I tend to think of smoothies as just breakfast food, when I should be considering them for afternoon energy, too. After all, I think a fruit-infused, whole food beverage will power me through my 5pm workouts a lot better than the cookies I sometimes reach for! The problem is, my smoothies tend to be big, thick shakes that are rather filling. So I dialed it back and focused on fresh flavors with this Wild Blueberry Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (Recipe HERE!).
The two keys to this creamsicle smoothie recipe are the orange juice and the Wild Blueberries. I trialed it with orange juice from concentrate, not-from-concentrate, and fresh-squeezed. The fresh-squeezed was the hands down winner, but not-from-concentrate wasn’t bad either. It adds such a delicious, sweet, tangy pop of flavor that no salt or sweetener is needed.
And let me tell you, choosing Wild Blueberries at the store makes all the difference, too. Conventional blueberries often taste watery and are out of season, which equals reduced nutrients and taste. Wild Blueberries get their brilliant hue and potent flavor from their double dose of antioxidants. They’re flash frozen at harvest to lock in all of that goodness, and to make them available year round. For this orange creamsicle smoothie recipe, I bought my Wild Blueberries in the freezer section at Trader Joe’s (they have organic, too!), but I sometimes by Wyman’s brand at a local mainstream grocer.
But enough shopping tips. It’s time for you to whip up this blueberry-orange creamsicle smoothie! It’s deliciously seasonal with citrus and naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, allergy-friendly, vegan AND paleo.