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Orange Smoothie (Creamsicle Shake)
This Orange Smoothie is filled with fiber, protein, and over 200% of your daily value of Vitamins C and A! (Plus it tastes like a creamsicle!)
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This recipe is sugar free, low fat, gluten free, and a Trim Healthy Mama E Fuel.
I have been making this smoothie for weeks, and I finally got around to taking the photos and writing down the recipe.
This has become one of my go-to recipes for breakfast or snacks.
It very light and so refreshing for summer (not that I would know very much about summer - it is only in the 50’s today in Montana)!
All of my kids like it as well, because it truly does taste like a Creamsicle!
There are a variety of different sources of nutrition in this Smoothie, so let’s take a look at some of them!
High in antioxidants
Good source of Vitamin C
High in fiber
Boosts brain function
See more about orange nutrition here!
I used Cara Cara oranges for this recipe, because their flavor is so sweet, but you can use any variety of orange you wish!
I like to use my double fermented kefir in this Orange Smoothie, but that is not entirely necessary. If you do not have kefir, you can just use more almond milk.
But I think the kefir helps to make this extra creamy.
Kefir is a powerhouse of nutrition, and I have learned to love it. I do make my own, but I don’t go through it very quickly, so I end up putting my grains in the refrigerator to slow them down.
You can see more about kefir, its nutrition and THM fuel types in my Cherry Kefir Smoothie Recipe.
According to Dr. Axe, here are several key benefits to kefir:
Helps increase bone strength
Supports digestion and fights IBS
Heals skin issues
Can help improves lactose intolerance symptoms
If you are unsure how to make kefir, here is a great tutorial made by Pearl and Serene (authors of the Trim Healthy Mama books). Here is another easy video tutorial.
I also use Baobab Boost powder - but again, this is not completely necessary. But if you have it, I would certainly use it!
Baobab is the newest thing on my list of “Superfoods.” I had never really heard of it until about a year ago.
Here are a few facts about Baobab.
Contains more antioxidants than any food
High in Vitamin C (ten times the amount of Vitamin C in oranges)
Has twice the iron of spinach (and the high Vitamin C content helps you to absorb it)
More than twice the calcium of milk
Has five times the fiber of oats
A great source of potassium (six times more than bananas)
You can see more from my source about Baobab, here!
The first time I made this Orange Smoothie, the taste was great, but the color was a pale yellowish color. (It definitely was not orange.)
That is when I decided to try adding raw carrot to it for color (also a good source of beta-carotene and fiber).
That did the trick, and now my smoothie is a beautiful orange color. The carrot doesn’t really add much flavor, (perhaps a bit) but I do not find it unpleasant at all. I think it adds to the depth of flavors.
A good dash of mineral salt also adds a nice touch to round out the complex flavors in this light and refreshing drink.
Because of the oranges, Baobab and carrot, this refreshing drink has over 200% of your daily Vitamin C and Vitamin A!
Because of the protein found in the cottage cheese and kefir, this can be a complete (light) meal or snack. If you wanted to bump the protein up a bit you could always add a scoop of collagen.
If you are dairy free, you may want to try this Dairy Free Orange Julius Recipe from Mamashire!
So, what do you need for this Orange Smoothie (Creamsicle Shake)?
1 Orange, peeled
½ Cup Low Fat Cottage Cheese
½ Cup Double Fermented Kefir
½ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 ½ Tablespoons Gentle Sweet
1 Tablespoon Baobab
2 Ounces Raw Carrot (About a three inch section)
Dash of Mineral Salt
1 Cup Ice (About 8 ice cubes)
*Note: I was talking about this recipe with a friend, and she mentioned there was a similar recipe in one of the THM cookbooks. I have not seen that recipe, so any similarities are coincidental.
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Orange Smoothie (Creamsicle Shake)
- 1 Orange peeled
- ½ Cup Low Fat Cottage Cheese
- ½ Cup Double Fermented Kefir
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 2 ½ Tablespoons Gentle Sweet
- 1 Tablespoon Baobab
- 2 Ounces Raw Carrot About a three inch section
- Dash of Mineral Salt
- 1 Cup Ice About 8 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients except ice in a blender and blend well, until orange is well-blended.
- Add ice and blend again.
Could you make this as a popsicle - leaving out the ice?
Yes, I think so! That sounds delicious!
Could you use orange extract in place of orange to make it diabetic friendly?
Probably so, but the smoothie would probably be much thinner. You could decrease the other ingredients a bit to compensate. 🙂
Drinking this now...it’s delicious! I didn’t have kefir, so I used about 1/4 cup Greek yogurt and an extra 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk. Thank you for another great recipe!
So glad you are enjoying it!!
This is so delish and refreshing! Thank you, Sarah!
Your recipes are always wonderful!
This is delicious! It tastes just like a creamsicle!
Thank you Jill, I'm so glad you liked it!
This is super yummy! I initially left out the orange ! And it still tasted yummy! I went back and added it and it was amazing ! I also added a cup of mixed greens to get my veggies in and the collagen. Perfect E lunch !
Is it ok to use packaged oranges...I love the shake but I do not like the stringiness from the oranges
I think so, as long as they are not packed in syrup.
Can cashew milk be used instecassiead of almond?
This is absolutely amazing! Delicious!!