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Vibrant and Veganfull (V&V) provides vegan recipes to support health and contributions to sustainability.  V&V also explores ideas and concepts to provide you informed choices for living more sustainably.

With love & hope for a better future for all of us - Jamie

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"Code Yellow" Smoothie

Ah, the dreaded summer "cold." I tried to creep into my house this week. The sniffles, the fatigue, and the overall feeling of "I think I'm getting sick." Nope! Not today. I called a "code yellow" for my family. This code is typically used in a medical environment to prepare for and warn of a potential emergency situation. My body was telling me to prepare for a "war" against something so I whipped up a mix of fruits, veggies, and powerhouse ingredients to ward off the early signs of a cold. The secret weapon? Starfruit. Let me tell you more...

Starfruit has immunity boosting vitamin C to promote white blood cell production (so necessary to fighting the early stages of a cold), and anti-inflammatory characteristics which may help soothe a sore throat. The most interesting fact? "Its juice cuts through mucus and phlegm, making it a popular choice for treating respiratory infections and supporting your overall health." (Source:

Combining starfruit with ginger (germ fighting powers), mango (more Vitamin C), zucchini (which can reduce inflammation), cinnamon (antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory), and coconut water (electrolytes and important for hydration when your body is fighting a cold) makes this smoothie a nutritional "win" for your body; especially when you are in "code yellow" mode. I'm happy to report that we were successful in beating the summer "cold" and I will certainly recall this smoothie for future efforts to combat any viruses or bacteria.


  • 1 starfruit - sliced, peel on and de-seeded

  • 1 cup frozen mango

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (Garden of Life - Plant-based Sport)

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1.5 cups coconut water

  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 fresh zucchini (peel on, chunked)

  • 2 (1-inch each) pieces of fresh ginger (peeled & chopped)

  • Optional Garnish: more starfruit


  1. Place all ingredients (mango through ginger) in the order shown above in a high-powered blender.

  2. If you have a Vitamix with smoothie button, turn on and wait for the blender to automatically stop. Proceed to Step #4.

  3. If you do not have a Vitamix with a smoothie button, turn on blender on low and gradually increase in increments of 20 seconds each all the way up to the highest setting. Use a tamper or scrape down sides as needed and blend until smooth (~4 minutes).

  4. Pour into glasses and top with the optional garnish(es) noted above. Serve & enjoy!

With love & hope for a better future for all of us - Jamie


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