Enjoy this lower-sugar Orange Creamsicle Smoothie that’s full of vitamin C, probiotics, and some hidden veggies (your kids won’t know!). This colorful smoothie is also vegan and gluten-free, and part of myDrink the Rainbow series!
The other day, I was going through some of my older photos and posts on The Fit Cookie and I was reminded of one of my blog series that I occasionally add to now and then (not super frequently, unfortunately). Actually, my Drink the Rainbow smoothie series is pretty much the only blog series I created that I actually stick with.
I’m not great about sticking to schedules (something I’ve struggled with for years!), and while I had created a few other blog series, I haven’t added anything to most of them for a while. I decided it was time to revive the series and add some more posts to it, starting with this Healthy Orange Creamsicle Smoothie!
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This smoothie is a fun way to get your kids to eat more veggies! The combination of carrots and oranges are a perfect way to keep this smoothie a bit lower in sugar so it’s not overly sweet, but my kids still loved it.
I used unsweetened coconut milk (from the carton) and some unsweetened coconut yogurt in this recipe, but you can use just about any unsweetened non-dairy milk that you like. I personally love the unsweetened almond-coconut milk blend (it seems to have the best taste), but I wanted my kids to be able to drink this so I stuck with coconut milk. Have some fun with this recipe and use your favorite non-dairy milk!
Since there are whole carrots and whole oranges in this smoothie (not just juice), it’s also a great way to get all that good plant fiber in your diet. If you are just drinking fruit or vegetable juices, you’ll miss out on the filling fiber that makes fresh produce so great. Stick to the whole fruit or vegetable if you can (something that I actually jsut talked about in my last post!).
Towards the end of the ingredients, I added lemon juice and Stevia drops as an optional add-in. If your oranges aren’t very tart, the lemon juice adds a little tartness to the smoothie, and the Stevia adds a little bit of extra sweetness if you want. Taste your smoothie first and then adjust the flavors to suit what you like.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk from carton, or your favorite non-dairy milk
- 3/4 cup chopped baby carrots
- 5 clementine mandarin oranges peeled and separated
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk yogurt I used So Delicious
- Optional: lemon juice Stevia drops
- Using a small blender or NutriBullet, blend together the carrots and coconut milk until smooth.
- Add in the oranges, and coconut yogurt and blend again until smooth and combined.
- Stir in a little lemon juice (if you need more tartness) or some Stevia drops (if you need more sweetness)