Let’s Dance: Tangerine Tango

Tangerine turmeric antioxidant smoothie
Signs of Spring are fleeting in many areas of the country, but Daylight Savings Time tells us it’s coming soon, right? I know many of you are hoping that the first day of Spring (March 21st) will herald the end of this seemingly never-ending frigid winter, and I’m sending positive energy and today’s bright, sunny, Tangerine Turmeric Energy Smoothie your way!Tangerine turmeric energy smoothie

Spring also means tangerines are in season – hooray!! You should start seeing them in the stores soon. I adore tangerines for their burst of sweetness and easy peeling – especially Ojai Pixie Tangerines which are a super sweet variety grown in nearby Ojai, California. They are a cross between a Kincy, King and Dancy Tangerine and have no pesky seeds, which always pleases the American consumer.

Ojai Pixie Tangerine

Two years ago, I was part of a fun and informative two-day tour with Melissa’s Produce of several Ojai tangerine growers and learned all kind of interesting facts about tangerines – like did you know all mandarins are tangerines, but not all tangerines are mandarins. Say what? Yes, Mandarins, Satsumas, Clementines,  Pixies, Honey, Halo, etc. they’re all different tangerine varieties.

Pixie Tangerine, tangerine, grower tour, Ojai

Ojai pixie tangerines, tangerines

Pixie Tangerine, tangerine, grower tour, Ojai

Along with tangerines, my latest craze is for the spice turmeric. A staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for thousands of years, turmeric is an orange-colored spice imported from India and part of the ginger family that lends its golden color to curries and stews and is often used as a substitute for saffron. Long recognized for its healing power by ayurvedic and Chinese medicine practitioners to clear infections and inflammations on the inside and outside of the body, university medical research has Western medicine taking notice of its many healthy benefits as a powerful antioxidant and potent anti-inflammatory.

Tangerine Turmeric Antioxidant Smoothie
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Sweet tangerines combine with carrot, avocado, turmeric, and chia seeds for an antioxidant power smoothie.
Serves: 2 smoothies
  • 2 Ojai Pixie tangerines, peeled
  • 1 large organic carrot, unpeeled
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Dole milled chia seeds
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • Cut carrot into large chunks. Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix and process until smooth.

tangerine turmeric smoothie, antioxidant smoothie

tangerine turmeric smoothie, energy smoothie, turmeric




5 Responses to “Let’s Dance: Tangerine Tango”

  1. I am addicted to halos right now, so delicious! Love all the flavors you included in this lovely smoothie, it would definitely kick start your day! BTW-I finally added you to my blogs I love Pinterest board, it was long overdue. Sending hugs, Terra

  2. shockinglydelicious March 13 at 7:52 am #

    That sounds terriffic!

  3. sippitysup March 13 at 4:23 pm #

    As a fan of the tangerine I just want to say I love those glasses. GREG

  4. Alice D'Antoni Phillips March 14 at 4:17 pm #

    I’m in love!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, to have that now!

  5. Nami | Just One Cookbook March 15 at 8:31 pm #

    This sounds delicious! Everytime VItamix comes to Costco, I’m really tempted to buy…I think I’d be happy to do juice dieting once I buy it, but that might make it harder to blog about Japanese food. =P Kids will be thrilled to drink delicious smoothies like this!!

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