Orange Banana Smoothie

Start your day with a healthy, delicious breakfast. Rich and luxurious orange banana smoothie is loaded with protein.

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Creamy smoothie with undertones of orange, mango and banana

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.

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Rich, luxurious texture – a satisfying breakfast

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Orange Banana Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 237

Fat per serving: 1 gram Carbs 39 grams Fiber 3 grams Protein 20 gr

Orange Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Simply Orange Orange Juice with Mango
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp. 2% fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 banana

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth. Bottoms Up!!
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Comments

  1. Julie Cambe says

    Can I use greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese (I never have this). Does it increase the total calories by a lot?

    • Fooddonelight says

      Hi Julie,
      Using 2% Greek yogurt has 4 calories less than cottage cheese and 1 gram of protein less. It would be a great substitute. The texture may not quite be as thick though.

  2. Annamaria Settanni McDonald says

    Thank you for linking our your yummy creation to our blog party! Don’t forget to follow us and to post the blog party button in your post! Thank You!

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  3. says

    Wish I had this great Smoothie right now, it looks awesome! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. says

    Hi Christie,

    I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick here recently. The weather is already warming up here in Phoenix so they are the perfect way to begin the day. This one looks interesting. I usually use plain nonfat Greek yogurt in my smoothies. Had never considered cottage cheese, but I’ve got some in my fridge I need to use up and will give it a try.

    Thanks so much.

    Martha

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Hi Martha, I like the texture cottage cheese gives the smoothies. I find it is a little thicker then Greek yogurt. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. BarbaraP says

    I have begun drinking smoothies too. Great idea to use cottage cheese instead of yogurt and love the idea of the OJ too! Thanks so much for your great tips! It makes meal-planning more of an adventure!! :)

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Hi Barbara, Glad you like the smoothie recipe. I really love what cottage cheese does to the texture of the smoothie plus the added protein.

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