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A real fruit smoothie is a low-calorie refreshing frozen drink to enjoy for breakfast, snack or when you’re just craving something sweet. Made with fresh orange, banana, and frozen fruit, this smoothie is a quick and healthy way to start the day.
Now that the weather is warming up, these deliciously sweet and satisfying fruit smoothies are back in my rotation. If you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast, this smoothie is the one for you. They also make a light, refreshing snack to grab and go.
This real fruit smoothie is one of my favorite blends. I used oranges, bananas and a frozen fruit medley (pineapple, mango, and strawberries), and dairy-free almond milk (but you can use any nut milk you like).
These real fruit smoothies are healthy, nutritious, and a great meal replacement. I’m confident you’re going to LOVE them as much as I do.
Are Fruit Smoothies Healthy?
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Smoothies, especially the ones you make at home from whole fruits and vegetables, are high in vitamins, minerals, and many other beneficial nutrients.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s healthy! There’s no added sugar and fruit smoothies are packed with calcium. Vitamin C and fiber.
- This simple smoothie takes only 5 minutes to make.
- Kids love these healthy sweet treats and there is no need to feel guilty about it.
- Great way to add more fruits to your diet.
- Dairy-free, vegan, and low calorie!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Orange – adds a burst of sweet citrus flavor and is a natural immunity booster.
- Banana – is a great source of potassium and fruit that supports overall health. It thickens frozen drinks perfectly.
- Medley of Frozen Fruit – Any blend of frozen fruit will work great.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk– You can use any dairy-free milk in place of almond milk (cashew, coconut, oat, etc).
How To Make Smoothie Using Real Fruit
1 – Add a peeled orange, half of a banana, and a cup of frozen fruit to the blender.
2 – Add a half cup of unsweetened almond milk to the blender. Blend until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended, about 1 minute.
- Any fruit can be used to make a real fruit smoothie, so feel free to customize it to your liking. Throw in whatever you have on hand or use what’s in season. I like using a combination of fresh fruit and frozen fruit.
- Frozen fruit thickens smoothies without having to add ice. If you’d rather use all fresh fruit and/or fruit juices, add a scoop of ice to the blender to thicken and chill the smoothie.
- This smoothie is made with real fruit, so no added sugars or sweeteners. If your smoothie is too tart, add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to balance it out.
- Real fruit smoothies are great for meal prep. Freeze single-servings in jars and then simply microwave for a minute before you’re ready to drink.
- Real fruit smoothies are a great way to refuel after a workout. Add your favorite protein powder for even more nutrition.
Fruit Smoothie Variations & Substitutions
- Try different blends of fruits. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, etc.
- To keep things dairy-free and vegan, use oat, coconut, cashew, milk etc.
- Add yogurt. Regular and Greek yogurt are great ways to thicken smoothies.
- Top with a little crunch. (Dried coconut, chia seeds, nuts, etc).
- Make real fruit ice pops! Use molds to freeze into smoothies on popsicle sticks!
- Make daiquiris by blending your smoothie with your favorite rum. Don’t forget the whipped cream.
How To Store Leftover Smoothie
Leftover smoothies should be stored in airtight glass containers. Make sure the lid is sealed tight before storing in the refrigerator for about a day. You can also freeze leftover smoothies and simply thaw before you’re ready to drink.
Which milk is best for smoothies? You can use any type of milk in a smoothie. Almond milk is a good option if you are lactose intolerant or prefer your smoothie to be dairy-free.
Can you freeze smoothie leftovers? Yes, you can! Keep in mind that liquid expands when frozen, so leave some space in the container to account for that.
Do frozen smoothies lose nutrients? Yes, but that’s to be expected when freezing anything. You won’t be losing much.
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What frozen vegetables are good for smoothies? Frozen kale and spinach are great in smoothies as well as other vegetables with high water content, like cucumbers and celery.
Calories per serving (1 glass): 244
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