24 May Orange Creamsicle Smoothie and Why We Should Not Throw Away the Orange Pith!

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Daytime Vegan Meal Plan #22

 

BARELY VEGAN MEAL PLAN #22

BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE:  ORANGE CREAMSICLE
LUNCH:  CHILLED RED PEPPER TOMATO SOUP WITH ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
DINNER:  GARLIC PASTA WITH SMOKED SALMON & ARUGULA

 

Orange Creamsicle SmoothieOrange Creamsicle SmoothieChilled Red Pepper Tomato SoupChilled Red Pepper Tomato SoupGarlic Pasta w/ Smoked Salmon and ArugulaGarlic Pasta w/ Smoked Salmon and Arugula

 

The motivation for this Orange Creamsicle Smoothie recipe was the Orange Flavored Flintstone Push-up Pops!  Do any of you remember eating those as a child?   I ate them ALL THE TIME and they were always one of my favorite treats.   Creamy, cold, sugary, orange perfection!  I wanted to recreate that taste in a smoothie.

This smoothie does not taste like the push-up pops I remember from my childhood unfortunately (I’m still working on that recipe), but it is very very delicious.  It is refreshing and citrusy from the oranges, creamy from the cashew milk, with a hint of sweetness from the dates.  Yum!

I actually blend whole Valencia oranges (peeled of course!) in this smoothie recipe.  I chose not to use freshly squeezed orange juice because I wanted the fiber from the whole fruit, plus I wanted the nutrients from the orange pith.  Orange pith is the bitter white stuff underneath the orange peel.  You know, the stuff we usually try to cut, or pick off,  because it is sooooo bitter!  I’ve always known about the health benefits of orange pith, so I try to leave as much of the pith on an orange as I can when eating one.

Oranges have flavonoids in them, which are powerful antioxidants that can protect our body against a wide range of diseases.  The orange pith actually has the highest concentration of flavanoids; just as much as the flesh of the orange.  One of the most powerful substances in the flavonoids are naringenin.  Research has shown that the naringenin in citrus fruits can inhibit tumor growth by repairing damaged DNA.

If you want to take advantage of ALL the health benefits of oranges, I suggest trying to eat some of the pith.  You will taste a little bit of the bitter pith in this smoothie, but the cashew milk really helps mellow it out.  If you really don’t like orange piths, then start slow.  Maybe cut the pith off of half the orange and leave it on the other half so it won’t taste super bitter.  If you just want a refreshing, smooth-tasting, Orange Creamsicle Smoothie then definitely cut off all the pith.  It will be sweet, citrusy, and perfect!

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5.0 from 4 reviews
Chilled Red Pepper Tomato Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
 
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Recipe type: lunch
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 cup roasted bell peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 basil leaves
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or filtered water
  • ½ cup plain cashew milk homemade (recipe on my website) or store-bought
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Blend everything, except the pumpkin seeds, together in a blender until smooth. Let the soup chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour. This will also give the ingredients time to combine a little more for an even better taste.
  2. Pour the chilled soup in your bowl and garnish with some of the pumpkin seeds. I always eat my soup with a simple veggie sandwich.
Notes
I like to eat this soup chilled, but you could easily warm in up on the stove for a few minutes.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Garlic Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Arugula
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces pasta (½ of a 10oz box), cooked according to the package instructions
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1 ½ lemons
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 cups arugula
Instructions
  1. Place a large pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic for 1 minute, until it starts to soften. Add the lemon juice & dijon mustard and stir. Add the cooked pasta, lemon pepper, & salt to the pan and stir to cover it in olive oil-garlic mixture.
  2. Turn off the heat and stir in the smoked salmon and arugula. The arugula should wilt slightly.
  3. Serve!
Notes
I use the thinly sliced smoked salmon, but if you buy a smoked salmon filet then just cut it into chunks.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 Valencia Oranges, peeled, take out seeds
  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 – 7 dates, pitted (depending on how sweet you want it)
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth.
Notes
Use 2 – 4 tablespoons agave nectar if you don't have dates

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43 Comments
  • Anna Nuttall
    Posted at 07:05h, 24 May Reply

    I like the look of the smoothie – I can imagine this be a nice refreshing drink on a hot summer day. xx

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:33h, 24 May Reply

      It is very refreshing! Thank you!

