Sweet strawberries and tangy mandarins blended with creamy banana, this smoothie is a perfect burst of energy and flavor.
I have been making a LOT of fruit smoothies lately. They are fresh, sweet, fast, and healthy. And my kids love them! What more could a mom ask for?
One of my favorite ingredients in a fruit smoothie is orange juice. It’s sweet and tart. It brings more “oomph” to a smoothie than milk.
But I am often without orange juice. This was one of those times.
I almost went for the milk. Then my eyes drifted to the bag of mandarins sitting on our counter.
I like mandarins. I really do. My trouble is the peeling. See, my husband can peel off the outside and eat a mandarin orange in two halves, all in under a minute. But not me. It takes me ten minutes to peel a mandarin to my picky standards. By then my fingers are sticky and tired, and I don’t much feel like peeling another. Sometimes it’s difficult for us to finish the whole bag.
So I decided to blend a few for their juice and make a smoothie. Normally I add in some Greek yogurt, but today I just wanted the fruit. The result was pleasantly frothy, and so fresh I felt like summer had arrived.
Strawberry Mandarin Smoothie
(yields one large smoothie, or one medium smoothie and a toddler-sized smoothie)
- 6-7 jumbo strawberries, tops removed
- 3 mandarin oranges, peeled
- 1 banana, frozen in 1 inch slices
- large squirt of honey, or to taste
Blend orange segments in a food processor and push through a sieve to extract all the juice. Discard pulp. Pour orange juice into a blender. Add strawberries and blend. Add banana slices and blend. Taste, then add honey to desired sweetness. Drink up all that good fruit!
Have a great week!