Sweet potato, clementines, carrots, and bananas create the base of this easy smoothie that’s a healthier version of the orange sherbet push-up pops from childhood. Yum! Freezer smoothie pack instructions included so you can prep these smoothies ahead of time.
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7 Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes
This month, we are sharing 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes that you can make ahead and freeze as freezer smoothie packs. You’re going to love today’s Orangesicle Smoothie if you were ever a fan of the Dreamsicle or Creamsicle pops as a kid!
You may want to try (or Pin for later) these others smoothies we’ve shared so far.
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie
- 4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie
- Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
- Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie
- Green Machine Smoothie
- Very Berry Smoothie
Wouldn’t it be fun to have your freezer stocked with all these different flavors as freezer smoothie packs?
What are Freezer Smoothie Packs?
Having the main ingredients for your smoothie on hand in the freezer in individual packs means healthy eating is right at your fingertips anytime. Both of us have become smoothie addicts since starting to prep freezer smoothie packs ahead. Just be sure to follow our instructions in the recipe to layer them perfectly.
If you’re trying to cut down on plastic bag use like we are, try these reusable silicone bags. We’ve personally tested these bags for weeks now. I’ve found them to be easy to rinse out and dry, and they do not leak. They seem well made and worth the investment.
About the Orangesicle Smoothie
Back to the gorgeous smoothie at hand! Not only is today’s Orangesicle Smoothie recipe a throw back of one of my favorite childhood treats–the Creamsicle pop–, but it’s full of veggies and fruits that provide an abundance of Vitamins C and A, as well as, good ole fiber.
It may surprise you to know that raw sweet potatoes and carrots blend seamlessly into this frothy orange drink and also freeze well in the smoothie packs.
Below is your shopping list for this easy, healthy smoothie:
- Unsweetened plain almond milk (or your milk of choice) – I often choose this kind of almond milk to avoid extra dairy and sugar, but feel free to use whatever kind of milk you like.
- Orange Juice – look for 100% pure, fresh squeezed orange juice
- Vanilla Greek yogurt – I recommend Siggi Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt because it only has all natural ingredients, it’s lower in sugar, and contains a wide variety of probiotics.
- Sweet Potato
- Clementine or orange
I think smoothies are even more fun to drink when you have some cute paper straws on hand like these to top off your beverage.
What Blender Do I Need?
If you’re committed to consuming more smoothies, we’d recommend investing in a high powered blender. Cheaper blenders can sort of do the job, but you’ll get a much better texture with a high-powered blender. My affordable single serving Ninja blender works very well for our single serving smoothies recipes, since it pulverizes everything and fits the ingredients perfectly.
If you want to make large batches of smoothies, I’d recommend saving up for the Vitamix blender. You can find very good refurbished versions on Amazon that will last a long time. My basic refurbished Vitamix lasted over five years with daily use.
As with all of our healthy smoothie recipes, if you like things sweeter, just add a dollop of honey, pure maple syrup, or agave nectar until you get the flavor you desire. I encourage you to start with no added sweetener, though, and see if you can train your tastebuds to love the natural sweetness of fruit and veggies first. (I’m looking at you, Polly Conner! 🙂Print
Sweet potato, clementine, carrot, and banana create the base of this easy, heathy smoothie that is reminiscent of the old orange sherbet push-up pops. Yum!
- 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (recommend Siggi brand)
- ½ cup peeled, diced sweet potatoes*
- ½ banana, sliced*
- 1 large clementine, in segments (sub: ½ an orange)*
- ½ cup sliced carrots*
*The smoothie texture is best if these ingredients are frozen beforehand in a freezer smoothie pack. If you don’t have time to freeze them, then add a 1/2 cup of crushed ice or more to achieve desired consistency.
Make It Now:
1. Start by adding 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup orange juice to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.
2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to 1/2 cup more of almond milk, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.
Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:
1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:
- ½ cup peeled, diced sweet potatoes
- ½ banana, sliced
- 1 large clementine, in segments (sub: ½ an orange)
- ½ cup sliced carrots
2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.
3. To Blend: Start by adding 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup orange juice, and the yogurt into a high-powered blender first. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.