Does anyone else love starting their days out with a smoothie? When we’re in a rush or when we’re just not that hungry first thing in the morning, we think a smoothie for breakfast is a great option to have on deck — and they are super convenient, especially when we remember to make smoothie prep jars the night before to save time. We love smoothies because they help us up our daily fruit and veggie intake and get more nutrients in one meal than we typically would.
Powders, such as superfood powders like spirulina, maca powder, and others, are also really great ways to boost your nutrition intake in your morning smoothies. Unfortunately, they can also be fairly pricey. Luckily, there’s a way you can make your own powders. Let’s take a look at the Homemade Vitamin C Powder below.
This Homemade Vitamin C Powder is made from the peels of organic oranges. Why organic? According to the Environmental Working Group, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are among the produce with the highest pesticide residue.
Blogger Larice Feuerstein made this powder by drying the peels of eight organic oranges, pith and all, in her dehydrator. Don’t have a dehydrator? That’s not a problem! According to Larice, “If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can set them out where they won’t be disturbed, for about a week until they are completely dry.” You also have the option to dehydrate the peels in your oven at the lowest temperature setting. Once the peels are dry, blend them into a powder using a coffee mill or blender.
Larice recommends adding a tablespoon of this Homemade Vitamin C Powder to your morning smoothie. If you didn’t know, vitamin C aids the repair and regeneration of tissues, protect against heart disease, and helps your body absorb iron. The more you know!
Want more info on why smoothies are so awesome? We recommend reading 7 Reasons Why Smoothies Can Change Your Life and How to Make an Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie to Help You Feel Your Best. We also recommend trying this Homemade Beet Powder for your smoothies.
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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
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