This Cup of Sunshine Smoothie is made with bananas, pineapple, mandarin oranges and yogurt. It's smooth, creamy, incredibly delicious and the perfect way to start your day!
My kids love having smoothies for breakfast, and so do I. They're super easy to make, packed with vitamins and protein, and I can get all of the ingredients into the blender and into glasses in about five minutes. Of course, they taste great, as well! And, I love the convenience of being able to sip on the smoothie while I get the kids' lunches ready.
One of our favorite breakfast smoothies is the Skinny Monkey, which contains some of my middle child's favorite flavors. But with the weather warming up, I've been thinking of sunshine, warm days, tropical flavors, and everything that's fun about spring and summer. So, we came up with this fruity Cup of Sunshine Smoothie. Actually, I came up with the ingredients, and my youngest daughter came up with the name -- she's good at that!
This easy breakfast drink is smooth and creamy, and really does live up to its name. It's also one of the easiest smoothies you can make, especially if you keep all of the ingredients on hand. I think I've told you that I am most definitely NOT a morning person, but this smoothie is quick and easy enough for me. And, it's a great way to use up some ripe bananas.
If you have bananas, mandarin oranges, canned pineapple and yogurt, you're good to go!
How to Make a Cup of Sunshine Smoothie
Cup of Sunshine Smoothie
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 cup crushed pineapple in juice
- 2 mandarin oranges peeled, or a splash of orange juice
- 1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
- Add the ice to the blender
- Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend until smooth
- Pour into glasses, and serve immediately
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
If you don't have any mandarin oranges, you can add a splash of orange juice. It just gives the drink a little extra color and flavor. Actually, when I first made this breakfast drink, I used orange juice, but we ran out, and since we always have mandarin oranges on hand, I started using those instead. So, whatever works! And, if you want a sweeter smoothie, you can always add a little bit of honey.
So, if you need a little sunshine in your life, give this healthy Cup of Sunshine Smoothie a try. I think you'll like it!
Have a Sunny Day!
The Scoop, Wow Us Wednesday, TT&J
Have you tried frozen fruit to replace the ice?
Yes -- adds more flavor! I need to update the recipe. 🙂
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
I totally want YOUR smoothie for my breakfast today!
Thanks, Dorothy! The kids wanted muffins, but tomorrow, I'm making this again. 🙂
Brian Jones says
What a simple but delightful sounding smoothie.
This sounds so tasty and refreshing! I love the bright flavors of all of these ingredients, must be a delicious smoothie. Can't wait to try!!!
Amanda | Chew Town says
Well, it definitely looks like a cup of sunshine! Even without the straw and garnish... although they are perfect. We are going into Autumn here in Australia so I might have to start drinking these every morning to keep summer going as long as possible!!
You could definitely drink this all year round! 🙂
MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou says
Who doesn't love smoothies?! I admit I am a big fan of them, because they create this rejuvenate feeling to my body in the morning. About this version, I agree with you, you have to keep the ingredients (fruits) in hand. Everyone has bananas at home, but the rest of them should be bought in prior. Thanks Dee for sharing the smoothie recipe!
Thanks so much! We always have bananas, and I just make sure I have the others each week. 🙂