This orange lemonade smoothie is the perfect summertime drink! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s refreshing and satisfying. And, it’s super easy to make! This orange lemonade smoothie recipe works perfectly as either a regular green smoothie or as a frozen treat.
Orange Lemonade Superfood Smoothie Recipe
- 6 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice (can also use tangelos)
- juice of 2 lemons (Meyer lemons work great)
- 1 frozen banana
- 3-4 mint leaves
- 5-6 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon goji powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Water (use only enough to blend smoothie to desired thickness)
- 2-3 handfuls spinach
- Liquid stevia (one dropper if you use tangelos)
- Blend and add water until reach desired consistency.
- If you want to create the freezer pops, blend and place them into freezer pop molds and freeze until frozen. If making pops, this recipe will make 4 pops of average pop size.
FAQ about Orange Lemonade Smoothies
What are the health benefits of oranges?
Oranges are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, and potassium. They also contain flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can help protect against certain diseases. The health benefits of oranges may include reducing the risk of stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases.
Citrus juices can also help to prevent kidney stones, and orange juice has been shown to speed up wound healing. The citric acid in these fruits can also help to improve digestion and prevent indigestion.
What type of Oranges is best to use?
Almost any type of orange will work for this recipe. Either Cara Cara oranges, navel oranges, the “cuties” or even tangelos which aren’t really orange but more like a combo of a grapefruit and a tangerine. The popular brand name for tangelos is “honeybells”.
What superfoods go best with this recipe?
Goji powder and chia seeds as the superfoods for this smoothie. As I always say, if you don’t have the superfoods or if you have others that you like, use them or make the smoothie without them. The best part about making green smoothies with fruit is that you can throw in whatever you like and it will taste great! That is once the fruit takes the majority of the smoothie.
Can you freeze an orange lemonade smoothie?
If you have made too much, a great idea is to turn your orange lemonade smoothie into frozen pops. They will stay in the freezer for about a month to two and are perfect for kids as an after-school snack.
So much better than those “freezer pops” which are full of artificial crap and are full of HFCS and sugar.
Do You Need to Peel All Fruits Before Putting Them into Your Drink?
If you are going for the full benefit then you can leave the peel on if you’re just going to blend the fruit into a smoothie or juice. The peel contains fiber and vitamin C, so it’s good for you. Just be sure to wash the fruit first. However, if you are looking for more of a lemonade or an orangeade, then go ahead and peel the fruit. Otherwise, it’s not necessary and will just add extra work for you.
How to sweeten?
In order to an orange lemonade smoothie, you will need the following ingredients you could consider adding some honey. A good touch is to add mint for garnish and stir.
Can I prep this orange lemonade smoothie ahead of time?
You can make smoothies ahead of time, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, fruits can start to oxidize and turn brown when they’re cut up and exposed to air. So if you’re planning on making a smoothie with fresh produce, it’s best to do it right before you drink it. Second, if you’re using yogurt or milk in your smoothie, those can also start to spoil if they’re sitting out for too long. So if you want your smoothie to be as fresh as possible, it’s best to make it right before you plan on drinking it.
However, in terms of cutting up the oranges and lemons and leaving them in containers in the fridge – then you can certainly do this ahead of time and give yourself a bit of slack in the morning by preparing the night in advance.
Do lemon and mint leaves help in losing weight?
There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that lemon and mint leaves help in losing weight. However, these ingredients are often used in detox teas and drinks, which may help promote weight loss by increasing metabolism and aiding in digestion.