I have never been a big smoothie drinker. If I’m going to drink a meal, then the drink better be really good. I mean really good!! Since I have a love hate relationship with breakfast, a smoothie has surprisingly become my go to on mornings I really don’t want to eat. I found the way to be happy and satisfied with a smoothie is to put in a little of something I love but rarely have and a little of something I don’t usually like. It is amazing that the contradiction of ingredients is exactly what I needed to be satisfied with a smoothie.
Simply Orange Orange Juice with Mango is the something I love. It is great on its own or in an adult beverage. It also makes me very happy to drink a smoothie. I rarely choose to drink juice on its own because of the calories. You know I would much rather eat my calories than drink them. I found putting in just a half of a cup is enough to spice up my smoothie.
My other issue with a smoothie was texture. I don’t like ice or frozen fruit in it but I also don’t like it runny. I want it to feel luxurious. The solution was a food I don’t care much for in its original form, cottage cheese. I have a little aversion to cottage cheese. It is definitely not a food I crave or would even choose to eat on its own. I remembered that I liked it in a cheese filing of lasagna when it is processed until smooth. I also liked the idea of adding additional protein so I threw it in. Voila – the texture of the smoothie was so rich and luxurious, exactly what I was looking for.
Orange Banana Smoothie (Serves 1)
1/2 cup Simply Orange Orange Juice with Mango
1/2 cup water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp. 2% cottage cheese
Put all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth. Bottoms Up!!