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Eat Well Jul. 18. 2013
Beverages

Orange NOcreamsicle Smoothie

Jul. 18. 2013
Beverages
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Orange NOcreamsicle. You may be thinking “McKel, what?”. If you’re from the US, we’re all very familiar with the orange cream popsicle as a favorite frozen treat. If you’re not familiar with it, an orange cream popsicle is a frozen dessert with a thick ice cream-like center surrounded by a super sweet orange icy popsicle. I absolutely love this combination of the bright and refreshing orange with the thick creamy vanilla flavored center. What I don’t love about it, are the ingredients used to make this popular cold treat. Today I share with you one of my favorite variations on a Stripped Green Smoothie, Orange NOcreamsicle (no-cream, non-dairy, no unnatural sugars).

All the flavors of a classic orange cream popsicle in one healthy glass! Compared to an orange cream popsicle, which contains over 30 ingredients (including the worst offenders high fructose corn syrup, food dyes and more sugar), check here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here to name a few reasons why I’m not a fan of high fructose corn syrup, and why you shouldn’t be either. This Orange NOcreamsicle contains under 7 quality ingredients. You know I enjoy my smoothies post-workout and this is another smoothie perfect for that.

Orange NOcreamsicle is high in easy digesting proteins, simple sugars from the fruit, electrolytes, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and minimal fat- all of which are great for post-workout fuel. What if you’re not drinking/making this recipe after a workout? No problem! Simply cut down the fruit servings to about a half portion of each orange and banana, and add in a serving of healthy fat such as a little coconut oil, flax seed oil, avocado, hemp seeds, almond butter etc. This will be a nice meal in a glass with a greater balance of healthy fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Obviously when adding in the latter ingredients it will change the overall taste of the original recipe, but I like giving you options!

Orange NOcreamsicle Smoothie
Recipe Type: smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A cool, refreshing, and bright smoothie that tastes like an orange cream popsicle treat; but this smoothie is non-dairy! GF V Raw
Ingredients
  • 1-2 medium oranges (about 1 cup total)
  • 1 frozen banana (you may use 1/2 to cut down on the sugar content)
  • 1 cup organic cucumber
  • 1 cup organic romaine lettuce (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein (of your choice)
  • 1/2-1 cup unsweetened almond milk (more for a thinner consistency)
  • dash of cinnamon to taste
  • 1/2 cup ice (more if you’d like a thicker consistency)
Instructions
  1. Simply blend in your Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and smooth. If you’re not using a high speed blender you may have a lumpy consistency with the greens used. In this situation I would first blend all the greens you’re using with the almond milk/liquid until smooth, then continue adding in the remaining ingredients!
  2. Serve with a straw.
  3. ENJOY!
Calories: 400 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 70 (net 57) Sugar: 38 Fiber: 13 Protein: 32

TIP // You can always cut this serving in half to lower the calories if you’re also eating a full breakfast along with it or simply watching your carbohydrate intake. I typically have this post-workout so I’m perfectly okay with all these glorious calories coming from healthy sources to refuel my muscles.

As with all my recipes, cater it to your needs and taste preferences and have fun with it! This is also a great smoothie to serve to kids because the greens are “hidden” since they’re such a light color and the strong flavors of orange, banana, and vanilla will overpower the greens. Similarly to the All Bluebs Smoothie!

Any memories of having your first creamsicle? Have you ever tried one? Share below, I’d love to hear your comments!

Happy blending,

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 medium oranges (about 1 cup total)
  • 1 frozen banana (you may use 1/2 to cut down on the sugar content)
  • 1 cup organic cucumber
  • 1 cup organic romaine lettuce (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein (of your choice)
  • 1/2-1 cup unsweetened almond milk (more for a thinner consistency)
  • dash of cinnamon to taste
  • 1/2 cup ice (more if you’d like a thicker consistency)

Directions:

  1. Simply blend in your Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and smooth. If you’re not using a high speed blender you may have a lumpy consistency with the greens used. In this situation I would first blend all the greens you’re using with the almond milk/liquid until smooth, then continue adding in the remaining ingredients!
  2. Serve with a straw.
  3. ENJOY!

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  • Kellee

    Hi Mckel,

    Few questions about this recipe as it didn’t turned out as I hoped. Do you have a protein powder to recommend? The one I used overwhelmed all the flavors and I even added another orange to help but it didn’t do the trick.
    Do you juice the oranges before? Even on a high speed blender the pulp was not blended up nicely and left a lot of chewy chunks.

    Thanks for your advice,
    Kellee

  • Amy

    I love your recipes! Can’t wait to try this one. I love orange creamsicles, and am tired of so many putting processed foods in my body. So this will be a sweet treat!

    Thanks!

    • You’re going to love this one then! It tastes just like it and you can always adjust the fruit to make it sweeter or not xx M

  • This sounds so lovely. I love blending oranges into my smoothies this time of year and I just love that you also include romaine and cucumber. I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!

    So happy to have found your site…looking forward to browsing!

  • Gabriela

    Lovedddddddd thissssss!!!!! Love your site.

  • Kylie

    This smoothie is amazing!!! I was looking around my house for a healthy breakfast pre workout didn’t feel like an egg and had no frozen fruit for a smoothie… Plus I’ve been trying to maintain a real food source of vitamin c as a preventative. I only had chocolate protein powder and subbed a squirt of honey for the banana and it was fantastic!! I even printed this recipe so I could have it on hand. Seriously one of my favorites, thank you!
    Ps my four year old wanted to try it, I gave him a sip, wasn’t sure about the green color or texture but he loved it! So kid friendly as well (though idk about protein powder for kids and by no means am I reccomending it)