I have a love / hate relationship with smoothies.
They’re so easy to make, take almost no time to throw together on a frantic morning before work, and are pretty filling if you make a good one.
But – and this is my only complaint – they’re so cold.
I know – I pick the one obvious thing about them, the thing that most people love about smoothies – and that’s the thing I find to complain about.
It’s just that I’m usually freezing all the time, anyway. In my office, at home, wherever. And having something icy to drink doesn’t really help in the make-me-warmer category.
But I suffer through, especially when I have a fridge full of fruit to use and busy mornings when hot oatmeal just isn’t happening.
Lately, I’ve been doing a mix of frozen blueberries, bananas, spinach, and chocolate almond milk followed by a huge mug of steaming hot coffee to bring me back to room temperature. But last week, I threw a couple clementines in the blender, just to see how they’d be….and I think I have a new favorite.
You can’t ever go wrong with a creamsicle smoothie. This is like going to the mall for your favorite Orange Julius without having to fight for parking or wade through groups of teenagers on your way to Bath and Body Works. And, it’s a little healthier – perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a sweet dessert.
Also…using vanilla ice cream would be a genius idea. Maybe not for breakfast, but that’s your call.
Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie
Makes: 1 smoothie
WW Points: 4 (or 2, depending on how you count)
- 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
- 2 clementines, peeled and pulled apart into sections
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in your blender and turn on, letting the mixture whirl for 2-3 minutes, until all the ice and clementine sections are crushed and blended.
- Turn the blender off, pour into a glass, and serve.