Orange Banana Protein Smoothie

Orange Banana Protein Smoothie

This is my favorite smoothie, and my go-to when I want something quick and fresh.  It's fast and easy, and I love knowing that it's got whole fruit and no added juice. I make this one for my kids a lot and they love it.  And it reminds me of an old fashioned Orange Julius.

Because you are starting with whole oranges, you don't need to add any extra juice or other liquid to this.  It's great because you get all the fiber and vitamins from the fruit, not just the juice. You can however add a splash of milk or cream (or almond milk) if you want it a little creamier. 

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pineapple, orange & banana green smoothie

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This is a bright and fresh tasting green smoothie to start off our day with a little extra energy.  I think half my kitchen freezer is full of frozen fruit.  Plenty of smoothie recipes call for fresh fruit, but I just like it better with frozen.  I buy extra bananas and just let them ripen on the counter, then break into pieces and freeze.  I also recently had a glut of oranges that we weren't going to get to, so I peeled and cut them into chunks and froze, and I've been using those in smoothies. 

I try to avoid using juice in my smoothies.  It just adds a lot of sugar without all the other nutrients from the fruit.  Instead I prefer to whole fruits and then add other liquid as needed.  In this one today I used my homemade almond milk. 

Ingredients are approximate.  This is a big smoothie - enough for me and four kids - so if you're just making it for yourself I would probably cut this down by at least half.  

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen orange chunks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or to taste)

Blend in a high speed blender until totally smooth. 

Cold fighting smoothie

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I've got a little one with the sniffles and a cough today, so I blended this up for an afternoon snack. Hopefully it will help her feel better. 

Strawberry Banana Orange Smoothie

The measurements are very approximate.

  • a cup or so of Homemade almond milk
  • a cup of orange juice
  • a frozen banana
  • a few slices of frozen oranges
  • a handful of frozen strawberries
  • about a half cup of plain yogurt
  • about a tablespoon of grass fed gelatin
  • about a teaspoon of raw honey

Blend until smooth, adding extra liquid if needed, or a little more frozen fruit if it's not thick enough. 

Purple goodness smoothie

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Today's smoothie:

  • purple carrots
  • purple cabbage
  • frozen strawberries, peaches and bananas
  • unsweetened coconut milk
  • honey
  • ground flax
  • chia seeds

This is the blender I have. It is expensive, but totally worth it if you will use it often. This thing can turn anything into a smooth, creamy puree. If you want to make smoothies, you simply must have a blender this powerful.

Melon, Orange, Banana green smoothie

I am trying to get back to my daily green smoothie habit.  It makes such a difference in my day - I know that I have so much more energy throughout the day if I start out with a green smoothie for breakfast.  I don't have one set recipe I follow, it's just usually a combination of whatever fresh or frozen fruit I have on hand, something green (I really like kale in them; broccoli gives a surprising creaminess), and a little extra liquid (water, coconut milk, sometimes some brewed green tea).  Sometimes I add a little honey for sweetness.  Sometimes I add ground flax, or chia seeds.  Occasionally I will add a little protein powder if I'm feeling like I need a little more of a start to the day. 

Today's was a simple one:

Two kinds of melon - canteloupe and a mystery green melon - diced leftover from dinner last night

Two whole oranges, peeled and cut a little

Two very ripe bananas

One head of broccoli

A little water

Blended in my Vitamix until very smooth.