This creamy orange smoothie is perfect for those days when you need a quick pick-me-up. It’s delicious, nutritious, and super easy to make. You only need a few ingredients, and it takes less than 5 minutes to make.
I highly recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.
Do you want to eat it with a spoon? You can also make a smoothie bowl by adding more of the solid and semi-solid ingredients. For example, add another couple of tablespoons of the yogurt and a little more ice.
Scoop it into a bowl, add some fruit and something crunchy, and you have a delicious smoothie bowl.
I sometimes get asked about juicing vs. smoothies. I prefer smoothies because you get the whole fruit rather than just the juice. I don’t want to leave any of the goodness out of my drink!
Refreshing and Easy Orange Smoothie with Yogurt
This smoothie is obviously delicious in the warmer months. However, I like smoothies year-round—especially in the afternoon when I need energy.
Sure, a smoothie is refreshing in the hot summer. But remember that winter is when you need extra vitamins to stay healthy. This orange smoothie is a delicious way to get them.
It’s easy to make a healthy smoothie. All you have to do is add nutritious ingredients and blend them together. Then you have a smoothie that gives you energy and the nutrients your body requires for good health.
Creamy Orange Smoothie Ingredients
You don’t need much to make the basic orange smoothie.
In fact, here is all you need:
- Orange juice
- Vanilla yogurt
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
You can add other ingredients. For example, a banana adds nutrition and makes it even smoother.
Or you can add avocado, which also makes it creamy. However, doing this changes the color and makes it appear less appetizing.
Another thing you can do is add carrots. But it’s difficult to completely blend the carrot, and you’re likely to wind up with chunks or slivers.
If you use carrots, blend it a little longer than you would otherwise.
How to Make Creamy Orange Smoothies
Pour all of the ingredients into your blender and turn it on. Since I use a lot of ice, I like to start on a low speed and work my way up to high.
The longer you blend it the smoother it will be. In fact, I typically blend mine for at least 30 seconds. My blender is powerful.
That might not seem like a long time. But when you know what you’re about to drink, it seems like forever. However, if your blender isn’t as powerful, let it run another 15 to 20 seconds.
Best Blender for Frozen Fruit Smoothies
Any blender that crushes all of the frozen ingredients and blends them into a smooth consistency is good. In other words, if you have a blender, there’s no point in going out and getting another one … unless you want to.
I use 3 different blenders–Hamilton Beach personal blender that is perfect for single servings, a NutriBullet that’s great for 2 medium-sized servings, and a KitchenAid blender for larger amounts. They all work well.
If you want to make smoothies while you’re on vacation, you need a blender that doesn’t take up too much space. I’ve found that my personal blender is the best travel blender for smoothies.
Can You Make a Smoothie in a Food Processor?
Yes, you absolutely can use a food processor to make smoothies. I’ve found that the best way to do this is to add the solid and frozen ingredients first. Process them and then add the liquid.
Based on my experience, a food processor does a good job of making smoothies. As you would in a blender, only partially fill the bowl, or you’ll wind up with a big mess that still has big chunks of solids.
What is the Difference Between a Smoothie and an Orange Julius?
They’re actually similar, but there are a few differences. An Orange Julius has milk, vanilla, concentrated orange juice, sugar, and ice.
The extra sugar makes it much sweeter than a smoothie would be. It’s sort of a cross between a glass of orange juice with added sugar and an orange milkshake.
More Smoothie Recipes
I make quite a few different types of these semi-frozen concoctions. For a filling and nutritious breakfast, you might like this coffee smoothie.
Another one I like is this berry smoothie. The bright color is cheerful, and the flavor is so rich you’ll feel like you’re drinking something from an exclusive juice bar.
When I’m in the mood for lemonade, I make this lemonade smoothie. It gives me the same wonderful tart flavor with extra deliciousness and texture.
This creamy lime smoothie also has just enough of a tart flavor to balance the sweetness. It’s absolutely wonderful and so refreshing!
There are a couple of smoothies that I consider seasonal, although there is absolutely no reason you can’t have them year-round.
During the summer when watermelon is plentiful and cheap, you can make a huge batch of these watermelon smoothies. They are so refreshing!
As the temperature starts to drop in the fall, your taste buds will thank you for these pumpkin pie smoothies. They’ll get you in the mood for the holidays very quickly.
Even More Recipes
Sometimes I make smoothies to enjoy without any distractions. But other times, I like to have them with some of my favorite foods.
I’m a big seafood lover. That’s why this pecan-crusted fish sends my senses into orbit (in a good way)!
If you want something yummy to crunch on while sipping on your smoothie, try these amazingly easy and delicious parmesan crisps. They will become your new obsession!
- 1-1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
- 1-1/2 cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of crushed ice (or 1-1/2 cups of ice cubes)
- Slices of orange for garnish (optional)
- Put all of the ingredients in your blender and turn it on.
- Start the blender on a low speed and work your way up to high. Run it until all of the ingredients are smooth and well blended.
- Pour into glasses and garnish with a slice of orange or your favorite fruit.
- Serve and enjoy!
- You can also add a banana for an ultra smooth smoothie and more nutrition.
- If you want a sweeter smoothie, add a tablespoon of honey, sugar, or your favorite sweetener.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 309Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 11mgSodium 153mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 1gSugar 53gProtein 13g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.