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Blood Orange Smoothies

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, these smoothies scream “I BLOODY LOVE YOU!!!”.

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this treat on Valentine’s morning?

I first encountered blood oranges while I was traveling through Italy during my semester abroad in college. The sweet, deep burgundy flesh was just so tasty! But, it wasn’t until years later that I began to see this fruit gain attention in the US. In fact, I was thrilled when I first saw the Blood Orange flavored Chobani come on the market last year, which, by the way, is my oldest son’s favorite Chobani flavor.

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So, yesterday, I picked up a bag of blood oranges at Target. I knew they wouldn’t last long, as my little blood orange fanatic went right to work peeling and chowing down on them. But, I managed to salvage a few to use in our “bloody” smoothie.

We served the smoothies with a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls. This time I chopped up an apple and added that to the cinnamon roll filling before rolling up….result: yuuummmm!!!

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Blood Orange Smoothies

1-2 medium blood oranges – peeled and seeds removed
1 cup frozen melon (or other frozen fruit, I used canteloupe)
1 container Chobani greek yogurt – blood orange flavor
1 cup ice cubes
2 cups orange juice

Whirl everything together in a blender and enjoy this version of “bloodies” for breakfast.

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Tropical Rainforest Fruit Smoothies


We weren’t sure what to call this one. Like most smoothie creations in our house, we just use what’s on hand, and see if it works out. This one was a winner.

With banana, pineapple, and orange juice as the base elements of this smoothie, the name “tropical rainforest” just seemed right.

As you can see, the Youngest loved it…sipped it right down through his favorite Rainforest Cafe twisty straw. What a little monkey.

The funniest part: our last smoothie creation was the Big Green Monster concoction, and when I presented the boys with the tropical fruit smoothie, they actually were sad that it wasn’t green.

Hmmm….maybe I’ll try this one with spinach or kale in it next time!

Tropical Rainforest Fruit Smoothie
2 cups orange juice
1 container of peach-flavored Greek yogurt
2 cups of ice
1 banana
1 cup of pineapple

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Big Green Monster Smoothies

We’ve been working hard on our personal family food revolution, trying to fit more whole foods into each meal, and smoothies are a great way to do just that. Since it’s getting close to Halloween, here’s a hauntingly great recipe packed with nutrients that got two thumbs up from my boys…well, after they were brave enough to try mom’s spooky concoction.

I was a little worried when the boys witnessed the spinach going into the blender. It wasn’t like I was trying to hide it. They love spinach, so why not give it a try? Next came the orange juice, followed by an “ewwww” from the boys. Yet, I perservered.

But, once I hit blend, and the spinach and juice started to whirl together, the boys exploded into a snorting-giggle-ewwww-fest. Oh, no. This isn’t going to be pretty.

Again, I continued on.

Tossed in a banana, a cup of pineapple. At this point, they were definitely entertained and just a little bit curious.

Finally, a cup of ice, one more big whirl, and our frothy smoothie was complete. Annnnndddddd….to my delight, two curious little monsters decided to try it.

Sip, sip, sip. “Hey mom, this is kinda like when they have to drink something gross on the Amazing Race…” Hmmm. O.K.

More sipping. Two empty glasses. “Hey mom, this is actually really good. Can we have some refills?” Success.

Big Green Monster Smoothies
Inspired by Green Plate Rule’s green smoothie.

1 cup spinach
1 cup orange juice
1 banana
1 cup pineapple
2 cups of crushed ice

The trick is to get the spinach nice and pulverized, so start by blending just the spinach and orange juice first. Then, add the bananas, pineapple, and ice. Finally, blend well, and serve.