Save this orange creamsicle smoothie recipe and you’ll have an instant refresher for days to come.
Your Best Dose of Vitamin C
Made with fragrant orange and rich yogurt and laden with dreamy goodness, this sweet-tart treat will give you a fantastically delicious summertime treat. No matter where you are—on your front porch, by the pool, or at your favorite holiday spot—this drink is the perfect thing to sip while sunbathing or sharing stories with friends.
Not just the taste, we also love the fact that there are no tricky ingredients — just fruits, yogurt, milk, mints, and ice. You can leave out the ice for a thicker treat that’s freezer-friendly and can be made ahead. If you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, it’s indeed a must-try.
Our Smoothie Is a Healthy Treat, Too.
From oranges and Greek yogurt alone, you’ll get plenty of vitamin C and small amounts of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, among many others. Since we’ve added bananas to the recipe, it contains extra amounts of the above-mentioned nutrients along with some potassium, too. Getting plenty of micronutrients, after all, is what experts suggest for planning a healthy diet.
What also counts is being considerate of how much added sugar (not sugar from nutrient-dense foods) and calories you consume within the day. To help you take better control of your intakes, we’ve reduced the serving size, so that our drinks have a reasonable nutritional profile. This orange creamsicle smoothie recipe, in particular, has 139 calories, no added sugar, and is about 1 and a half cups in volume.
What Our Smoothie Recipe Calls for
You’ll need orange juice, Greek yogurt for thickness, bananas for extra thickness and sweetness, milk to keep the blender running, mints for garnish, and ice.
Since we all have busy lives, we’re not against canned or bottled products, but we encourage you to read the back and answer these questions: How pure is it? Is it sweetened or artificially flavored? Although safe to consume, an orange-flavored drink doesn’t quite deliver the same nutrition that 100% orange juice does.
Greek yogurt, like any other yogurts, also contains casein, lactose, and whey, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you’re shopping for dairy-free milk products, you might as well look for plant-based alternatives to Greek yogurt.
If you’d prefer a thick and flavor-concentrated bowl of smoothie, skip the ice and freeze the components beforehand. This also makes the smoothie easier to store and reuse.
Without ice, this smoothie can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months, then blended again before serving. Place the servings into small Ziploc bags rather than in just one large bag to avoid dealing with a giant ball of frozen smoothie.
More Orange? Yes, Please!
Loaded with essential nutrients and a palate-brightening taste, it’s no wonder that orange is such a staple part of many’s diet. However, we also know all too well how boring it is to have the exact same thing over and over again. So if you’re ever in the mood for switching things up, give these other orange smoothies a try:
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SaVanna Shoemaker is a registered dietitian and freelance health and wellness writer. She’s passionate about whole food-based eating and holistic nutrition, and uses her platform to help people embrace real food and reduce their sugar and processed food intake. Her work has appeared on Healthline, Greatist, Livestrong, Verywell Health, and more. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and weight lifting.
A refreshing and healthy drink that's perfect for summer. The recipe is simple and the taste is amazing.