Fresh Cara Cara orange juice is blended with frozen strawberries and coconut yogurt for a healthy, delicious, and easy smoothie!
What is it about the start of a new month that makes me want to eat healthier? There is just something about the calendar starting over at 1 that inspires change and brings new hope. So I have a great smoothie recipe for you today in case you are also motivated by the new month to eat healthier – a cara cara orange coconut strawberry smoothie!
I love smoothies for so many reasons, but one is that you really don’t need a recipe at all. Just throw a bunch of things in a blender and press a button. You really can’t mess it up, and that’s the beauty of a smoothie!
Did anyone pull any fun pranks on April Fool’s day? Personally, I am not a fan of practical jokes – I think that could be the result of growing up with two brothers whose favorite pastime was sneaking under the piano while I was playing and grabbing my leg. It used to scare the sh*t out of me! Mom, maybe that’s why I stopped playing the piano… But anyway, I did think this blog post yesterday was pretty funny!
Back to fruit and smoothies and healthy things! Remember these cara cara orange mini muffins I made a few weeks ago? Well I got a little excited about the beautiful oranges when I was buying them, and thus had quite a few extra. They were so juicy, so I figured why not make some fresh squeezed cara cara orange juice?! I LOVE fresh squeezed orange juice, and the cara cara orange juice was especially delicious. Cara cara oranges have a very similar flavor to regular oranges, but they are slightly sweeter. And somehow the pinky color just makes it taste better to me 🙂
And then I decided to take the fresh juice to a new level and turn it into a smoothie! Wow – fresh squeezed juice makes such a difference in smoothies! This was so flavorful.
I used coconut yogurt (I talked about my obsession with coconut chobani in this post) and frozen strawberries (my favorite smoothie fruit). The flavors work so well together. So simple, yet so delicious!! I recommend blending together the base ingredients, then tasting the smoothie to see if it needs to be sweetened. If it does, add in a little agave or honey. This is a great smoothie to make for breakfast, as post-workout fuel, or even for dessert!
Here are some other great orange recipes:
And another smoothie!
Healthy Pineapple Coconut Smoothie