Mix up your smoothie selection with this high-protein creamy orangesicle smoothie.

I talk a lot about how to eat healthy on the go – that’s what inspired this protein packed orange creamsicle smoothie recipe. I have a boat-load of smoothie recipes using protein powder and Greek yogurt, so I thought it was time to mix up the menu. Cottage cheese to the rescue!

Mixed with fruit, cottage cheese is a great breakfast or snack that can be made quickly and easily for those of us that are on the go. It definitely has a unique texture when eaten alone, but if you don’t like that, don’t worry – once blended, it turns into a liquid that gives the creamy consistency you want in a smoothie. It also increases the protein and calcium while keeping the fat content low. I’ve used cottage cheese a lot in cooking – it’s actually cottage cheese that gives my macaroni and cheese recipe a protein punch. I had never used it as an ingredient in a smoothie. Until now!

Unlike Greek yogurt or flavored protein powders, it doesn’t offer much in terms of sweetness. The key to success is to mix it with the right ingredients.

This orange smoothie delivers a delicious blend of wholesome ingredients, with a touch of sweetness too.  I used a tbsp. of good old-fashioned sugar in this recipe, but you’re free to swap it out for honey, agave or your favorite sweetener. Using a different sweetener won’t change the added sugar content, but it will change the flavor. The strong orange flavor comes from the addition of orange extract, as well as the whole fruit itself.

I recommend using a high powered blender for this recipe – that way you get all of the fibrous pieces of the orange without actually swallowing pieces of fruit.

The result is a thick, creamy nutritious smoothie that tastes like an orange creamsicle.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Protein Packed Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Mix up your smoothie selection with this protein packed orange creamsicle smoothie – made with cottage cheese.
Author: Heather Mangieri, RDN


  • 1/2 cup 1% fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp 5-6 drops orange extract
  • ice


  • Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a high-powdered blender – Pour. Go.


Nutrition Facts: makes 1 smoothie– 250 Calories, 41 g carbohydrate, 3 gram fiber, 19 g protein, 1.5 g fat, 6% daily Vitamin D, 20% daily calcium, 10% daily potassium

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Looking for other ways to add cottage cheese to your meals. Check out Five Delicious Ways to Eat Cottage Cheese.

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