (they must be frozen before making or it won’t work) grab your chilled coconut milk, almond milk, almond extract, lemon, 1 medjool date, and your frozen avocado, banana, and Clementines.

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Place into a blender and blend until smooth. If it is too thick, add a bit more almond milk to thin it out to your desired consistency. It should be very thick and almost like an ice cream shake though.

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The result is a creamy and energizing smoothie, with a hint of orange that will help keep those cold bugs at bay! Eric is pretty much obsessed with this smoothie and he asks for one about 6 times a day.

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Oh, and it would also be delicious with any type of Winter citrus I’m sure.

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Here is to a healthy 2011.

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1 Melissa @ I Never Imagined January 2, 2011

That looks amazing! Eric is a lucky guy! (Aside from the flu, that is…)
:)

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2 GlendaM January 2, 2011

That looks delicious! I think I might have to whip one up. Is it okay to share on Raw Food Rehab’s community site if I attribute? I know lots of people would love it.

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3 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

Sure no prob!

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4 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 2, 2011

O.M.G. This looks incredible. I can’t WAIT to make this! Just another amazing recipe to add to your cookbook!

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5 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) January 2, 2011

Urgh, I hate being sick and have a cold right now so I feel for Eric! You are good at playing nurse though and that smoothie looks amazing.

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6 Devon January 2, 2011

YUM-O!! This is just what we need right now!!

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7 stacey-healthylife January 2, 2011

Great idea. Hope you stay healthy and that Eric is back to feeling better soon.

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8 Bridget January 2, 2011

I hope Eric feels better soon! Lucky for him he’s got you to take care of him, and feed him amazing smoothies :)

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9 Natalie S. January 2, 2011

YUM! I loooove clementines. I really want to try candying clementine peels. Hope Eric feels better!

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10 emma January 2, 2011

You amaze me each day with all the wonderful things you create! I look forward to the day that an “Oh She Glows” cookbook sits proudly on my shelf :-) Happy new year! Here’s to a good one! x x x

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11 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

Thanks Emma…Happy New Year to you too!

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12 Lili January 2, 2011

Make a cook book! PLEASE!
I seriously make something from your recipe page every day.

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13 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

aww thanks! Glad u enjoy them :)

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14 Michelle January 2, 2011

Creamsicle is pretty much my favorite flavor EVER! I used to buy a creamsicle smoothie from booster juice all the time, but this is much healthier. Can’t wait to try it :)

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15 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 2, 2011

Love this!! My dad used to make us creamsicle milkshakes when we were little – definitely making this!

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16 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 2, 2011

This looks incredible!

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17 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 2, 2011

Tell Eric to get well soon! Yum I will have to make one of those smoothies soon :)
Happy New year!

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18 Ashley January 2, 2011

I used to loooove orange creamsicle popsicles. I’m not feeling so hot myself AND I have all of these ingredients. Will definitely be made today!

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19 Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) January 2, 2011

Oh my gosh that looks good! I love clementines (we buy them whenever we seem them at the store), and I love anything orange-cream flavored. I almost wish I had the flu just so that I would have an excuse to make your smoothie ;) .

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20 Rachel (tea and chocolate) January 2, 2011

Oh my goodness this sounds incredible! I hope it works in a non-Vitamix blender.

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21 Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside January 2, 2011

I know this is a winter smoothie to ward off the flu, but my oh my these photos are bringing summer to mind… and I like it!

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22 Allison @ Food For Healing January 2, 2011

creamsicles are so good, if it tasted exactly like that i would be hooked!

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23 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 2, 2011

YUUUM!! I am making oe of these today!

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24 Picky Nicky January 2, 2011

I used to love creamsicles! Nice recipe :)

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25 Dani @ Body By Nature January 2, 2011

Yum! And without that weird flourescent colour!

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26 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

haha u mean that orange colour is not natural? ;)

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27 Victoria January 2, 2011

Hi Angela! I just wanted to say how much I adore your blog. Your recipes are incredible and so helpful for someone like me who doesn’t have much imagination in the kitchen. I”m actually committing to a 30 day vegan challenge this month because I want to see how the changes in my diet really do affect my skin/acne and mood/energy levels. Your blog is definitely going to be my cook book bible haha!

