Happy new year! How many times have you been asked if you’ve made any resolutions this year? I have a hard time using the word resolution.  I don’t why, but I automatically associate it with that thing we say we’re going to do…and don’t.  So, I’ve stopped making them.  Why set myself up for failure?

This Mandarin Orange Creamsicle Smoothie recipe is so delicious! It's thick, frosty and tastes like dessert! No added sugar and under 85 calories each! | @tasteLUVnourish

I just want to continue navigating a path toward healthy living. I say navigating, because I feel as if I’m always learning and changing as I go.  I’m sure you feel the same.  Recently, I feel as if the path has broadened. I’ve not only focused on what I eat, but have found a peacefulness and my own physical strength in yoga and meditation.  Practicing yoga has been a gentler way for me to challenge myself physically and short bits of meditation have dramatically reduced stress for me. If you’re interested, follow me on social media…I’ll be sharing links to some of my favorite resources next week.

This Mandarin Orange Creamsicle Smoothie recipe is so delicious! It's thick, frosty and tastes like dessert! No added sugar and under 85 calories each! | @tasteLUVnourish

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to share this smoothie with you! If you loved those orangey creamsicles as a child, ooooh, you may want to head out to the store now for mandarins! This creamy smoothie is thick, frosty and tastes like dessert, but…guess what? It comes in at only 83 calories per serving!  Whoohoo!

Enjoy your new year ahead. Be gentle with yourself…forget about resolutions.

This Mandarin Orange Creamsicle Smoothie recipe is so delicious! It's thick, frosty and tastes like dessert! No added sugar and under 85 calories each! | @tasteLUVnourish

Mandarin Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Serves: 2
 
This thick and frosty smoothie has no added sugar, is low in fat and calories, naturally vegan and tastes like a dream.
Ingredients
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled, segments separated and frozen
  • ½ banana, peeled and frozen
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the pitcher of your blender. Process on high speed until smooth.
  2. Pour into two serving glasses.
Notes
I use a high speed blender that has the ability to process thicker textures. If your blender has difficulty blending, add a bit more almond milk or omit the ice cubes.

This Mandarin Orange Creamsicle Smoothie recipe is so delicious! It's thick, frosty and tastes like dessert! No added sugar and under 85 calories each! | @tasteLUVnourish

 

Other smoothies I’m loving…

The Best Green Smoothie from Savory Simple

Monkeylada Smoothie from Healthy Seasonal

Pineapple Coconut Chia Shakes from Gather and Dine

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl from With Food and Love