One of my favorite things about January is the abundance of citrus popping up in the grocery stores. Just the other day I was in Whole Foods and sweet Texas grapefruit, juicy navel oranges, and gorgeous yellow lemons were on display near the front of the store. Their fresh citrus aroma sucked me in and of course I had to fill my basket full of them. When I got home I knew the first thing I wanted to make with those beautiful navel oranges was an Orange Creamsicle Smoothie!
I don’t talk a lot about the things I miss from Arizona, but aside from my family there is one other thing that I really miss, fresh citrus growing in the backyard. From the time I was a baby until a year and a half ago I have always had some sort of citrus tree growing in my backyard. Growing up my parents had two orange trees (and still have them to this day) that were always loaded with sweet oranges this time of year. It was so nice to be able to walk outside and grab a couple for eating or juicing whenever I felt like it.
When my husband and I purchased our first house in Arizona it had a huge lemon tree in the backyard along with an orange tree. While the oranges in our backyard weren’t nearly as delicious as the ones at my parent’s house, the lemons were incredible! These lemons weren’t the itty bitty kind, no sir, they were about as big as oranges! One of my favorite things to do with the lemons aside from making lemonade was to make lemon bars. There is something about making lemon bars with lemons from your own tree that makes them taste that much better!
Even though I don’t have the convenience of fresh citrus sitting in my backyard I still love using it this time of year. Making this creamy, sweet, Orange Creamsicle Smoothie was the perfect way for me to take advantage of it. Like the name implies, this smoothie tastes just like an orange creamsicle, except it’s healthy enough to have for breakfast. The smoothie uses only 5 ingredients! Oranges, Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and ice. You can sip on it leisurely after your morning workout or drink it on your way to work. Take advantage of the season’s juicy oranges and make on of these simple 5 ingredient Orange Creamsicle Smoothies!