Vanilla Orange Blossom Smoothie

I just recently returned from a trip to California and had the time of my life touring Los Angeles and Malibu. We saw and ate so many wonderful things on the sunny west coast, but my favorite meal was the afternoon we spent poking around a farmers market in southern Cali. I tried my first homemade empanada (it certainly won’t be my last) and the fresh fruit was amazing. All local and organic, the raspberries, strawberries, and especially the oranges were so flavorful and had that just-picked-taste. Back on the east coast where our local fruit still has a ways to go I saw some oranges at the store yesterday and snatched them right up. This smoothie was inspired by those California oranges the foodie in me will never forget. The perfect wake-me-up breakfast you can take on the morning commute, this orange vanilla smoothie is healthy and nutrient rich but still sweet enough to to keep you coming back for more.

 The first thing you will need is a container of vanilla Greek yogurt (5.3 oz). I use Chobani yogurt in all of my smoothies and parfaits because it is made with all natural ingredients and contains real fruit. Greek yogurts are a healthy snack choice because they contain a higher amount of protein and less sugar than average yogurts not to mention their thick texture can kill cravings for hours. Compared to a typical low fat yogurt, Chobani has up to half the sodium and one third of the carbs.

 Next up is the star of the show: the orange! The one I used was on the larger side, but feel free to use whatever breed and size of orange is currently in season for where you live. In the winter two medium sized clementines can also be substituted! Oranges are the perfect thing to get your brain fired up in the morning: they are made up of 15 grams of simple sugars which are converted into increased brain activity and concentration, and balanced out with dietary fiber to prevent a sugar rush. Additionally, the high levels of vitamin C boost immunities and folic acid prevents the aging of the cardiovascular system (read: oranges are heart healthy!). If these babies aren’t a superfood I don’t know what is.

   You’ll also need 1/2 cup of all natural orange juice for thinning along with 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla for flavor. I added 4 crushed ice cubes as well, it keeps the smoothie cool and adds to the texture! Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and consistent. Cheers to treating your body right!

   Ingredients:

  • One large orange
  • Container of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup all natural orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 crushed ice cubes

Directions:

Add everything to a blender, blend until smooth, and enjoy!

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