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28 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

thanks hun! Goodluck with your challenge :)

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29 Doc (The Healthy PhD) January 2, 2011

This looks amazing…but how do you bring yourself to drink a smoothie when it’s so cold outside? Yesterday it was 8 deg F and I wanted to stay in a blanket all day!

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30 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

Eric had a fever so all he wanted was something cold!

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31 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 2, 2011

nurse Angela with the best remedy! come to the hospital and serve my patients that, I’m pretty positive they would prefer it 38457398753x better than hosp food, and I have no doubt that they would heal quicker with all those vitamins! Yum!

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32 Halley(Blunder Construction) January 2, 2011

Mmm, if I took to the time to peel all those clementines, 90% would be popped directly into my mouth. Not sure if I’d ever actually get any in the blender :) Creamsicle is should a good smoothie idea!

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33 Camille @ La Bella Vita January 2, 2011

Oh my word, in the words of the Fitnessista this looks “Foodgasmic”. You can not go wrong with creamsicle for brekkies.

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34 Gina January 2, 2011

Medicine that tastes good? Sign me up ;)

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35 Moni'sMeals January 2, 2011

a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!

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36 erica January 2, 2011

you had me at the word creamsicle. i’m such a sucker for creamsicles!

hope eric is feeling better!

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37 Ari January 2, 2011

I think I can eat about 47 clementines in one sitting =] Love the idea for a creamsicle smoothie! You…Are…Amazing!

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38 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 2, 2011

Anything that is called “creamsicle” is a winner in my book! I dont know if they have those thing in canada that are called “orange pushups”. They are like a creamy sorbet ice cream of sorts and you push them up thru a paper tube. Think kiddie ice cream treat. Well if you have ever had one, your smoothie reminds me of the grown up and far more healthy and delish option…and I am so making this!

I can just FEEL any colds/flu vanishing with it. I can feel the healing properties…from here :)

Hope Eric is too. And that he’s on the mend, soon!

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39 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

haha i used to eat those too!!!!

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40 Monica January 2, 2011

This looks 53988583 x better than a creamsicle, I want to go and make one right now, but it’s just a little too cold for me to enjoy one. Yum!!

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41 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 2, 2011

Yum!… and sooo much better than dairy filled shakes/ice cream/smoothies that produce so much mucous. I always cringe when I see people eating ice cream to soothe their throats…

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42 Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) January 2, 2011

This looks divine! I miss creamsicles!

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43 thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 2, 2011

wow! I love clementines, and am desperately in need of a flu buster! thanks!

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44 Andrea January 2, 2011

This looks delicious, I love creamsicles :)

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45 Vanessa January 2, 2011

Oh my! I love clementines and creamsicles!! This looks amazing!!! Happy New Year!

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46 Laura (LunaChickRuns) January 2, 2011

That looks amazing! I used to love creamsicles.

Angela, I don’t think I’ve left you a comment before, but I wanted to say I absolutely love your blog! You are an inspiration to me, and your recipes are to die for. Keep up the great work!!

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47 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

Thanks Laura! Happy New Year :)

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48 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 2, 2011

Mmmmmmm sounds tasty! I’ll have to buy the ingredients the next time I go to the store!

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49 Alaina January 2, 2011

I read the title as Filibuster and I was intrigued! I was pleasantly surprised to see something delicious that will help you feel better too. I hope Eric feels better soon! :-)

Happy 2011!

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50 Katie January 2, 2011

I LOVE LOVE LOVE creamsicle anything. I’ve made orange dreamsicle cookies too.

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51 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 2, 2011

Perfect timing…I think I’m coming down with a cold! Delicious and healthy- what more could you want? :P
Eric is a lucky guy! :)

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52 carlee January 2, 2011

That looks AMAZING.
I love clemetines by themselves, raw, but I’ve always loatheed the taste of orage in my foods, that is besides panda express orange chickn…of course ;)
I think instead I’ll put a new twist to it.
Like strawberry creamsicle :)
What do you think?

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53 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 2, 2011

I totally forgot how much I love creamsicles until you posted this! Can’t wait to try it!

