Braces-Friendly Winter Smoothie Recipe

Once you’ve had a smoothie, you’ve had them all, right? That’s what we thought until we came across Rodale’s Organic Life seasonal smoothie recipes.

This month, we’re featuring their winter smoothie because it’s braces-friendly and a sure way to get your kiddo to eat breakfast. Notice that many of these ingredients are not braces-friendly in their pre-smoothie state. That’s what we love about this recipe—your growing teen is still going to benefit from these nutrient-dense foods even with their orthodontic appliances!

Let us know what you think. If you like this one, we’ll be sure to feature the others as the year goes along.

Rodale’s Organic Life Winter Smoothie

¼ cup carrot juice*
½ cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 3 cups. For more protein, consider adding a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseed or ground hemp seeds. (Make sure they’re ground to keep those little seeds out of the braces!)

*Cook the carrots before blending them for their juice, unless you have a high-powered blender (800 watts or higher).

Stay warm and healthy this winter!