Oranges + Spinach = Happy

August 2, 2008 at 4:39 am 23 comments

I LOVE putting oranges in my green smoothies. They just don’t taste right to me without them! And you should put some in yours too. BECAUSE…the oranges help you to absorb the iron in the spinach or other greens. Get all the iron you can and add an orange!! Yum yum.

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  • 1. leslie  |  August 2, 2008 at 6:19 am

    My green smoothies don’t taste right without fresh lemon, which is just a variation on your theme.

  • 2. dreamingBIGdreams  |  August 2, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Okay I know this is random, and you may have this somewhere on your site, but could you list out your recipes for your smoothies.


  • 3. Yardsnacker  |  August 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Full on YES!

  • 4. Carol  |  August 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the iron tip. I, too, love oranges in mine.

  • 5. hihorosie  |  August 2, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Mmm…yummy! I love this combo as well. And thanks for the iron tip too.

  • 6. Sarah Reid  |  August 2, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I am not physically capable of drinking a green smoothie without at least a few oranges or OJ.

  • 7. Denise  |  August 3, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Do you peel the orange and add the rest of the orange?

  • 8. ashley  |  August 3, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    WOW great tip – i’ll do it!

    What is your green smooothie recipe? (everyone’s is different, and I would like to see what yours is?)

  • 9. Sara  |  August 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Denise…yes, I peel the orange before I put it in. Sometimes I juice the orange instead. Depends on how I feel that day 🙂

  • 10. Lori  |  August 6, 2008 at 4:52 am

    LOVE oranges. LOVE spinach. LOVE green smoothies.
    However, I have learned in the past week that it is NOT wise to drink green smoothies and forget to drink WATER in the heat of summer. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated! EVER!

    All of that passion and enthusiasm comes from a woman who recently spent the night in a hospital with a kidney stone.

    I gave birth twice naturally. Had my second baby at home. I begged them to let me stay on morphine last week. Begged.

    Drink water. Please. That’s all I’ve got to say.

  • 11. livelightly  |  August 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Ashley…my current recipe is:

    1/2 cup fresh pineapple
    1 peeled orange
    2-3 large frozen strawberries
    1 frozen banana
    3 handfuls of spinach
    Enough water to blend and a dash of stevia

    Makes 32 oz. Yum!

  • 12. livelightly  |  August 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    dreamingBIGdreams…you can find the smoothie recipes here:

  • 13. Katie  |  August 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    oh my goodness, i can’t believe i’ve been drinking green shakes for so long w/o putting an orange in them. I just tried this after I read your post, and I AM IN LOVE!! this may replace froz banana as my favorite ingredient. it gave such a little zip! thanks sara!

  • 14. beth  |  August 10, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I too use oranges. just not a whole one, i usually eat half while preparing! Yum! I love your recipe, I will give it a try. here’s mine,
    1/2 orange
    peeled chopped apple
    handfuls of spinach and/or kale
    frozen banana
    agave nectar just a little bit
    I always serve mine over ice, fridge the rest!

  • 15. thereluctantcaterpillar  |  August 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    That picture was calming to my spirit. Thanks for including it! I’ve really enjoyed your blog since I found it last week. I think I’m almost caught up on your back posts! Thanks so much for sharing this part of your life with others.

  • 16. Summer  |  August 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve been looking for ways to get maximum iron absorption from my spinach. Thanks! What about other vit. C foods?

  • 17. S. from The Student Stomach  |  August 21, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Yum yum yum. And if you put in a frozen banana and half a vanilla bean…CREAMSICLE!

  • 18. Jen N.  |  August 28, 2008 at 4:47 am

    I read all of your blogs and check back every few days to see if there is something new. I saw “oranges + spinach = happy” soooo many times, that I started to actually crave this combination (I am a green smoothie lover)!! The last trip to the store, as soon as I saw the spinach, it popped into my head… “I need spinach and oranges!!” I have been enjoying them all week. Thanks for the reminder!


  • 19. kimberly  |  September 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    please post something new !!!!
    a month is a long time-
    miss the new info and updates..

  • 20. Kimberly  |  September 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    wow… that pic is beautiful!!!

  • 21. Josh Neumann  |  October 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I thought you weren’t supposed to mix fruits with vegetables?

  • 22. livelightly  |  October 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Josh…greens are in a different category than broccoli, etc. You can mix greens with anything.

  • 23. sandy  |  October 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    I’ll have to try that. YUM!


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