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54 Kelly@rahraw January 2, 2011

Wow, wow, wow… creamsicle and healthy?! That sounds amazing! And being so thick also sounds great! Will add this is my “to try!” pile! :)

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55 ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska January 2, 2011

Oh my! I wish I would get things like this when I was sick! I love my husband dearly but… his idea of a flu-buster would be a burger or something just as absurd.

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56 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 2, 2011

That sounds amazing! And looks JUST like a milkshake!

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57 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 2, 2011

Mmmm that smoothie looks perfectly cool, creamy, and delicious!

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58 Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 2, 2011

I ate clementines by the two’s all December and fought off all colds and flues . . . knock on wood that will continue all winter :)

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59 Emily January 2, 2011

I love that this smoothie idea was based on making Eric feel better (okay, yes, and reliving a childhood memory). I think its sweet that you and Eric make foods that make the other feel good. I also give you tons of credit for playing nurse! I end up being to worried I will get sick :)

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60 Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life January 2, 2011

Your recipes and commitment to making whole, healthy foods are really an inspiration! All the best in 2011.

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61 bitt of raw January 2, 2011

Sounds really yummy. I never think to freeze oranges or clementines. The almond extract seems a little out of place but I will trust you!

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62 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

I find it is very subtle in this amount (1/4 tsp) but it makes the orange flavour pop a bit more!

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63 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 2, 2011

Just don’t put too much almond extract because it can be overwhelming.

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64 Camille January 2, 2011

Oh my gosh, I would eat that even without sickness! Yum!

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65 Lee January 2, 2011

Freezing clementines…what a great idea! This looks divine. You are so creative Angela!

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66 laura January 2, 2011

DROOL!
this looks amazing, and so healthy!

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67 Lew (ashandlewplus2.com) January 2, 2011

Love your pictures… Your Smoothies looks amazing. Ashlee, my wife makes Green Monster smoothies all the time (http://ashandlewplus2.com/2010/09/04/green-monsters-and-greek-yogurt/) and I really love it.. I am looking forward to trying this one.
Lew

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68 Kelly January 2, 2011

I am making that this weekend! I love smoothies. I’ve even started taking Green Monsters to work for lunch. Take care of Eric. I hope you stay flu free.

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69 Natalia@TheHealthScript January 2, 2011

I wish you had posted this earlier! Sadly, I got the flu a few days ago and had to spend New Year’s Eve in bed with NyQuil and a box of Kleenex

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70 Krystina (Basil & Wine) January 2, 2011

Oh man, I MUST have this!

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71 Kat January 2, 2011

This looks super good. I want to make it tomorrow but I have no coconut milk. Is there anything I can substitute it for? I’m also wondering what is the date do for the smoothie. I’m curious!

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72 jodye @ 'scend food January 2, 2011

I’m sorry to hear Eric’s not feeling well. I’m sure you’ll nurse him right back to health. This smoothie sounds absolutely amazing! It looks so decadent and creamy, especially with the addition of avocado!

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73 Kristie January 2, 2011

We have a nice big box of clementines sitting in the kitchen and I think I have a good idea as to what is going to happen to them now! This smoothie sounds BRILLIANT.

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74 Julie @SavvyEats January 2, 2011

I have been eating a ridiculous number of clementines lately. LOVE.

I also feel like I have a cold coming on… scratchy throat and all. This smoothie may need to make an appearance tomorrow to pump up my immune system and soothe my throat!

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75 Julie @SavvyEats January 3, 2011

I couldn’t find any decent bananas or avocados at the co-op, so I replaced them with frozen peaches and mango. DELICIOUS. Especially if topped with some ground nutmeg….it really brings out the flavors!

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76 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 6, 2011

mmm sounds good!

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77 Ashley January 2, 2011

That looks sooo good. I used to love creamsicles.

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78 Mandiee January 2, 2011

Only you could make something as decadent as a creamsicle into a healthy (vegan!) treat sure to bust a flu. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I especially love that you used clementines; I’ve been going crazy for them, too! I hope Eric feels better soon. For extra vitamin C, try giving him cauliflower&&broccoli. Cauliflower (& I think broccoli, too) has more vitamin C than an orange. Cool, huh?

