Super Orange Smoothie

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Super Orange Smoothie

Super Orange Smoothie. That sounds and looks fun, doesn’t it? And delicious. And healthy. You see I’ve been collecting orange things this past week. In my refrigerator.

First there was half of a Cara Cara orange. I had purchased the single orange to create a recipe, one I can’t even remember now. Instead, the orange became part of a cocktail to celebrate our first dinner of the season on the screened porch. Oven-Steamed Shrimp with Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus. Ah, a simple, but lovely meal on a special evening. Those gorgeous flowers came from gfe reader and friend, Angela Sommers. (You might remember Angela from her trip report on—and safe gluten-free eating tips for—visiting Korea.) She sent these flowers to me as a lovely get well gesture while my eye has been healing. They have been working their magic and the bouquet is even more beautiful now that the lilies have opened. And taking a closer look at this photo, that cocktail looks a lot like this Super Orange Smoothie and while it did contain some of the same ingredients, they were not all the same. But I digress … back to that orange. The second half of the orange went in this Super Orange Smoothie.

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First Dinner of Season on Screened Porch

Then there was the extra sweet potato that I had baked, so I’d be ready when the craving for Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Mug Pudding hit. That craving never hit because I’ve been busy making other treats of late. For example, I made the original version of my Crustless Coconut Pie and a dairy-free version (subbing slightly less coconut oil for the butter and using full-fat coconut milk) of that pie back to back. The first was for a friend’s luncheon for another dear friend who was visiting from out of state and the second—the dairy-free version—was for our support group meeting the next day.

I also had half of a large mango on hand. I’d added the first half to the aforementioned cocktail. That fact actually made me quite sad when I saw Lexie’s Mango Ice Cream recipe pop up as there was not enough left to immediately make her dairy-free ice cream. (Rest assured that more mangos or ready-made mango puree—as Lexie suggests—are on the shopping list!)

Last, there was pumpkin puree. I opened a can of pumpkin puree because our dear dog, Sonny, had an upset tummy. We were having to “take a walk” outside every 2 hours and he was feeling poorly. The internet gods told me that two teaspoons of pumpkin puree fed to a dog could help with bathroom woes (of either kind if you know what I mean). And that little bit of pumpkin worked! It made Sonny’s (and our) life fairly normal again. Of course, being a good dog mom, I still took dear Sonny to the vet and he’s now on meds, but remember that little tip to tide you and your pup over if your dog has similar concerns in the future.

So with all these orange things in the fridge, I decided to combine them all—and a few other ingredients on hand—to create this Super Orange Smoothie. Now you might be wondering why I didn’t include that orange ingredient that is ubiquitous in most households … orange juice. Yes, we always have OJ on hand, but I had some pineapple juice chilled from that cocktail a few days earlier, so I decided to use that instead. Pineapple juice adds a bit more natural sweetness, too, in my opinion. Plus, I wanted to include a wee bit of shredded coconut to this smoothie for a tropical flair and had, in fact, already added coconut milk, and we all know that coconut and pineapple just go together, right?

This Super Orange Smoothie fares well on the health index because of the orange ingredients. There’s beta carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A, and there’s lots of Vitamin C; read more here on the health bennies of orange fruits and veggies. The rest of the ingredients are pretty healthy as well and ensure a very creamy and yummy smoothie!

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Super Orange Smoothie with Glass Straw

Oh, and how do you like my eco-friendly glass straw? It comes with its own brush for cleaning. Cool, huh? Mine was provided as part of a complimentary review package from Foods Alive a while back. While the glass in these straws is thick and the straws are considered “extremely durable,” they might not be the best idea for small kids (or super clumsy adults). I like glass straws better than metal straws because you can see if they’re really clean. Incidentally, that is also why I love my Lifefactory Water Bottle! (Mine is the midnight blue one shown via the link, but Lifefactory offers an array of beautiful colors.) I actually won mine from Lifefactory in a giveaway over at Sure Foods Living. I had admired their water bottles for a while before I entered the giveaway, so I was thrilled when I won! I have used mine to drink smoothies, so it’s great to know that I can see if it’s really clean. Enough chatter though … go make and enjoy your Super Orange Smoothie (or your own Super Smoothie with any suitable ingredients you have on hand)!

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Super Orange Smoothie
  • ½ orange (peeled, with pith and seeds removed)
  • ½ mango (peeled, with pit removed)
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 whole baked sweet potato (without skin), maybe about 1 cup
  • 1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups pineapple juice
  • ⅛ cup almond flour (or a high-quality gluten-free protein powder)
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  1. Add all to a high speed blender like a Vitamix. Slowly increase speed to close to highest speed. Blend a minute or so until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

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24 Responses to “Super Orange Smoothie”

  1. Michelle on April 24th, 2013 3:07 pm

    I never would have thought of adding almond flour as a protein instead of protein powder. I will have to try that sometime. My caprotein (goat milk protein) gets very expensive if I always add it to my smoothies.

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:04 pm

      Michelle–I’ve been adding almond flour (or coconut flour) to my smoothies for quite some time. It has worked great for me! :-) I like being able to use an ingredient that I have on hand and am comfortable with. ;-)


  2. Angela on April 24th, 2013 4:43 pm

    This smoothie looks so very delicious, and I will make that very soon. I love every one of the flavors in it, so can’t wait to try them all together! :)

    And I am so happy you are feeling better and the flowers helped the process. By the way, you have such a lovely porch, and the view is priceless!!!

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:07 pm

      Angela–I’m so glad this smoothie includes your favorites! I loved it. :-)

      It is a relief to feel almost back to normal now! The flowers are finally fading away, but I’ve re-cut them and changed the water every 2 days and that extended their lives nicely.

