It’s citrus season, my friends! And I’m celebrating with this (protein-powder free) Protein Orange Creamsicle Smoothie. My favorite retro ice cream treat is getting a full-on healthy makeover, cause who doesn’t want to eat dessert every day?
I don’t know about you but my hands-down favorite popsicle as a kid was an orange creamsicle. The kind that looked like an orange brick on the outside with a ribbon of vanilla ice cream hidden on the inside. The best of both the bright sherbet + rich-n-creamy ice cream worlds.
This decadent smoothie is just like that treat you remember from your childhood (but without all the nasty artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives). It tastes like a sweet ice cream milkshake, but has an ingredient list that is sure to make you smile. It’s naturally sweetened with a splash of orange juice, some banana slices, and a squeeze of honey. A bit of vanilla extract roots this glorified protein shake firmly in dessert territory. Morphing the humble Greek Yogurt into something that tastes every bit like vanilla ice cream.
It gets a significant boost in protein from none other than protein-powerhouse Greek yogurt (which is my go-to for real, whole food based protein without having to use a pricier powdered whey protein). Don’t get me wrong! I think protein powders are awesome when you need to get some quick and easy to digest protein into your body or to use as a supplement to a healthy diet. But the key word there is as a supplement – defined as “something that completes or enhances something else when added to it” – not as a replacement for real food.
But I realize not everybody likes the taste of a protein powder, or is even comfortable using them as a supplement. Plus you may not always have powdered protein on hand and it can’t be found as easily in every grocery store. But I hope you’ll find that this smoothie’s ingredients are pretty universally accessible and easy on the wallet too. All of these reasons are why I wanted to create a macro-balanced smoothie recipe that didn’t rely only on a powder for its protein content….