Have a lovely day!
xox

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79 Amy K. @ healthypeanut January 3, 2011

MMMM clementines are the best!!

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80 Stefanie January 3, 2011

As usual, this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it out. Now I just need to go to the grocery store and get some clementines. :)

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81 Sana January 3, 2011

That look soooo perfect for the summer! I really hope it cured eric!

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82 kt January 3, 2011

I spent the last few weeks blending bucco clementines into smoothies the past few weeks, but never thought about freezing them (along with avocados) first. Clever! Thanks again for a fantastic recipe.

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83 Jess@atasteofconfidence January 3, 2011

Looks great!!

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84 Mai January 3, 2011

Looks great!
On an unrelated note, do you use a heart-rate monitor? Is anyone aware of an accurate, but not super expensive one?
Thanks!

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85 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 3, 2011

I have a HRM with my Garmin 305, but I dont use it. I think it works quite well if I remember correctly though.

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86 Tamara Lea January 3, 2011

Thanks for posting another great recipe!

I don’t comment much on your blog, but I read every post. I wanted to take an opportunity to let you know how much I appreciate what you do. Your posts are always so thoughtful, beautiful (great photos!), and fun to read. And your recipes are amazing.

I’m really looking forward to what you have in store for your readers in 2011!

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87 Beatrix January 3, 2011

This smoothie looks so yummy. You really do know how to take care of your man.. Eric is a lucky guy. Hope he feels better soon and here’s to hoping you don’t catch the bug.

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88 Roz January 3, 2011

Lucky Eric!!! (well, for the smoothie, not for the flu) Hope it did the trick and he feels better soon.

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89 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter January 3, 2011

What an absolutely genius smoothie! I REALLY want to try this out!

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90 Heather January 3, 2011

What an amazing recipe. I just made this for my boys for their back to school breakfast and they both loved it. I didn’t have the avacodo so I left that out and added a bit of vanilla protein powder for them but it still tasted great. Thanks for the recipe!

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91 Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) January 3, 2011

Yum my favorite flavor is orange. I even love to pair it with chocolate! Thanks for sharing :)

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92 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 3, 2011

Yummmm I love creamsicles in the summer and since I’ve taken to drinking ridiculously cold things in the winter (hello green monsters) this sounds like something I need in my life! I hope Eric is feeling better soon and stay healthy :)

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93 Casey Thomas January 3, 2011

This looks SO freakin’ amazing and yummy! I want it now!! :)

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94 Kate January 3, 2011

That looks simply amazing!!!! :) Thank you for sharing it with us! There is something adventurous about consuming cold stuff in winter. And what better than something that will keep the bad bugs away from us! <3

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95 aubrey @ italktofood January 3, 2011

i just love all your smoothies. They look so thick and decadant.

Happy New Year!

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96 kelli January 3, 2011

This looks delish!!! Can you taste the banana?

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97 Nichole January 3, 2011

I have everything to make this at home except the coconut milk – do you think it would be okay if I omit?

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98 Jessica January 3, 2011

One word: yum! This looks so good, can’t wait to try it for myself :-)

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99 Christine (The Raw Project) January 3, 2011

This looks wonderful, I haven’t had a citrus smoothie in a long time. Poor Eric, I hope he’s feeling better soon!

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100 Beth January 17, 2011

Finally got around to making this wonderful drink this morning.
Fabulous! Fantastic! So thick & creamy.
Who cares if it is -25C outside, I’ve got a huge Creamsicle smoothie to keep me smiling :)

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101 Krista January 27, 2011

My poorly made blender finally bit the dust two days ago. I saw these yesterday and was so determined to make them that I went out just to buy a new blender. I was a little apprehensive about using non-dairy milk (you adopt a dairy-friendly attitude when living in Wisconsin), but I’m so glad that I picked a carton of almond milk! These are great! I had them for a treat last night and used my leftovers for breakfast this morning. Thank you!

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102 Isabelle April 18, 2012

Hey Angela,
I see the Almond Breeze milk on your picture. Have you tried the new President Choice Organic (unsweetened) almond milk?
I have never been a fan of almond milk because of the flavourings, but this one is super yummy. Waiting to finish my stash of oat milk (for me) and Brown rice milk (my daughter’s) and we’ll switch to the PC almond one.
Tried it in the green monsters, yummy !!

