- July 26, 2022
- by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
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Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Hello, orange strawberry banana smoothie! This layered smoothies whips up in no time––and boasts 15 grams of protein!
Looking for a mouth-watering layered smoothie recipe? Here you go! This strawberry smoothie with orange juice is delicious, nutritious, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face this morning.
Celebrate your inner sunniness with this orange strawberry layered smoothie, a breakfast that’s bursting with beneficial nutrients, fueling protein, and Florida sunshine.
Why I created this smoothie
I’ve lived in the New York City area for so long that many people don’t realize I’m from Florida. But I was born there, raised there, and went to college there! And I’ll tell you a secret: I still have my Florida cell phone number that I got as a teenager.
It makes sense that growing up in Florida, I enjoyed my fair share of orange juice.
My family’s fridge was always stocked with it–and I found a glass of the Sunshine State staple so refreshing on the numerous hot, sticky, and humid afternoons of my always-summery childhood.
So I created an orange strawberry banana smoothie recipe that’s reminiscent of my Florida youth.
The fresh orange smoothie is bright, sunny, and cheery, with orange juice and strawberry layers. It will go down in history as one of the most delicious smoothies you’ve ever sipped.
The simple breakfast also reminds me of the drinks I used to buy at Orange Julius when I was a kid. I wish I had that Orange Julius recipe now!
Love fruit smoothies? Nowadays, as a registered dietitian nutritionist, there are plenty of opportunities to drink Florida OJ straight up. But I also think the beverage is a great smoothie addition. And hey, you probably know by now how much I love my smoothies!
You’ll need just fruit and Greek yogurt to make an orange strawberry banana smoothie:
Bananas: Bananas provide filling fiber, as well as blood-pressure-helping potassium.
Orange juice: If you love orange, you’ll love this smoothie. OJ provides potassium, a mineral that helps counteract the effects of sodium and can help control your blood pressure levels. An 8-ounce glass of orange juice is a good source of potassium.
OJ also provides magnesium, which helps athletic recovery by aiding muscle function and replenishing electrolytes.
Strawberries: You get additional vitamin C from these berries.
Greek yogurt: While you’ll hit your daily quota of fruit servings with this strawberry and orange smoothie, it’s not all fruit: I added plain Greek yogurt for a protein boost. In this orange strawberry smoothie, you get 15 grams of the power nutrient.
The layered protein smoothie will help you stay full till lunchtime or snack time (whichever comes first!). Make sure to blend until smooth!
Bonus: This smoothie contains absolutely no added sugar. That means you won’t find any maple syrup, cane sugar, or ice cream in the recipe.
You probably already know that orange juice is bursting with the immune-helping antioxidant, vitamin C. And it’s always a good idea to incorporate immunity-boosting foods into your day.
But did you know that 100 percent OJ also contains many other nutrients? I’m going to tell you about a handful of the really important ones, which you get from sipping this orange strawberry banana smoothie.
One of the most important nutrients that orange juice contains is hesperidin.
You might be wondering what the heck this is! I only recently learned myself, at a nutrition conference in Copenhagen. A powerful flavonoid (a type of antioxidant), hesperidin has many potential beneficial effects.
Hesperidin could help brain health by helping reduce inflammation and maintaining blood flow to the inner parts of your noggin.
And 100 percent orange juice contains the pulp, juice, and peel of the orange—all of which contain hesperidin, making the beverage one of the few significant sources of the antioxidant.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about OJ portion size–which I’m always thinking about as a dietitian–here’s what you need to know.
The recommended serving size for kids is 4 to 6 ounces daily, while the recommended amount for adults is 8 ounces daily.
You can incorporate the beverage into a healthy weight loss or weight maintenance plan.
Making a layered orange strawberry banana smoothie is pretty easy.
Blend together bananas and 3 ounces orange juice.
Pour into glass, cover, and freeze for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse out blender; blend together strawberries, yogurt, and remaining orange juice.
Remove orange juice smoothie layer from freezer, and top with strawberry smoothie layer. Serve immediately.
Because you’re using the frozen fruit, you don’t even need any ice cubes. You can of course add ice if you want your drink extra cold.
If done right, they are! Smoothies that contain fresh fruit such as banana and strawberries, minimal or no added sugar, and a protein source such as Greek yogurt are good for you.
These nutrients contain a combination of fiber and protein to help keep you fuller for longer.
Indeed, they do! They taste delicious in this orange strawberry banana smoothie, and they also taste great in smoothie bowls, as well as orange banana muffins.
It may be a surprising ingredient, but orange juice works surprisingly well in smoothies. Because it’s naturally sweet, you don’t need to add any sweeteners such as maple syrup or honey.
It’s not, but you can easily make it vegan by swapping the Greek yogurt for oat milk or almond milk yogurt.
More healthy smoothie recipes
I hope you love this orange strawberry banana smoothie as much as I do.
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This blog post was updated in July 2022. This content was originally part of a partnership with the Florida Department of Citrus.
Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Blend together bananas and 3 ounces orange juice.
- Pour into glass, cover, and freeze for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse out blender; blend together strawberries, yogurt, and remaining orange juice.
- Remove orange juice smoothie layer from freezer, and top with strawberry smoothie layer. Serve immediately.
Let me how you enjoy this strawberry smoothie recipe with orange juice. Then tell me: What are your favorite ways to enjoy orange juice?
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