      Thanks so much for regarding our porch and our view! It’s one of our favorite spots for sure. ;-)

  3. Brandae on April 25th, 2013 4:06 pm

    I love your writing. It feels like you’re an old friend just chatting away, and the glimpses you provide into your thoughts and life are captivating. Thank you for being such a personal blogger friend! The smoothie looks really refreshing, your flowers are gorgeous, and that VIEW outside must be perfect this time of year with all the springtime changes. This whole post made me smile.
    Hope you’re well on your way to eye recovery,

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:11 pm

      Brandae–You are such a sweetheart–thanks so much for the super sweet words! :-) You are all my friends and it’s easiest to write when I’m just chatting with you. ;-) Thanks, too, for the other feedback. It’s magically beautiful here among the trees now. It happens every Spring of course, seemingly overnight, and we love it!

      My eye is mostly healed superficially, but my vision will continue to get better as the cornea heals. It will take 3 months to fully heal per the specialist, so I ned to protect it for sure.


  4. Alisa on April 25th, 2013 4:44 pm

    That is an insane orange infusion Shirley! I was expecting some orange juice and banana, but that’s some serious beta-carotene diversity in there!

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:12 pm

      That’s quite the compliment, Alisa–thank you! In fact, now I wish I’d called this an Insanely Orange Smoothie. ;-) It’s fun to pack in the nutrients and it was really good, too! :-)


  5. Megan @ Allergy Free Alaska on April 25th, 2013 5:15 pm

    Hi Shirley,
    I think the name is fun and so is the color! Do you think this recipe would work okay if I poured it into popsicle molds and turned it into a popsicle?

    Thank you for the tip on the pumpkin – good to know. Poor Sonny. :( Glad he is feeling much better now!

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:18 pm

      Hi Megan–Thanks! I have made zero popsicles in my life so I’m no expert at all, but this recipe *should* work. I think I could add the least amount of water possible though, so I’d suggest that you only add as much as you need to make the mixture cohesive and spoonable into molds. My first thought was to up the coconut milk and reduce the pineapple juice (in addition to reducing the water), but I don’t think they’d be sweet enough if you did that. I’ll look forward to hearing about your experienting! The recipe would make for some pretty and healthy popsicles for sure! :-)

      Sonnny is almost back to normal. One thing that complicates matters is he keeps eating grass. Not good for the good bacteria in the gut it seems. :-( Oh, and I give him his meds in the allergy-free pill pockets so he’s becoming addicted to treats, when he normally does not get treats. Sigh. ;-)


  6. Maggie on April 25th, 2013 9:09 pm

    Wow Shirley – this is an awesome Orange smoothie! What a great combo of sweet and healthy yumminess. I’m glad to hear Sonny is on the mend. The shredded coconut is interesting – does it get blended in and adds creaminess?

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:21 pm

      Thanks so much, dear! Orange has always been one of my favorite colors. Son’s, too. ;-) The shredded coconut added some sweetness and “interest.” Some of it blended in, but not all. I’m not sure if it really added creaminess or not. But I liked the little bits of coconut for texture and taste as I sipped. :-)


  7. Kim@Welcoming Kitchen on April 26th, 2013 9:38 am

    Shirley, That looks so beautiful and delicious! I love my glass straws, too. They make smoothie drinking so fun.

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:23 pm

      Hi Kim–Great to see you! :-) Thank you on the smoothie. I was really quite pleased with it and will be collecting orange things once more so I can make it again. ;-)

      Yes, the glass straws are surprisingly cool, aren’t they? And I love not contributing to our landfill by using a plastic one (although I admit I’ve even washed plastic ones with a brush and re-used them).

      Happy weekend!

  8. Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations on April 26th, 2013 10:17 am

    What a great looking smoothie! Yummy and healthy… I’ll be making this for my kids, thanks!

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:24 pm

      Hi Cassidy–I hope they love it! If it’s doesn’t meet their sweet quotient, you can easily add a little sweetener of choice to make it a kid pleaser. ;-)

      Have a great weekend!

  9. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat on April 26th, 2013 8:59 pm

    Mmmm… Creamy, orange, rich, and love the additional protein! So sorry that Sonny has been under the weather. Poor dear boy. Hope he’s feeling better.

    What a gorgeous picture of your first dinner of season! Makes me long for gfe retreat take 2. :)

    • Shirley on April 27th, 2013 3:27 pm

      Hi Heather–Thanks, dear! I think this one would pass your test. ;-) I was only disappointed that it was not raw (because of the pumpkin), so I couldn’t link up to Raw Foods Thursdays, but I will be able to with my latest recipe. :-)

      We love dining on our porch and the GFE retreat #2 will be here before we know it!

  10. Gretchen @gfedge on April 28th, 2013 4:04 pm

    So amazing – all of my favorite ingredients in one glass – I hardly knew where to pin it :-)

    • Shirley on April 29th, 2013 11:37 pm

      Hey Gretchen–Great to see you! :-) Thanks so much for the kind words and for sharing with others, too!

      The major way to keep dogs (and cats) free of digestive issues (joint issues, etc.) is to feed them grain free, which I do and it made a huge difference. But sometimes their systems get out of whack (the vet says it’s often seasonal) and the pumpkin trick did work amazingly well. Hope you can get Oliver’s owner to try feeding him grain free and that the pumpkin tip will come in handy. ;-)

      Thanks again!

  11. Gretchen @gfedge on April 28th, 2013 4:06 pm

    BTW, thanks for the tip on pumpkin for the doggie troubles. A good friend of mine has an elderly dog with ongoing ‘problems’. Maybe a touch of pumpkin would help Oliver – I will suggeset it.

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