This Blood Orange Smoothie is the perfect boost for your immune system during the citrus season or any time of year. Refreshing, sweet, and so delicious, it’s a great way to get in some extra fresh fruit and veggies first thing in the morning or as an afternoon snack!
Blood Orange Smoothie Recipe
This vibrant and delicious smoothie is made with sweet winter citrus and root veggies. Compared to regular oranges, blood oranges are slightly sweeter, less acidic, and contain up to NINE TIMES as many antioxidants as regular oranges. This smoothie offers a smooth, creamy taste, not to mention the antioxidant boost slows down the aging process and promotes healthy skin. You’ll hardly notice the taste of the veggies, and the anti-inflammatory fresh ginger gives it a little kick. It’s quick to make and requires minimal cleanup, making it the perfect quick breakfast or afternoon snack.
Are Blood Oranges Healthier Than Regular Oranges?
Blood oranges and regular oranges offer the same vitamin and mineral content—both are great sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium and more. The only difference is that blood oranges offer bonus antioxidants—about nine times more than regular oranges!
How to Make a Blood Orange Smoothie
Start by peeling two large carrots and chopping them into 2-inch pieces. Add your carrot pieces, along with three peeled blood oranges, two cooked beets, 1 ½ cups of frozen mixed berries, one medium fresh or frozen banana, a ½ inch knob of fresh ginger, one cup of milk (or a plant-based milk of choice), and one cup of low-fat Greek yogurt to a blender or food processor. Start blending on the lowest setting and slowly increase the speed to high over the course of a minute. Pour your smoothie into two glasses and enjoy immediately!
How to Serve
This blood orange smoothie is best served fresh as soon as it’s ready. You can enjoy it as an on-the-go breakfast (with a muffin, avocado toast, or a protein bar on the side). It’s also the perfect midday pick-me-up and even works as an evening dessert if you want to pack in extra nutrients before the end of the day. If you’re feeling creative, try it as a base for smoothie bowls!
What Fruit Goes Well With Blood Orange?
Blood oranges pair well with mixed berries and bananas (like in this smoothie)! If you have leftover blood oranges and want to make a fruit salad, you can also add apricots, apples, mango, and even figs (any primarily sweet fruit will balance out the tartness nicely)!
Storage and Freezing
It’s best to serve this smoothie immediately. However, in a pinch, it will keep in a sealed jar or container in the fridge for 24 hours. I don’t recommend freezing (unless you want to experiment and make a popsicle)!
More Smoothie Recipes:
- Cherry Cocoa Smoothie
- Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie
- Avocado Mango Smoothie
- Tropical Carrot Smoothie
- 3-Ingredient Roasted Strawberry Peach Smoothie
If you try making this Blood Orange Smoothie Recipe, please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to hear your thoughts.
Blood Orange Smoothie
- 2 large carrots - chopped into 2 inch pieces
- 3 blood oranges - peeled
- 2 cooked beets
- 1.5 cups frozen mixed berries
- 1 medium banana - fresh or frozen
- ½ inch knob fresh ginger
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- Place all the ingredients in your blender- yogurt, milk, banana, berries, beets, carrots, and ginger. Start your blender on the lowest setting and slowly increase speed to high. Blend for approximately 1 minute. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)
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