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The name says it all. This smoothie is so refreshing during the summertime. It’s a creamy citrus blend that makes you feel like you’re drinking an orange cloud.

And not only will this cool you down on a hot summer’s day, but it’s also incredibly healthy. My secret weapon?

Greek yogurt.

This is going to sound completely ridiculous, but about a year ago, I sat down in front of my computer one day and decided to research yogurt for hours. No joke. Why, you ask? You’d think it was because I was forced to, but nope! I just did it because I was so curious about yogurt.

Now I get to share my findings with you, as well as the yogurt standards I now go by! I usually only eat Greek yogurt now, but either kind is good for you, so take your pick. Here are some of the benefits of each yogurt:

Regular Yogurt

  • Yogurt is so good for you! Well, duh, but I just had to say it.
  • It is easier on the digestive system than other milk products, so for some that are sensitive to milk, you might not have the same reaction to yogurt.
  • It contains beneficial bacteria: the “live and active cultures” are probiotic bugs that help clean out your digestive system
  • It’s loaded with vitamins
  • It has a good amount of protein (perfect for a post-workout snack!)

Greek Yogurt: Thicker, Richer, and Creamier

  • Has almost twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt (most are usually around 20 grams per serving!)
  • Lower carbohydrates per cup than regular yogurt
  • Also easier to digest and promotes intestinal health
  • Versatility in cooking–since it’s so thick and creamy, it can replace sour cream and milk in various recipes
Regardless of which yogurt you decide you like best, regular or Greek, I am a big advocate of plain yogurt. When you get flavored yogurt, the sugar content is drastically higher making the yogurt less beneficial overall. It’s so simple to just add your own fruit instead! I also add honey or agave nectar sometimes as well. This is a simple granola recipe that I use quite often. Now there is no excuse! This Greek yogurt smoothie is just so tasty. Rich in fruit, vitamins, AND protein–you’re good to go!


You only need 5 ingredients! Can you tell that I love Trader Joe's?

I used frozen mango and pineapple because it’s cheaper and makes the smoothie nice and cold after it’s blended. Plus they were pre-cut, making the entire process incredibly easy. Feel free to use fresh fruit if you’d like though!


Mango, Pineapple, Banana, Orange Smoothie Recipe (serves 2-3)


1 Cup of frozen mango, cut into small chunks
1 Cup of frozen pineapple, cut into small chunks
3/4 of a ripe banana (just munch on the 1/4 left as you are prepping your smoothie!)
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 1/2 Cup of orange juice


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Voila!


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  18 Responses to “Mango, Pineapple, Banana, Orange Smoothie”

  1. This looks so delicious and refreshing! I’m putting all those items down on my TJ shopping list for the weekend. Yum! Wish I was sipping this now.

  2. Love it! I’d like to investigate some savory recipes for Greek yogurt, maybe for a Mexican inspired dish (my fave!) :)

  3. I love smoothies and have one every morning to start my day and usually holds me off eating again until lunch time. I have tried different yogurts too and buy an organic one and every once in a while get a greek one for my smoothies. I just buy a bag of mixed frozen fruit and set to blend away. Your smoothie looks delicious might have to try out the recipe. Thanks for sharing – Take Care

    • Glad there are other people like me who pay attention to the types of yogurt they eat haha. I need to be better and drink smoothies more often like you though. They’re just so good! I will have to just start buying mixed bags of frozen fruit too just to have them on hand so I can make smoothies whenever. Thanks for reading!

  4. That looks so delicious and refreshing!

  5. Ooh, yummy! I think I’ll have to make this…maybe without the pineapple since I don’t have any…and add some protein powder!
    I’m a huge fan of plain yogurt! I love the tart taste and the simpleness of flavour! It’s so versatile!

  6. Stumbled across your recipe via Pinterest and tried it this morning. Very tasty – and so easily adaptable to other fruits.

    Had never really tried Greek yogurt before but it definitely made it thicker and creamier – I’m now a convert.

  7. Do you think using water instead of Orange Juice would still be good?  I just don’t care for the tanginess of citrus in my smoothies.  Other than that I was so delighted to find this recipe because mango, pineapple, and banana is my favorite smoothie combo! Thanks for sharing. =)

  8. The smoothie sounds great except that yogurt and all dairy products are linked to myriad of cancers, cholesterol and heart disease. :(

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