This creamy, dreamy Sunshine Smoothie is loaded with citrus and tropical fruit, providing just the boost of vitamin C you need to battle winter bugs and winter blues!
Happy “spring forward!” BWAH-ha-ha-hahaha!!! Oh. I’m sorry. Please excuse the maniacal laugh. But if you’re like me — meaning you don’t relish losing a valuable hour of sleep in general and/or you have young children who failed to receive the memo about the whole time change phenomenon and, consequently, make the transition even more painful than it already is — well, this upcoming week will be somewhat of a rough one. On the (very) bright side, at least it won’t be getting dark by 6:00 p.m. anymore. I do love me some daylight into the evening hours.
But the bottom line is that spring is not here quite yet. Across much of the country (hush it, Florida, Arizona, and southern California), chilly temps and even snow are still very much a part of the weather forecast. And so I have finally decided that if sunny weather’s not in any hurry to come to me…why, I’ll just summon it up on my own accord.
So say hello to my bright and cheerful Sunshine Smoothie! It’s brimming with fresh orange segments and orange juice. It’s loaded with tropical pineapple and mango. It brags a bit of banana to make it sweet and velvety. And it’s got a touch of milk and yogurt to give it that creamy Orange Julius quality.
I always keep bags of frozen fruit stocked in my freezer for anytime smoothie-making, and pineapple and mango are two varieties that I like to have on hand. I also make it a habit to freeze over-ripe bananas for fabulous future smoothie additions. So to make this Sunshine Smoothie, I just tossed the aforementioned frozen ingredients into the blender along with a peeled orange, some OJ, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a splash of coconut milk (to play up the whole tropical theme…although you could certainly sub regular milk, almond milk, or whatever your favorite happens to be). Whiz it all up in the blender until smooth and creamy, taste, and then — if a bit more sweetness is required — add a squeeze of honey and blend again.
The result is a thick, luxurious smoothie flavored with bright bursts of citrus and tropical fruit. Additionally, since oranges, pineapple, and mangoes are all high in vitamin C, this is a great breakfast or snack to keep colds and flu at bay…or to boost your immune system if you’re already fighting off some sort of yuck.
My 2-year-old daughter has been on a straight strawberry smoothie kick for a good while now, and the rest of us have been alternating our favorite Peach Cobbler or Blueberry Muffin Smoothies with classic Green Smoothies. But I have to say that these Sunshine Smoothies have quickly become a new family favorite! The toddler guzzled hers down and my boys were not only excited to try something new, but they raved about it when they did. Yup…suffice it to say we’ve got a brand new, vitamin-packed smoothie to enthusiastically add to the rotation!
So are you having a hard time adjusting to the time change? Have you been staying well or succumbing to winter crud? And are you as READY as I am for sunshine and warmer weather???!!! Regardless of how you answered that little quiz, rest assured that a nice, tall Sunshine Smoothie will cure whatever happens to ail ya… 😉
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