Creamy, naturally sweet, and exploding with vitamin C and antioxidants. This Orange-Blueberry Smoothie is a perfect breakfast option. And if you need me to sell it to you further, it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and it’s not even 200 calories.
Towards the very end of 2014, I took a trip. A long trip. Toronto, Canada to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Door to door the journey took over 24 hours.
Now flying across the world does have its perks, I was able to watch A LOT of In-Flight Entertainment – some good (I watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol no less than 3 times), some not so good (like the miserable “rom-com” where the female protagonist ends up in an abusive marriage, while the male protagonist becomes an utterly depressed alcoholic… yeah, “rom-com”.).
Flying across the world also has its cons, jet lag being one of them. There’s a 10-hour time difference between Toronto and Dhaka; that’s literally night and day. But I didn’t feel jet lagged. In fact, I felt great. So great that I decided to go to the hotel gym my first day there.
I had a fantastic workout. I was incredible. People would even stop to watch me, no doubt in awe of my magnificence. But it was only towards the very end of my monumental workout did I notice that a pretty female gym instructor would circle around me, and every so often allow her gaze to linger.
I wasn’t sure what to think of it at first. Is she attracted to me? Maybe she’s impressed by my awesome workout? Wait…no, did I forget to wear my shorts or something?!
She smiled and walked towards me. “Hi!” she said.
“Hi. How are you?” I replied, still a little confused.
“Did you know this is the Ladies’-only Gym?” And there it was. Jet lag – the ultimate prankster. Somehow, despite feeling great, I had managed to walk into the Women’s Only section at the gym. Thankfully, there weren’t any women working out at the time – would’ve hated to make anyone uncomfortable!
Everyday following, for the rest of my trip, I started my day with an Orange-Blueberry Smoothie from Room Service, it was the perfect burst of energy and nutrition to start off my very busy days. I’ve fiddled with several versions of the smoothie since then, and today I’m presenting my favourite version. Hope you enjoy it!
1 ½ Cups Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
1 Cup Orange Juice
½ Cup Low-Fat Greek Yoghurt – Vanilla
2-4 Ice Cubes
¼ teaspoon Orange Zest
Fresh blueberries, for garnish (Optional)
Thinly Sliced Orange Peels, for garnish (Optional)
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Combine first 5 ingredients in blender. Puree until thick and smooth. Pour into glasses. Garnish with blueberries, and a thinly sliced orange peel.
One of my favourite aspects to having a morning smoothie is the lack of fuss. 10 minutes (at the most!) to get it ready, and then 5 minutes to wash up. Brilliant.
Do you have a favourite smoothie? Any particular smoothie recipe you’re curious to try? Have you tried mine? Comment below and let me know what you think!