People are always asking me about my pregnancy cravings, but to be honest I haven’t had a ton. Earlier during my first trimester I had more food aversions than anything, but luckily those have passed! Lately I have been on a serious citrus kick so I guess that can count that as a craving 🙂 This time of year I have always loved clementines and blood oranges, but I recently discovered Cara Cara oranges (a type of navel orange that looks more like a grapefruit inside) and I can’t seem to get enough!
Starting the day off with a protein rich breakfast is important for many reasons. Protein is the building blocks for all of our cells so it helps support our immune system, promote healing, and helps maintain our lean body mass. This smoothie is the perfect way to combine my obsession with citrus with the need for protein!
There are many different ways to add protein to smoothies. Using milk as your liquid base is a good place to start. Keep in mind that unsweetened soy milk is really the only plant-based milk with a decent amount of protein. If you are using unsweetened almond milk, make sure you include another protein source in your smoothie since 1 cup of almond milk only contains 1-2 grams of protein.
Greek yogurt is a great protein option. Depending on the brand, you can get about 15 grams of protein in a 6oz serving. Choosing a plain Greek yogurt is the best way to limit added sugar, but some brands (like Siggi’s) have very little sugar even in their flavored varieties. If you can find it, the vanilla Siggi’s yogurt works really well with this smoothie!
Finally, some people may opt for protein powder. The type of protein powder really comes down to personal preference whether it be whey protein or a plant-based option like soy, pea, brown rice or hemp. Look for a protein powder that has limited added sugar and about 15-20 grams of protein per serving/scoop.
This smoothie is definitely worth a try! It’s delicious, light and refreshing and couldn’t be simpler to make with just 4 ingredients.
- 1 orange, peeled and divided into segments
- ½ cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 4 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
*If using plain yogurt you may want to add in a drop or two of vanilla extract to give it more of a “creamsicle” flavor!