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103 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2012

aw so funny that you mentioned the PC organic! JUST picked some up (saw it was the same price as Almond Breeze regular!) and I tried it today….in love. I will have to blog about this for sure.

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104 Isabelle April 18, 2012

how funny is this?
Have just printed 9 more recipes from your amazing blog. I’m going to spend my life in the kitchen (would not complain if I had more time)
Have also reorganised my pantry with mason jars, and it looks soooo much better. Also thinking of making my own jams/preserves now too… ;)
Have a great evening,
Isa

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105 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2012

hah that’s awesome! Im glad im not the only one spending too much time in there….well, I hope it’s worth it for you and you enjoy them!

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106 Isabelle April 18, 2012

I always spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s in the blood. My brother is a chef (and teacher), our parents owned a hotel restaurant in France (on an island on the western coast), and for me food has to be home made and super tasty and healthy. And I want my kids to grow like this too… they have to know what “real” food taste like!

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107 Lorell July 18, 2012

I made this smoothie for dh today, since he’s fighting a cold. I had some extra, so I had a little and gave the rest to my four kids. It was awesomely delicious! My youngest boy finished his off and then spent the next few minutes tipping the cup at many different angles to get every possible drop…:D. It was definitely a hit at our house, and I never knew an avocado would taste so good in a smooothie!

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108 Liz Rae August 28, 2013

Sounds delicious, however banana and Clementine do not mix together, a sweet fruit and acid fruit counteract each other and can cause more damage than good. Maybe make it without the banana and dates?

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109 Laurel December 11, 2013

Can’t wait to try this one!

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110 PinaColada March 20, 2014

This looks so delicious! I’ve always heard not to eat cold/frozen foods when I have a cold but this looks so good that I would disregard that advice! Plus the Vit. C in the clementines is100% good for colds! :)

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111 Tiffany April 20, 2014

Angela, I’ve been making this smoothly at least 3 times a week! It is delicious!! I don’t usually have coconut cream so I leave that out and reduce the cashew milk to 3/4cup or less to make it extra thick and creamy. Thank you so much!!

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112 Laura July 2, 2014

I’m sorry, but I’m really confused. Are you supposed to freeze the flesh of the acovado, or discard it? How are you supposed to get the cream from the top of the coconut milk? Is the watery part of the coconut milk the rest of the can contents minus the cream? If I want to use another kind of milk instead would I still need to use another 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp? Does the almond milk, almond extract, lemon, and date also have to be chilled? I’m pretty new to smoothies and eating healthy in general, so a lot of this stuff is really unfamiliar to me.

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113 Lindsay August 6, 2014

Is that a lemon I see in the picture of the preparation for freezing the fruits? I didn’t see lemon anywhere in the directions so I’m just wondering how to incorporate it…?

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114 Lindsay August 6, 2014

Nvm sorry I see that you use it for its juice. It was just confusing bc the directions are for preparing to freeze avocado, clementines &banana but the picture is of a lemon instead of an avocado so I didn’t understand.

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115 Leah March 18, 2015

This was delicious! I ran out of lemon, but it was still good! Thanks for another great recipe :)

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116 Julie Ann February 2, 2016

This looks fantastic! I’ve been loving cutie’s clementines, just made jumbo muffins from the Secret Life of Walter Mitty movie’s clementine cake recipe, and used the rest to create a Cuties Vinaigrette (saltsugarsea.com/orange-vinaigrette), but clearly I need to make a trip to store for more as I’m currently nursing my baby with tissue stuffed in both nostrils :(. I’m trying it today for sure!

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117 Laura March 14, 2016

YUMMM!! I just searched your site for “flu” and stumbled across this, since I’ve been battling a nasty cold for the past two days- I knew you would have something that would help me! It was just what I needed to get some vitamin C in my belly and soothe my sore throat. I didn’t have coconut milk so I just used a mix of homemade almond milk and coconut water. I also added in some mangos. So good!

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118 Angela Liddon March 17, 2016

I’m glad this smoothie helped, Laura – get well soon!

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