Chill Out … It’s Summer Break!
~ A refreshing smoothie that adds tropical pineapple to the classic flavor of an orange creamsicle! Loaded with protein from Greek yogurt – so delicious, so healthy! ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less • Vegetarian • Gluten Free •
Remember when you were a kid … Was there a happier moment in your entire little life than when you stepped off that school bus on the last day of school and walked into the promises of summer break? Yeah, for a kid, that’s pretty much as good as it gets!
Unless it could be just a little bit better …
Imagine how happy your kiddos would be if they stepped off the school bus this year and found you waiting with an amazing welcome-to-summer treat. And what if it was healthy, too? (But you don’t have to fess up to that part!)
Really – what better way to welcome your kids home than with a cool, refreshing smoothie?
Here at THK, we love smoothies for lots of reasons. (Happily so do our kids – although maybe not for the same reasons we do!) During those hot summer days, smoothies are hydrating, cooling, and full of nutrition. And we love how totally portable they are! It’s easy to whip one up and pour it into cups as you dash out the door (which is pretty much the definition of summer … at least at my house!).
When Shelley and I first talked about posting a smoothie recipe, we asked the kids to dream up their ideal flavors. (It’s their summer break after all!) After many excited suggestions, my youngest requested a creamsicle smoothie. Yummm – that sounded so refreshing! Well played, littlest one, well played. Now we were just as excited as the kids!
Our first batch was a bit of a happy accident. (So awesome when that happens!) It was actually based on a fruit dip recipe that didn’t quite turn out as planned. But rather than throwing in the towel, a little light bulb went off and … there was smoothie potential! So we started playing around with ingredients … and when we added the pineapple, we realized we’d struck gold! It still had that fabulous creamsicle taste we know and love … but it was suddenly so much more!
My kids had to be the taste-testers for at least four different batches of smoothies – so sad, right?!?! But, besides the occasional brain freeze, our efforts paid off!
This smoothie has Greek yogurt to provide loads of protein. It’s also got a full cup of pineapple which, along with the orange juice, has tons of Vitamin C. Plus, it’s just so cool, so refreshing, so … summery!
Oh, wait! You probably wanted a quick explanation on how to make this, right? It’s our easiest one yet!
Measure ingredients directly into blender jar. Blend until smooth.
That’s it! Enjoy!
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup (or 8-ounce can) canned pineapple in juice, undrained (crushed, tidbits, chunks or rings)
- 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- orange slices (optional, for garnish)
- Put all ingredients except orange slices into blender.
- Blend until smooth. All ingredients should be well incorporated.
- Pour into glasses and garnish each with an orange slice, if desired.