There’s a reason why lately I can’t wait to power through my workout sessions. It’s so I can enjoy my new favorite protein smoothie recipe — this protein-packed orange smoothie that tastes exactly like a creamsicle! Featuring a delicious trio of fruit ingredients that compliment one another perfectly, this smoothie also mixes in some Greek yogurt for a great tasting protein source that has the added benefit of providing probiotics as well. And while we’ve definitely shared some fantastic protein smoothie recipes in the past, I’ve honestly never had one that tasted this good. Try it out for yourself and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about!
A Smoothie That Tastes Better Than Ice Cream
Your main source of protein when making this smoothie is definitely going to be the Greek yogurt (unless you add an optional ingredient which we’ll discuss in just a moment). Adding ½ cup of Greek yogurt provides a solid amount of protein (11 grams), along with some additional vitamins, minerals, and probiotics for your gut health. On top of that, studies have found that yogurt consumption has been linked with positive outcomes in regards to appetite control, energy balance, and healthy weight management. (1)
If you’d like a little more protein than the Greek yogurt provides with this recipe, you can also consider adding one scoop of vanilla flavored whey protein powder. I always recommend a zero carb whey isolate made by Isopure (you can get some yourself by clicking here) as a single serving adds 25 grams of protein, with five grams of branched chain amino acids plus added vitamins and minerals. You can of course feel free to use whatever flavor of protein powder that you prefer, but I find vanilla helps to enhance the creamsicle flavor of this smoothie.
And speaking of that creamsicle flavor, it’s largely in due part to mixing together great fruit options — two oranges, ½ cup of frozen mango chunks, and a frozen banana. All three of these ingredients definitely give the smoothie a taste that stands out, along with adding an incredible amount of essential nutrients into the mix. I’ve recently become a huge fan of mangoes in particular. I love the taste of them and they definitely offer some phenomenal health benefits thanks to their potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. (2)
To finish the smoothie off you’ll simply need to mix in ½ cup of milk, some ice, and a single tablespoon of honey for some added sweetness. I just love using natural sweetening options like honey or fresh dates when making my smoothies. Especially raw organic honey — it’s so incredibly nutrient-dense. Not only does it help to add a ton of flavor to smoothies, but studies have found that honey is incredibly beneficial when it comes to providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral health properties as well. (3) Once you’ve added in all of your ingredients, go ahead and blend until smooth and then enjoy!
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Protein-Packed Orange Smoothie (Tastes Like a Creamsicle!)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup milk
2 medium oranges, peeled and chopped
½ cup frozen mango chunks
1 large ripe banana, sliced and frozen
1 tbsp honey or to taste
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.