Blood orange and banana smoothies are a win-win when it comes to body and soul. The pretty pop of color will keep moods high, and their vitamin C can help shorten the length of time you suffer from an inevitable cold. Blood oranges are closer to red than orange on the inside, and it鈥檚 those darker pigments that make them higher in antioxidants than regular oranges. Score.

Though the name is a bit macabre, blood oranges are a treat to have on hand, for sure. These oranges range in color on the inside from pinkish to ruby red to, well, blood red. On the outside, the skin has a bit of a maroon-ish hue. As far as flavor goes, you won鈥檛 mistake these for something other than oranges.

The National Institute of Health studies indicate that vitamin C, if taken regularly, can also significantly alleviate the severity of the colds. So share this knowledge and pass the smoothies. For this recipe, there will be plenty, as it makes enough for four.

Blood Orange and Banana Smoothies

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into four glasses, and drink immediately.

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(Recipe and photos via Patricia Conte / Brit + Co)