This Orange Mango Smoothie is the perfect cold, creamy and refreshing post workout smoothie. This smoothie made with yogurt tastes like like an orange creamsicle smoothie and will nourish your body and taste buds!
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During both of my pregnancies, I enjoyed my fair share of citrus fruits, especially blood oranges and frozen mango, so I made this creamsicle protein shake blending the two.
Honestly, I always thought I wanted citrus more in the summer when it’s hot. But, this orangesicle smoothie is too good to not enjoy year round.
An orange and mango smoothie is the best combination of two awesome, juicy fruits.
Ingredients in Orange and Mango Smoothie
- Cara Cara oranges (or any type of orange)
- frozen mango
- plain greek yogurt – You could also use vanilla flavored
- protein powder (I prefer vanilla for this recipe. Choose from any of these protein powders for runners!)
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup (optional)
As I mentioned, this orange creamsicle shake came about because I became obsessed with Cara Cara oranges. They taste like a blend of a sweet orange and a grapefruit and they make this creamsicle smoothie the best ever.
And, because of their hydrating ability and antioxidant content, blended with carbs and protein, this mango smoothie with yogurt makes for a great post recovery workout smoothie.
Protein for runners is usually underemphasized, so this is an easy and convenient, high-protein option.
The Best Post Run Smoothie
Let’s discuss why this mango greek yogurt smoothie is great for runners and athletes, and makes the cut for a great healthy snack for athletes.
The nutritional benefits and breakdown make it the best after workout smoothie.
- Protein – Whey protein is important after a workout, and especially incorporating the amino acid, leucine. Leucine helps with muscle growth and decreasing muscle breakdown. Leucine is a brancehd chain amino acid, and BCAAs for runners may be helpful in some circumstances if adequate protein is challenging. Greek yogurt, milk and protein powder supply ample protein.
- Vitamins A & C – These vitamins are antioxidant and is great for reducing inflammation in the body and enhancing immunity. Vitamin C also helps with iron absorption.
- Polyphenols – These are anti-inflammatory compounds that help neutralize free radicals and inflammation in the body and can help enhance recovery. As discussed in the journal, Oxidative Medicine, polyphenols help mitigate oxidative stress.
- Carbohydrates – Fruit and dairy offer some carbohydrates, which the body takes up as quick sugars to help improve recovery post-workout. Mangos and bananas are great running recovery foods!
- Electrolytes – Electrolytes for runners are also very important and help with hydration. This smoothie bursts sodium, potassium and some magnesium. The 1/8 tsp of salt adds 260 mg of sodium to help replenish that lost in sweat. Potassium is important to replenish, too, since it helps with muscle cramps and balancing heart contractions.
With the hint of citrus and tropical fruits + the creamy dairy addition + the slight sweetness – this orange and mango smoothie is almost too good to be true.
Of course, it will be super refreshing and hydrating for summer hydration and to refuel after a summer workout.
This after workout smoothie recipe also holds its own in the winter, though, when oranges are in season and you start to crave them more.
How to Make an Orange Creamsicle Shake
To make this orange cream smoothie most taste like a creamsicle shake, don’t skimp on the citrus!
The care cara oranges work magically when combined with frozen mango and a creamy greek yogurt and vanilla protein powder.
Then, add the greek yogurt, oranges, protein powder, salt and vanilla extract.
Add the milk or liquid last so you can control the creaminess. If you like a thicker smoothie, add less liquid. Or, add more for a thinner smoothie.
While it’s easy to recognize our sweat in the summer, in winter dehydration can sneak under the radar with cooler temperatures because sweat evaporates quicker.
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Yes, you can make this smoothie dairy free. Use a plant-based milk and yogurt, or leave out the yogurt completely. Make sure there is no dairy in your protein powder.
Yes, you can add banana. It will add a natural sweetness.
No, you don’t have to add ice. You can add more frozen fruit, if you prefer, or leave it out entirely. The ice helps make it thicker and creamier, in my opinion, but it is not absolutely necessary.
This Orange and Mango Smoothie is the perfect cold and creamy post workout recovery smoothie. Enjoy the taste of the healthy creamsicle shake!
- Add ice and frozen mango to bottom of smoothie.
- Next, add yogurt, oranges, protein powder, salt and vanilla extract.
- Add milk last to control how liquidy you want it.
- Mix all ingredients into blender and blend to desired consistency. Final result should be creamy, like a milkshake
*If dairy free, coconut milk would be a great substitute
For a more liquid smoothie, add more milk. For a creamier shake, use less liquid.
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