Healthy Meal #3: Orange Dreamsicle Breakfast Smoothie
Let’s defy the arctic freeze outside and go on a warm, summer, mental journey, shall we?
Do you remember hot summer days when you were a kid and the ice cream truck would come around? You would be outside playing kickball or hopscotch or roller skating when your supersonic kid hearing would pick up that woozy calliope tune from blocks away and you’d go running into the house like your pants were on fire to beg your mom for a precious quarter because, yes, that’s really all it cost.
You’d say, “Momcanwepleasehavesomemoneytheicecreammaniscominghe’sjust downtheblockandwillbehereanysecond!!!” all in one long, unintelligible sentence, yet Mom always understood. Typically, we were only allowed to buy “Wahoo!” bars which, to me, in hindsight, really don’t seem like that much to exclaim about. They were basically flat, fruity, popsicles. But they were cold and they were sweet and they weren’t homemade, which somehow elevated them to mystical status. Honestly, if my creaky memory serves, I think those ones only cost a dime. (Holy cow! I’m ancient!)
My siblings would occasionally spend their own money to splurge on the chocolate ice cream varieties on which I cannot expound because of my freakish “dis-love” of chocolate. I was a vanilla gal all the way. Still am. Add a little fruit to the vanilla, and I pretty much swoon. Since I’m currently sitting down, I’ll disclose my secret lust for dreamsicles. To me, as a child, there were few things as sunshine-summery as dreamsicles from the ice cream man. Dreamsicles, you know, the mixture of vanilla and orange that swirled together in a push up tube of creamy manna?
Anyway, even as an adult I have a thing for them. That’s why this recipe caught my eye. These days I’m on the hunt for low calorie, fat, and sugar concoctions for breakfast, and this recipe fits the bill! With only a few ingredients, it’s a super simple go to option when you just can’t stomach another bowl of raisin bran or another boiled egg.
It’s also a breath-of-summer dish to consume during the mid-winter freeze with your eyes closed.
Here’s how you make it.
Recipe courtesy of: Cooking Light (modified)
1 cup 2% reduced fat Greek yogurt
2/3 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup chopped, peeled, ripe mango, frozen
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 medium orange, peeled and sliced into segments (Once peeled, turn the orange on its side and cut the orange wedges out of the membrane as you would a grapefruit.)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/2 large banana
Nutritional info per serving: Calories 164, Fat 2.6g, Protein 11g, Fiber 2g Carbs 25g
(These numbers will be slightly higher since I added the honey and banana.)
Place all ingredients in a blender; process one minute or until completely smooth.
Divide mixture evenly between two glasses.
And here’s the printable version.
Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
- 1 cup 2% reduced fat Greek yogurt
- 2/3 cups ice cubes
- 1/2 cup chopped, peeled ripe mango, frozen
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 Medium orange (peeled and sliced into segments without membrane)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 Large banana
|Place all ingredients in a blender; process one minute or until completely smooth.|
|Divide mixture evenly between two glasses.|