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Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie

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Enjoy a filling breakfast on the go with this simple Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie recipe. Made with Greek yogurt for tons of filling protein. 

I love citrus fruit in the winter, but I’m especially partial to tangerines. Many people may not think to put a tangerine in a smoothie, but it adds a delicious taste with tons of Vitamin C.

I call this smoothie a “Creamsicle” because it has the flavors of citrus, strawberries and vanilla cream. But the good part is that it’s healthy! It’s made with Greek yogurt, so it’s packed with protein to keep you full all morning long.

What is a tangerine?

A tangerine is actually a type of mandarin, otherwise known as an orange. Tangerines, clementines, and satsumas are all different types of mandarins.

They are usually smaller and sweeter than traditional navel oranges, and they have looser skin that is easier to peel.

What is a tangerine?

Plus, the skin of a tangerine is bright orange, as compared to the pale orange of a navel orange. They are generally smaller and sweeter than oranges, a little flatter in shape, and they and have a thinner, looser skin that makes them easier to peel.

Tangerines are grown in the United States, primarily in California, Florida, Texas and Arizona. They flourish in the winter– November through January.

Ingredients to make a Tangerine Smoothie

To make this, you’ll need:

  • 1 seedless tangerine peeled
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ⅔ cup frozen strawberries about 8 small
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Ingredient Swaps & Substitutions

What I love about smoothies is how versatile they are! There are so many different ways that you could make this tangerine smoothie, but some of the swaps I get asked most about are:

  • Vanilla Greek Yoghurt: You can also use plain greek yoghurt or any plant-based greek yoghurt of your choice
  • Tangerine: You can substitute tangerines with any other citrus fruit- such as a mandarin orange or clementine
  • Low-fat milk: You can swap out for a plant-based milk alternative
  • Frozen strawberries: Frozen fruit helps to make a smoothie thicker and creamier, however, if you use fresh strawberries instead, it will not effect the flavor at all!

How to make a Tangerine Smoothie

Making this tangerine smoothie couldn’t be easier.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Gather your 5 ingredients– a peeled tangerine, frozen strawberries, Vanilla Greek yogurt, milk and some vanilla extracts– and blend!

Although flavored yogurts are a bit high in sugar, this smoothie is the perfect indulgence after a long work-out when the body needs to replenish its stored sugar (aka glycogen). The fruit and sugar replace carbohydrates lost during a long endurance work-out.

And, an 8-ounce serving of this tangerine smoothie contains 7g of protein to aid in muscle repair. Let’s face it, you’re probably going to get more protein by going back for seconds!

Are smoothies healthy?

Do blenders kill the nutrients in fruits & vegetables? This is a question I get all the time. Many people assume that pureeing a fruit or vegetable harms the nutrients. This is not the case.

Because you still have all of the parts of the plant in the blender, you are still going to get the fiber and nutrients associated with the fruit or vegetable.

Juicing, on the other hand, removes the skin and pulp, which removes the fiber. In other words, smoothies are much better for you than juice. As a matter of fact, I compiled 20 smoothie recipes from Registered Dietitians here.

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And while this recipe is absolutely delicious, you can find out how to make your own smoothie with this simple formula. The best thing about “formulas” is that you can sub in your favorite varieties of fruit, protein, liquid and sweetener.

By following this formula, you will make a smoothie that has 300 calories and 15 grams of protein, aka PERFECT for after an intense workout!

Serving Suggestions

There really are countless ways that you could serve this smoothie. You could simply have it as is, but if you want to mix it up a bit, some of my top recommendations include:

  • Serve it as a smoothie bowl and top with fresh fruit and granola
  • Top with flaked almonds (or any other kind of nut you like)
  • Add fresh strawberries on top
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Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie

Servings 2
Calories 96 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless tangerine peeled
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • cup frozen strawberries about 8 small
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nutrition Notes:

  • Strawberries have more Vitamin C than oranges and are packed with antioxidants.   Antioxidants have been shown to reduce the risk of several serious diseases.
  • Tangerines are another great source of Vitamin C for immune health. Select the sweetest tangerines by choosing the ones that are the deepest orange.

Tell me about your favorite smoothie combination!

6 Comments

  1. Tawnie Kroll

    5 stars
    This was so flavorful and refreshing – yum!!!

    Reply
  2. Meme

    5 stars
    What a refreshing combination! Even though its the fall it still is the perfect morning breakfast on the go!

    Reply
  3. Liz Shaw

    5 stars
    Breakfast, snack or dessert? I think I’ll have this for all three!

    Reply
  4. Lindsey

    5 stars
    LOVE the additions of strawberries in this creamsicle smoothie!

    Reply
  5. Lorie

    Can’t wait to make this for the little guy. He will be obsessed!

    Reply
  6. Emily Kyle

    5 stars
    My favorite post-workout smoothie! So good!

    Reply

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I’m Natalie Rizzo, an NYC-based Registered Dietitian.

My mission is to help everyday athletes fuel their fitness with plants.

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