I do not like fruit. The only fruit I can tolerate (usually) are green apples, and even then it takes a lot of convincing for me to eat them. I asked on Facebook for advice about how to get more fruit in my diet, and a few people who responded advised me to try smoothies. Since I am not a yogurt fan either, I didn’t even give it a thought, until I noticed we had a lot of oranges hanging around in my kitchen that were likely going to rot before anyone ate them. Which is a tragedy. Because I hate wasting food.
Enter the smoothie. Since I had no idea about how to make one other than blending yogurt and fruit, I went ahead and searched for my blender – which was not in the kitchen. This means, I can only assume, that it’s still packed in a box somewhere. No biggie, because I have a Magic Bullet that I used to make The Younger’s baby food, and that was unpacked (not sure how that happened, but oh well).
Best. Smoothie. Ever. Um, I can only assume since it’s the only one I’ve ever had, but still! Seriously, I had one as a snack yesterday for the first time (with a few oops), and I had one for breakfast this morning. I had both The Older (who hates yogurt and fruit too) and The Younger (who admittedly eats everything) taste it. Both of their eyes grew wide, and The Older even exclaimed, “I want one when we get home from church!”
- Juice from one (or how ever many you want) oranges. I cannot stress enough the importance of removing all the seeds. I didn’t, and in my first smoothie I bit into one. It was really, really bitter and messed up the whole experience. I actually peeled, de-seeded, blended, and strained the juice this time.
- 1/2 to 1 cup of vanilla yogurt. I used Cabot Greek Yogurt for mine. This is depending on how many people are having smoothies, of course. Add more if more people are drinking. If you’re sticking to the 1/2 to 1 cup, I found that one orange was a good balance.
- 1 cup ice.
- If you like a more bitter/citrus flavor, you can put some orange zest in as well.
Blend all ingredients, and there you have it: A great creamsicle-flavored smoothie! It would be great in the summer too, and I have visions of sitting by the poolside with one of these, perhaps with an umbrella and some sort of ‘adult’ additive?