Our all-time favorite VIPKid smoothies… to keep you going all day!
If you teach with VIPKid, you probably know what 4am in the morning feels like. You also know that trying to coax your throat into accepting solids that early is more or less on par with attempting the dry cracker challenge… a bit tough. Thankfully, a hundred years ago a man in Wisconsin advocated that spinning blades in cups would greatly advance civilization… turns out he was right.
Smoothies to the rescue.
Not only do they make blending fruit and veggies together into a cold soup totally acceptable, but smoothies are also packed with nutritional goodness. From their high vitamin content, to the oodles of antioxidants that can be found in many foods, smoothies are the perfect companion to the fast-paced online teaching lifestyle.
As a VIPKid teacher, you spend your days empowering and inspiring every child, but we also know that every bright smile comes at an electrolyte cost. So, being enthusiastic smoothie chuggers ourselves, we sat down to compile what we consider the definitive list of the ultimate VIPKid smoothies. We chose each smoothie for a combination of its all-round chug-ability (deliciousness), nutritional benefit and, of course, how orange it is.
Get your smoothie game ready!
1. Orange You Glad It’s 4am
This smoothie will get you out of bed with the energy of a rambunctious hummingbird. If oranges could save the pirates from scurvy, they can definitely save you from a case of the early morning grogs. Packed to the brim with vitamin C, an impressive amount of beta-carotene (vitamin A) and some potassium for good measure, this one is a smoothie lover’s staple.
- 2 bananas cut into pieces
- 1 cup of orange juice (avoid concentrate)
- An orange, peeled and cut into pieces
- ¾ cups of milk (if you’re vegetarian, try almond milk)
- A drop or two of vanilla essence
- 1-2 chopped carrots (or a handful of those pre-peeled baby carrots)
2. Pre-Class Passionfruit n’ Pineapple
Low in chewing, high in reassuringly fancy words like vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. If it’s energy you’re after, it’s thiamin you want. It may sound like the latest invention of a comic book super villain, but thiamin is in fact a B vitamin involved in energy production. Add that to the abundance of antioxidants and vitamins found in spinach, and you’ve got yourself a concoction so healthy you’ll feel ready to take on 6 hours of back-to-back…trial classes!
- A cup of pineapple cubes
- 3 passion fruits (just the insides, else this will be one bitter drink)
- 1 banana cut into pieces
- 2 cups of chopped baby spinach
- 8 ounces of coconut water
3. Call Me Clementine
Did you know that parents are 93% more likely to name their daughter Clementine over Eggplant? Not only did these juicy little balls of delight win big in the name lottery, but they are absolutely loaded with vitamin C. Just a single clementine offers around 60% of your daily vitamin C needs, and this smoothie has 4!
- 3-4 clementines
- A handful of raspberries
- ¼ cup of yogurt (or almond milk if you’re vegetarian)
- Tiny sprinkle of salt (seriously, a heavy hand will get this tasting real odd)
- Half a cup of ice
4. You’re Kidding, Not Kabbage!
Let’s face it, cabbage got a bad rap in our childhoods. But this cruciferous leafy green is just misunderstood. It brings a whole host of good things to the party, including immune-boosting antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin K – did you know that vitamin K even existed? This smoothie is the perfect immune booster and will get you feeling on top of the world in no time. Now the big question is how to add cabbage to a smoothie without offending your taste buds something silly. Try this:
- 2 cups chopped green cabbage
- 1 cup water
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 2 cups chopped pineapple
- Juice of 1/2 lemon