This Orange Creamsicle Smoothie tastes like an Orange Creamsicle popsicle, but healthier! It’s perfectly refreshing and only requires four ingredients.
My routine has changed so much in the last three weeks–the major difference being that I used to, you know, go places. This shift to staying home every day has resulted in some changes to my eating habits.
My old schedule used to look something like this. Wake up and quickly eat some sort of small breakfast (often toast) before rushing off to work. Teach all morning, and then realize by noon that I’m absolutely ravaged with hunger. Like, the dry-mouthed, light-headed, not-thinking-clearly type of hunger. At which point I would scarf down lunch as quickly as possible before teaching again all afternoon.
Now that I work from home for the foreseeable future, things have become a bit more balanced. For one, I now have time to eat an actual, respectable breakfast in the morning. And then when I start to feel a little hungry a few hours later, I make a mid-morning smoothie. My former self–the teacher who used to consider herself lucky if she remembered to bring a granola bar to work–would never have dreamed of such a luxury.
It’s orange season, so naturally I’ve been making orange smoothies all week. I try to eat mostly seasonal produce, because it has the freshest taste and it’s often grown closer to home. (Though this depends on where you shop and the type of produce you get. Some grocery stores stock imported produce even during local harvesting seasons, and there’s no local orange season here in Pennsylvania.) But it’s orange season right now in the states where they’re grown, and my grocery store had them for $0.50 a piece this week. So, I bought a bunch of them and got to work perfecting my recipe for these refreshing Orange Creamsicle Smoothies.
How to make Orange Creamsicle Smoothies
All you’ll need is an orange, yogurt, honey, and ice. Zest and peel the orange, then blend all the ingredients together in the blender. That’s it! You could also throw a two-inch piece of the peel into the blender if you don’t feel like grating the orange zest. This will work just fine as long as you have a powerful blender.
- Tropical Creamsicle (my favorite) — instead of yogurt, use three-quarters of a cup of coconut milk.
- Chocolate Covered Orange (my husband’s favorite) — add two teaspoons of cocoa powder.
- Orange Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie — add a quarter cup of quick oats to bulk it up a bit if you want to stay full longer.
Orange Creamsicle Smoothies
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 orange peeled
- ¾ cup vanilla yogurt
- 3 tbsp honey
- 8 ice cubes (1 tray)
- Zest the orange with a fine grater.
- Peel the orange. No need to remove all the fibers or break it down into wedges, because it's all going in the blender.
- Put the orange, zest, yogurt, honey, and ice in the blender. Blend until smooth.