I can’t believe I have not posted a single smoothie recipe before here at LMLD, so let this orange berry smoothie be the very first. I drink a smoothie 2 to 3 times a week for breakfast, usually it is very simple – fruit and juice with the occasional spinach thrown in to make a green smoothie. Although I have titled this, orange berry smoothie, this time around I added additional ingredients – fruit (berries and bananas) juice, yogurt, and milk. Where is the orange you might ask, well it was the juice – fresh squeezed orange juice from my lovely naval orange tree.
We have two orange trees in our yard, the naval and a valencia orange. The valencia was here growing when we moved in, Craig and I planted the naval. Why two? the naval is ripe and ready in the winter (now) and the valencia is ready and ripe in the summer, usually early July. Besides their readiness during 2 different times of the year the two have other characteristics that make them stand out. The valencia orange often is your juicing orange – it is a difficult one to peel but it is packed with sweet, sweet orange goodness ready to become fresh squeezed juice anytime of the year (that is another great thing about the valencia you can leave the fruit on the tree and pick it all year round.) The naval has its belly button – that is why it is called the naval – and it has a thicker peel making it easier to peel and eat fresh.
(Can you see the differences? it is subtle in the picture)
I had an aha moment this week. Often I am too lazy to just peel my oranges so I slice them in half and then each half again into thirds. After that I just bite into that orange piece and pull the delicious orange from its rind and it is wonderful. But I discovered I have been cutting my oranges wrong for eating. I have been cutting them from top to bottom through the center which leaves the white pith still to be removed. If I cross cut my orange the way I would if I was to juice it, the pith is so insignificant, no removal is necessary. Aha! Why has this taken me so long to realize.
(see the white pith you want to remove)
(doesn’t that look easier to enjoy right away)
Have I peaked your interest enough for the orange berry smoothie with all my orange facts and hints, let’s move onto the recipe.
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen berries (Kirtland frozen Triple Berries works well)
- ½ banana (frozen)
- 1 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is great but not necessary)
- 3 oz strawberry Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 to 5 ice cubes
- Add your berries, banana, and juice into your blender or magic bullet
- If using the magic bullet (which I do) press down to pulverize your frozen fruit
- Add the yogurt and vanilla
- Press down again to blend
- Add your milk and ice cubes
- Press down again to pulverize your ice cubes (this could take a minute or two)
- Pour into 2 8 oz glasses and enjoy
- When using the magic bullet, sometimes I need to dislodge my fruit or the ice cubes by shaking the cup container
- Please follow your blender/equipment instructions when it comes to mixing your smoothie
Enjoy drinking to good health with this delicious jam-packed with goodness orange berry smoothie.