When it comes to starting the day off on the right foot, it’s all about packing in a healthy helping of fruit to perk up my taste buds.
There’s something about getting that extra vitamin C boost in your diet when you first start the day that makes you feel good. It gives you a little extra dose of energy, and if you are fighting a cold, drinking this tasty breakfast beverage couldn’t hurt.
I like to pull out this recipe whenever I wake up feeling a touch under the weather, because it really perks me back up. And it’s so delicious when fresh blueberries are in season.
Rather than eating a carb-heavy breakfast, smoothies are where it’s at if you want to pack in the vitamins, with all of the flavor that you’re craving. And you can’t go wrong with this epic fruity flavor combination.
During the dog days of summer, I start to become obsessed with smoothies again. On a hot day, a cold, nutrient-packed smoothie tastes that much more refreshing and delicious.
My new go-to breakfast, it also makes a healthy (and hydrating) afternoon snack. The combination of blueberries, orange, and banana is nice and bright, not heavy like one of those intense protein shakes that tends to weigh you down.
By combining your frozen fruit in a high-speed blender, there’s no need to water it down with added ice, for an extra-concentrated and delicious flavor.
It’s such a simple recipe, and it’s simple to make in larger batches as well. I love to quadruple the ingredients and keep it in the refrigerator to drink throughout the day. It’s really helpful for those mornings when you are running late and need to grab something quickly on your way out the door.Print
Looking for a fresh and fruity way to start your day? Try a blueberry orange banana smoothie for a vitamin-rich, refreshing drink that’s easy to wake up to.
- In a blender, combine orange segments, blueberries, sliced banana, 1 Tbsp milk, and agave syrup. Process until combined.
- If the mixture is too thick, add another tablespoon of milk. Process until smooth. Serve immediately.
Keywords: blueberry, orange, banana, smoothie, breakfast, snack
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prep and Measure
Peel the orange, remove any seeds, and divide it into segments. Set aside.
Next, peel the frozen banana. This will blend more easily if it’s already broken into several pieces.
I like to do my smoothie prep ahead of time, so I’ll chop a few ripe bananas at the beginning of the week and freeze them in zip-top bags so they’re ready to go.
If you’re using fresh blueberries, rinse them well in a colander, and remove any stems.
Measure the remaining ingredients. Skim milk is a nice light option if you consume dairy, but coconut, cashew, or almond milk would also work well for the vegan and lactose-free crowd.
I chose agave syrup for a bit of sweetness since there are also some fiber in there, as opposed to an empty calorie sweetener like granulated sugar. Keep in mind that this stuff is pure fructose, so it isn’t the best choice for those on Low FODMAP diets.
The quantity of agave or the sweetener of choice that you add is up to you – sweeten to taste, according to your liking.
Step 2 – Blend
Add the orange, blueberries, banana, agave, and 1 Tbsp milk to a blender. Process until smooth.
If the mixture is too thick, add another tablespoon of milk. Process until smooth.
Serve immediately, with a straw. If you’re a frequent smoothie drinker, consider investing in some stainless steel reusable straws, to do the environment a favor!
What’s So Great About Vitamin C?
We all grew up hearing from our parents and teachers that vitamin C is good for us, important for our health. etc, etc. I don’t know about you, but I never really paid attention to why it’s so good for our bodies.
Honestly, I think I was either spacing out in health class or too busy thinking about what I was going to do after school that day.
As an adult, and as I get older, I have been taking more time to get to know exactly what I am putting in my body, and staying a bit healthier than I used to when pasta and cheese were my main two food groups.
Vitamin C is the thing that you need in your body to keep yourself going strong. It boosts your immune system, which is why it’s so good to load up on it when you feel like you are getting sick.
It also helps maintain your bones, teeth, and cartilage. So really, it is just as important as we were taught way back in the day!
Plus, blending the whole orange segments rather than adding orange juice on its own adds some healthy dietary fiber.
All in all, this smoothie is the vitamin C-boosted drink of your dreams, and it’s a delicious way to start your day.
Did you give this smoothie a try? Leave it a star rating below and let us know what you thought in the comments! And for another fruit-flavored breakfast that’s perfect for cooling down on steamy mornings in the summer, try our recipe for Frozen Yogurt Oat and Blueberry Popsicles.
Photos by Meghan Bassett, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on December 21st, 2009. Last updated: June 2, 2018 at 16:40 pm. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.
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About Meghan Yager
Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.