Wake up to a refreshing, healthy, and delicious Citrus Smoothie! The sweet and zesty blend of fresh citrus fruits and creamy yogurt packs this immune boosting smoothie with nutrition, antioxidants, and Vitamin C. Perfect for breakfast, snack, or any time of the day.
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Healthy Fruit Smoothies
There isn't any better way to get your vitamins than to drink a healthy fruit smoothie! It tastes just like dessert. Your tastebuds think this immune boosting smoothie is a treat - but you know that the vitamins are nourishing your body. In fact, when you're feeling slightly under the weather, a vitamin C smoothie might be just the ticket to feeling better.
Benefits of Citrus
Citrus fruits are a delicious and nutritious addition to any diet. Their numerous health benefits, ranging from immune system support to heart health and skin radiance, make them an ideal choice for promoting overall well-being.
High Vitamin C content. This essential nutrient plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy immune system, which is vital in warding off infections and illnesses. Additionally, Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, promoting healthier skin and faster wound healing.
Packed with antioxidants, which protect our bodies from harmful free radicals. By combating oxidative stress, antioxidants help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Rich in flavonoids and other heart-healthy nutrients. These compounds have been shown to improve blood flow, reduce blood clot formation, and lower the risk of heart disease by decreasing inflammation and improving blood vessel function.
Essential nutrients like folate and Vitamin B6 have been linked to improved cognitive function and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline.
So, next time you're at the grocery store, don't forget to add some zesty citrus to your cart and make this healthy smoothie!
Why You'll Love This Fresh Citrus Smoothie Recipe
One of the best things about this immune boosting smoothie recipe is that it has a bright citrus fruit flavor. One sip will wake you up and invigorate your senses. It's loaded with vitamin C.
It's a good source of energy-boosting protein with Greek yogurt and protein powder. The yogurt also gives it a nice creamy touch, which rounds out all the other flavors.
Not only that, but it also has lots of natural beneficial dietary fiber from the banana.
This energy-boosting smoothie is easy to make and adjust to your taste preference. You're going to love it!
Ingredients for This Vitamin C Smoothie
- Key Lime Greek Yogurt
- Honey or Agave
- Vanilla Protein Powder
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
This smoothie can be made either with or without a frozen banana, just add more ice for a thicker, more slushie drink.
If you can't find key lime Greek yogurt, you can use plain or any other citrus-flavored Greek yogurt.
Protein powder is optional. Leave it out if you prefer smoothies without protein powder.
How to Make a Citrus Smoothie
- Place frozen bananas and yogurt into blender.
- Add fruit juices or peeled and seeded whole fruits.
- Pour in sweetener to taste.
- Add protein powder if desired.
- Blend until smooth. Add ice here if you want your smoothie thicker.
- Blend again.
- Pour your Vitamin C smoothie into a tall glass.
Serve as is or top with granola and banana slices.
Here are some ideas for changing up this immune booster smoothie:
- Avocado Citrus Smoothie - Add ½ of an avocado.
- Citrus Berry Smoothie - Add ½ cup of berries. Strawberries pair nicely with citrus.
- Citrus Ginger Smoothie - Add 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger or ½ teaspoon of ground ginger.
- Citrus Green Smoothie - Add a handful of kale or spinach. Or add 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder.
- Mango Citrus Smoothie - Add ½ cup of chopped mango.
- Pineapple Citrus Smoothie - Add ½ cup of chopped pineapple (fresh is best).
- Switch Out The Citrus - Use grapefruit, mandarin orange, or yuzu.
How to Store and Freeze
Smoothies are best right after they are blended. However, if you have leftovers and you want to save them, here's what to do:
Store any smoothie leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Stir or shake it before drinking because it may separate.
Freeze smoothie leftovers in a freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. For a typical smoothie texture, blend it again with ice cubes.
Or you can freeze smoothie leftovers in popsicle molds to make popsicles like these chocolate cherry smoothie popsicles.
- ⅓ cup lime juice or 2-3 limes, peeled & seeded
- ¼ cup orange juice or 1 orange, peeled and seeded
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice or 1 lemon, peeled & seeded
- 5.3 oz Key Lime Greek yogurt
- 1-2 Tablespoons honey or agave sweetened to taste
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Ice to thicken (optional)
- Add all ingredients to blender except ice.
- Puree until smooth then add enough ice to bring it to desired consistency.
This post has been updated with new photos, step-by-step directions, and more useful information. It was first published on April 22, 2016.