  • Roch
    Posted at 13:25h, 24 May Reply

    It’s great that these dishes and drinks are both healthy and delicious. If I were to be on a soft diet, I’d surely include these in my meals. The orange creamsicle smoothie looks perfect for the summer.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:33h, 24 May Reply

      It is definitely perfect for summer! Thanks

  • Claire Marie Algarme
    Posted at 14:09h, 24 May Reply

    The smoothie, tomato soup and garlic pasta all look yummy. You never fail to whet my appetite with the healthy food you feature. I always look forward to your next post.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:32h, 24 May Reply

      Thank you very much for the kind words. 🙂

  • Ana
    Posted at 18:35h, 24 May Reply

    Smoothie is my favorite refreshing drink. Thanks for sharing about it. Have pinned it for my future reference.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:36h, 24 May Reply

      Thanks

  • Shawnyce Cano
    Posted at 21:12h, 24 May Reply

    Thanks for the delicious looking recipes! I never thought to keep the pith on an orange unless I was just too lazy to spend time peeling it off! Now, I’ve got another reason!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:51h, 24 May Reply

      lol! Thanks.

  • Amanda Love
    Posted at 06:27h, 25 May Reply

    I really want to try your orange creamsicle. I would like mine sweet however and I usually throw away the pith not I have a reason to use it.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 06:31h, 25 May Reply

      thanks

  • alison
    Posted at 08:31h, 25 May Reply

    That smoothie looks so good. I am putting that on my list for this week. I also love arugula and have never added it to my pasta! Great idea!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:51h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you! I love adding arugula to my pasta!

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 09:57h, 25 May Reply

    I love oranges. The orange smoothie looks really tasty and a really healthy meal supplement.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:51h, 25 May Reply

      Thanks!

  • Jenna
    Posted at 12:55h, 25 May Reply

    That chilled red pepper soup looks and sounds so yummy! I was just thinking yesterday about trying chilled soup. I haven’t yet so this may be first on my list.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:50h, 25 May Reply

      Thanks! Chilled soups are great during hot weather.

  • Amrita
    Posted at 14:45h, 25 May Reply

    Love how deliciously healthy these recipes are I am planning to try out each one of them.
    Lovely pics too

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:50h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you!

  • Roxy C
    Posted at 15:29h, 25 May Reply

    That smoothie and pasta look sooo amazing! I love anything with salmon and almost all pasta dishes! Great recipes!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:50h, 25 May Reply

      Thanks!

  • Shubhada
    Posted at 16:31h, 25 May Reply

    I am falling in love with those smoothies. So healthy and so colorful.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:49h, 25 May Reply

      thanks

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 19:20h, 25 May Reply

    Red pepper Tomato soup looks really yummy. The bright color itself os very appetizing… Gonna try that out.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:12h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you!!

  • Anosa
    Posted at 19:23h, 25 May Reply

    I am loving the smoothie as I love smoothies, this has been an interesting read.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:11h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you!!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 19:53h, 25 May Reply

    I’m at the very end of a Whole30 diet and can’t wait to expand my foods to include legumes and sugars again. I’m worried my food pendulum will swing wildly back to fast foods and junk when I’m finally free from the constraints of Whole30, but then I stumbled on your site and will be using it for lots of food inspiration!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:11h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you so much! That’s why I love eating this way. There aren’t really restrictions, you just try to make the majority of what you eat whole plant foods.

  • Pooja Kawatra
    Posted at 23:20h, 25 May Reply

    Love the way you capture every shot and making it so lively that we are tempted to eat. Such a healthy and yummy option.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:21h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you!!

  • Fred
    Posted at 00:34h, 26 May Reply

    The soup is the most tempting part of this menu for me. Red pepper and Pumpkin in a cream soup sounds positively yummy, I would really like to have some right now.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 01:51h, 26 May Reply

      thank you!!

  • Heather Johnson
    Posted at 01:50h, 26 May Reply

    When I make orange cranberry sauce, I puree the entire orange — peel, pith, and all!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 01:51h, 26 May Reply

      Awesome!!! I’ll have to try using the peel too. I know the peel has many nutrients also. thank you. 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 03:35h, 26 May Reply

    Who doesn’t want to start their day with an orange creamsicle, right? That’s really refreshing and it’s citrus so you can expect a lot of vitamin C too. Tomato soup will always be one of my favorites and it’s really nice that you added red bell pepper into the mix, I’m sure the flavor is awesome! I’m sure the Garlic pasta is just as delightful! What a dish to cap off the night.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 04:28h, 26 May Reply

      lol, I know right! I’ve been drinking it this week and love starting my day with this orange creamy goodness!! Thank you as always. 🙂

  • Jason Panuelos
    Posted at 14:47h, 27 May Reply

    The pasta looks absolutely delicious!! This totally got me craving! 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:03h, 27 May Reply

      Thank you!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 12:43h, 28 May Reply

    I do remember the Flintstone push pops. I loved those too. These sound so good!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:24h, 28 May Reply

      Finally, someone remembers!!!! Thanks 🙂

  • Tiffany Yong
    Posted at 07:02h, 02 June Reply

    The ingredients you’ve used in this meal matters a lot because the vegetables might taste differently depending on the place/ country it came from. I want to try the tomato soup myself sometime!

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