This vitamin C smoothie is packed with fruits and rose hips belonging to vitamin C boosters that supply your body with a daily dose. This vitamin C shake also contains chia seeds for better digestion and dairy-free almond milk that helps to achieve a creamy texture.
I am thankful to those who invented smoothies as they are an easy way to get vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients into our body with no fuss. And I am not talking only about fruits. You can secretly sneak in ingredients that mainly kids would not like to see on their plates. Like chia seeds, linen seeds, raw vegetables such as red pepper or broccoli or in my case rosehips.
This is the time of the year when people search for drinks high in vitamin C to be prepared for the cold season. It’s actually commonly advised to get your vitamin C intake from foods rather than supplements for better results. The good news is you can get your daily dosage of vitamin C from a vitamin booster smoothie and don’t need to buy any supplements.
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vitamin C benefits
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin that our body is not able to produce nor store. Thus we need a daily supply. In times of stress, illness or infection we need to increase the daily supply.
Luckily, vitamin C can be found in many fruits (kiwi, oranges, mango, berries) and vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts or parsley. One of the highest ranking fruits rich in Vitamin C are actually rose hips.
vitamin c smoothie ingredients
Let’s take a look at what ingredients I selected for this vitamin booster smoothie. Everything in this recipe is natural, no artificial colors or preservatives. Packed with vitamins and other nutrients that keep our body ready for the upcoming season.
Mango is one of the most wanted fruits in our family and that is not only for its taste but also for its texture and nutrients. Mangos are rich in vitamin C fruits that, play important role in forming blood vessels and healthy collagen. They are rich in antioxidant beta-carotene, potassium and folate. On top of all, mango is delicious and gives our immune boosting smoothie taste and a texture. I peel the mango off (but some people eat it all), and cut it into slices.
Berries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Low in calories and high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. All of them are healthy and nutritious and rich in vitamin C. I selected raspberries because I like their taste and my kids too. When it comes to Vitamin C content the highest on the chart are strawberries followed by raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, and grapes.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants. For centuries, they have beed widely recognized as a nutrient-dense addition to healthy diets.
Chia seeds have been prized for their health-protective properties. They may improve digestive health or reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
However, I like to add them to this immune-boosting smoothie recipe as they are full of goodies and almost unnoticeable. They can also thicken the vitamin C shake and therefore control the right consistensy.
I recommend using almond, coconut milk or if you use rosehip syrup instead of rosehip powder you don’t need to add additional liquid to this boosting smoothie.
Rosehips are small, tangy fruits from rose plants that you need to eat just 5 pieces a day to reach the daily doses of vitamin C. (10)
They are also very beneficial for the skin, improving its overall appearance, leaving skin glowing and healthy. I used this healing rosehip oil to make the eye cream that reduces eye lines and this soothing lip balm. Rosehips are full of good stuff but also full of hairy irritating seeds that we don’t want to have in this vitamin C shake.
There are two ways we can handle them.
Make or purchase rosehip syrup
Make or purchase rosehip powder
If you have fresh rosehips just check if they are soft enough to be mashed in the blender. If not you will have to freeze them overnight to get their flash smooth and easy to mesh.
Use a blender to break them apart.
Now you can decide whether to dry them and make a rosehip powder or turn them into syrup.
Alternatively, use orange peel powder instead to give the smoothie a more citrusy flavor with a similar content of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C smoothie recipe
Peel the mango and cut it into slices or cubes.
Place it in the blender together with frozen raspberries, linen seeds, rosehip powder and almond milk.
pulse the blender until smooth.
Vitamin C shake uses
makes a wonderful breakfast or snack that your kids will enjoy
The great thing is that you can make this smoothie ahead of time and keep it refrigerated for several days.
turn it into a thick smoothie bowl
This vitamin booster smoothie is a fast and simple way to get vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients that we need to protect our bodies in times of illness or when you need to recharge the batteries. No cooking skills required!
The chia seeds have an ability to absorb liquid and therefore thicken the vitamin rich smoothie.
Another trick you can use is to freeze the almond milk before adding it to the blender. I usually freeze a few cubes in the ice cube tray and blend the mixture to thicken it up
Sure you can use any milk (dairy, non dairy) that you have at your disposal. You can even use rosehip tea or syrup instead.
Sure it does, this vitamin booster smoothie is packed with vitamin C and other vitamins and nutrients too which give your body a nice boost.
The best is to store it in the glass container with an airtight lid. That way you can keep it in the fridge for several days.