This Tropical Blood Orange Smoothie might be my absolute favorite smoothie yet! The blood orange juice goes perfectly with the tropical flavors of the pineapples and bananas to create a delicious and creamy smoothie!
WHAT ARE BLOOD ORANGES?
Blood oranges are a citrus fruit that is part of the orange family. Its name comes from its dark red flesh color that sometimes varies from a pinkish-red to a “blood” reddish color.
The red pigment in blood oranges come from what is called ‘Anthocyanins.’ Anthocyanins are a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants are known to help protect your body from free radicals and can help fight off chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Blood oranges are full of anthocyanins and therefore very rich in antioxidants! But they are also a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium and Fiber.
There are 3 types of blood oranges: Moro, Tarocco and Sanguinello. Moros are the most commonly found type of blood oranges in the US. They are mostly available during the winter season from December through April.
DO BLOOD ORANGES TASTE LIKE REGULAR ORANGES?
Short answer is Yes. For the most part, blood oranges taste just like the regular oranges you are familiar with, but they do have a slightly different and unique taste. In my opinion they are slightly sweeter than a navel orange, but not as sweet as a tangerine. However, some people feel as though they are a little more tart and not as sweet as a regular orange. It really kind of depends on the person. Regardless, there is no denying the gorgeous dark red color you get when you cut into one of these beauties!
BLOOD ORANGE SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
Blood Oranges - You can find blood oranges at most grocery stores in the produce section, but they are most available when they are in season during the winter months.
Frozen Pineapple - Frozen pineapple tastes so good in this smoothie! You can also purchase fresh pineapple, chop it up and freeze it ahead of time to use in your smoothie!
Banana - Frozen bananas work best as it gives the smoothie a thick, creamy consistency. Just peel your banana ahead of time, cut it in half and lay it in a single layer on a plate. Freeze in your freezer for about 3 hours. Then transfer the frozen banana from the plate to a freezer safe bag or air-tight container.
Plain or Vanilla Yogurt - Adding a little bit of yogurt to this smoothie helps give the smoothie a really smooth consistency. I use vanilla dairy-free yogurt in mine.
Almond milk - Almond milk goes perfectly with this smoothie but feel free to use regular whole milk or any plant-based milk you prefer. I also prefer using the vanilla flavored almond milk in my smoothies.
Hemp seeds (optional) - Smoothies are a great way to sneak in extra plant-based protein such as ground flaxseeds, chia seeds or hemp seeds. You can also add your favorite protein powder to this smoothie as well. You can check out this article from Healthline for more info on the health benefits of Hemp Seeds!
CAN I USE REGULAR ORANGES?
Sure! This smoothie still tastes great with blood oranges or regular navel oranges. I just love the color that blood oranges give the smoothie.
Use frozen fruit for your smoothies to give you the perfect smoothie texture without having to use ice. Ice can sometimes water down your smoothie. So whenever you have the opportunity, always opt for frozen fruit. In this particular recipe, there isn't a lot of frozen fruit so a little bit of ice works well!
Add your liquid first. Always add your liquid first to the blender when making a smoothie. This not only protects the blades in your blender but it also helps the ingredients to blend easier.
Sweeteners. Try to stay away from adding regular sugar to your smoothie. Use natural sweeteners instead like honey, maple syrup or dates instead. Luckily, you don't need any extra sweetener for this one!
MORE EASY SMOOTHIE RECIPES
- Blood Orange Mixed Berry Smoothie
- Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
- Avocado Pineapple Smoothie
- Strawberry Spinach Green Smoothie
- Matcha Green Smoothie