Ever since the weather started to warm up I’ve been on a smoothie kick. Not only are smoothies refreshing, but they’re quick, easy and packed full of any kind of fruit and vegetable your heart desires. So what am I blending up this week? These vitamin C packed orange creamsicle smoothies.
Just like the name says, this smoothie is made by using oranges. In order to create a creamy thick texture I peeled the oranges and added whole segments. If you’re not a fan of pulp you’ll probably want to just use the juice (although the pulp gets blended down a lot). For extra flavor I used the zest of one orange. You’ll be surprised by what a difference it makes! For additional creaminess I tossed in a frozen banana. Once you’ve got the orange segments, the zest and the banana in the blender, go ahead and give it a whirl until it becomes nice and smooth.
Next add the veg. When I make smoothies for myself I always try to use at least one kind of vegetable. Whether it’s spinach, carrots or kale, I think it helps balance out all of the sweetness that the fruit adds. For this smoothie I tossed in a grated carrot. Why a carrot? It’s orange, has very little taste and it’s packed full of beta-carotene and fiber. Last but not least, add in a 5.3 oz container of vanilla flavored Greek (or regular) yogurt and blend until creamy.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 small oranges, peeled and segmented
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- ¼ c. grated carrot
- 1 (5.3oz) container vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
- Combine the orange and carrot in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and continue blending until the mixture is nice and creamy.
-If you like your smoothies on the sweeter side, try adding 1 tbsp. of sugar, honey or agave.
-This smoothie makes 2 (8oz) smoothies or 1 (16oz) smoothie.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple