1 Minute Blueberry Citrus Shake

Marla Meridith

February 5, 2012

Gluten free, quick healthy, diet shake - smoothie recipe.

1 Minute Blueberry Citrus Shake | MarlaMeridith.com

This post is a test. A simple test to see how quickly I can share a truly tasty little something. I just got back from spending a super fun day with my kids. We had a fun lunch out, a trip to Barnes and Noble for some new books & my expensive international food + design magazines. I can’t live without those beauties (my kids and the mags!) in my life.

The timer is set. My posts usually take hours and hours. I want to see if I can blast this one out in 40 minutes or less. Here goes!
Fresh blueberries in a vintage ice cream glass parfait dish

Smoothies and shakes are quick and healthy ways to fulfill cravings for sweets. In our house we throw a few ounces of any kind of milk or yogurt in a blender along with some of our favorite fruits. Add to that a cup of ice and we blend a creamy shake in our handy dandy Blendtec blender.

I have to say it is nice to have a high powered blender around. It blends the ice to just the right creamy, icy consistency!

Fresh Tangerine on Shabby Chic fabric

My son spotted a ripe juicy orange in the fridge, we have a lot of citrus here from the chocolate truffles I was making. I also had a whole lot of blueberries that needed to be used. So in went the juice from an orange and about 1 cup of fresh blueberries. Feel free to use frozen blueberries and please don’t trouble yourself with precise measurements. Please.

A lot of folks I know freeze homemade smoothies to pack in their lunch boxes for themselves and their kids. Have you ever done this? By the time lunch rolls around your shake is not longer an ice cube but a shake! Not to mention it can help keep the rest of your stuff cool in your lunch box. This is a great idea for Project Lunch Box don’t ya think?

What is your favorite shake recipe?

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  • Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
    Posted at 18:12h, 05 February

    Very good speedy post 🙂

    Huh, I’d never have thought to pack a frozen smoothie for a later-in-the-day snack. I love that idea, though!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:28h, 05 February

      Liz, I started seeing a bunch of bloggers doing this. Thought it was a great idea + had to share with you guys 🙂 Glad you like!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Posted at 19:29h, 05 February

    Looks perfect and congrats on the speedy post. I’m guessing you still didn’t pull this off in under 40 mins but hopefully under 60-75 mins 🙂

    Blogging and sharing things and simple recipes is never quite as ‘simple’ as it seems, is it. Especially when the photography is as gorgeous as yours and the amt of time you put into it!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:49h, 05 February

      Averie, if my internet connection hadn’t crashed and lost part of the post I would have been right on target. Let’s also add an extra 5 for the shot of the shake. Thank goodness the other photos (blueberries and clementines) are in my library ~ those would have added many, many more minutes. You are right ~ even a quickie post has way more to it than meets the eyes 🙂

  • Krista
    Posted at 19:30h, 05 February

    Simple. Beautiful. Delicious. Nailed it! ;). I just received some kefir to try and this gave me some ideas!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:47h, 05 February

      Krista, we use kefir all the time. So healthy + delicious!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 19:30h, 05 February

    We are a big smoothie family, perfect start to the morning. I keep frozen berries, peaches, mangoes, and always have bananas to throw into smoothies. Love the idea of a quick post!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:46h, 05 February

      Jeanette, it is awesome to have all of those frozen fruits on hand. Makes creating frozen drinks so quick + easy!

  • susan
    Posted at 20:10h, 05 February

    Marla, what a gorgeous color. We too, love a morning shake, it’s a ritual for Isaac, Eli, and I(we add a bit of protein powder) and my kids are ready to start their day. Love the frozen shake idea…I am going to have to lift that one! x

    • Marla
      Posted at 22:00h, 05 February

      Susan, awesome how quick delicious shakes are to make. Protein powder is always a great add in as are nuts and nut butters. Heck, homemade whipped cream is great too!

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 21:04h, 05 February

    Sounds like a great Sunday! Kids, book store, healthy and tasty smoothie. All is well! I am craving a high quality blender. I’ll be sure to check out the one you mentioned.

    My favorite smoothie must include peanut butter. It must.

    So, did the post take 40 mins?!

    • Marla
      Posted at 21:58h, 05 February

      Allison, this post was my quickest yet. Thankfully I have a huge archive of photos to choose from. I did however take a quick pic of this smoothie. Pretty much took the 40 minutes ~ not including making the smoothie & the photo. 40 minutes computer time! PB is not negotiable – you are correct on that one 🙂

  • Nora @ Natural Noshing
    Posted at 22:46h, 05 February

    I love the sound of a blueberry citrus smoothie! Your photos are lovely 🙂 I could pick one of the blueberries right out of the picture!
    I love smoothies with nut butter mmmmm, I’m with Allison, peanut butter is a must! Thanks so much for sharing my link – pb + banana is our family fav 🙂

  • Lucy lean
    Posted at 22:58h, 05 February

    Love smoothies in all shapes colors and any time of the day. Nothing like a blended drink I say and congrats on speedy post.

  • Rosa
    Posted at 23:07h, 05 February

    Mmmhhh, divine! That healthy shake must be so enjoyable. Just the kind of flavors I love.



  • Becky @ Becky Bakes
    Posted at 23:33h, 05 February

    We have been making smoothies daily here. This one looks great! I’ve been coveting a Blendtec…good to hear you like yours!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Posted at 03:03h, 06 February

    Wow..bang on for my summer treat! Would love to make it store it and sip it for the whole day…Lovely.

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    Posted at 04:02h, 06 February

    Not too shabby for a 40 minute post! 😀 I know what you mean, though. It takes so long to pull together a post from start to finish. Your posts are always top notch quality. I love and appreciate that!
    As for the smoothie (sipping on my blueberry spinach for breakfast at the moment), I love it! I never thought to put orange in my smoothies. I’ll have to give it a go! 🙂 Thanks Marla!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Posted at 04:41h, 06 February

    Love it! Pinning it! Love it!

  • Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free
    Posted at 05:43h, 06 February

    If only every post, recipe, prep, can take under 40 minutes! Ha! Oh well, it’s the journey that is more fun anyway 😀

  • Maria
    Posted at 06:45h, 06 February

    My kind of shake!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 06:57h, 06 February

    I’m sold!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    Posted at 07:06h, 06 February

    What a wonderful and refreshing shake!

  • Esi
    Posted at 07:21h, 06 February

    Love this shake! My blender died recently, but I think I can still make it with the immersion blender.

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 08:18h, 06 February

    I love a good quickie breakfast like this!

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:52h, 06 February

      Sommer, quick, delicious & nutritious is a great thing isn’t it?! Especially when trying to get the kiddos out the door. All else fails they can drink it in the car.

  • Lana
    Posted at 08:19h, 06 February

    Thanks for the tip about freezing smoothies and shakes – it would be a perfect snack for the lunch box! My girls will be happy:)

  • Aggie
    Posted at 09:10h, 06 February

    I don’t know why but I never think to add citrus to my smoothies! Looks great Marla!

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:50h, 06 February

      Aggie, it’s a nice little refreshing twist. Besides you are in the land of citrus so a perfect match 🙂

  • Charissa
    Posted at 10:23h, 06 February

    Thank you so much Marla!
    I know what you mean…I feel like blogging takes so much time these days. I have a lot of other things on my plate, so I’m trying to figure out ways to make creating posts go a lot faster!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    Posted at 11:52h, 06 February

    Amazing and quick! Love it!!!

  • Maria
    Posted at 12:20h, 06 February


    Thanks for sharing this delish recipe — I thought my Mexican food recipe bloggers would enjoy this so I shared it on my blog with a link back to yours: http://www.mexfoodrecipes.com. Amazing how easy it can be to create extremely healthy and yummy treats like this one!
    Have a great day,

    Find me on twitter: @mexfoodrecipes

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:08h, 06 February

      Hi Maria! Thanks for sharing this with your readers 🙂

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 13:30h, 06 February

    Okay, I love the idea of packing a frozen smoothie in my kids’ lunch box (or my own). I know they would be so excited to open their lunch boxes and find a creamy, fruity smooth nestled alongside their other goodies.

  • Holly
    Posted at 13:42h, 06 February

    We make the exact shake, using almond milk and Greek yogurt, but I add the whole peeled orange, not the juice only. I also add a frozen banana, a bit of frozen pineapple or mango, ground flax seed, and chia seeds. No sweetener is needed with those fruits added, and there’s plenty of fiber.

  • aida mollenkamp
    Posted at 14:10h, 06 February

    Great tip on packing the frozen smoothie — thanks, Marla!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 14:34h, 06 February

    Looks like a winning recipe!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 14:46h, 06 February

    What a perfect colorful quick shake. Bet it’s delicious 🙂 xoxo

  • Donna
    Posted at 16:09h, 06 February

    So, how many minutes did it take – start to finish? Your photos are fabulous – seems like they would have taken more than 40 minutes all by themselves. Must buy blueberries!

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 17:39h, 06 February

    I love a great smoothie- I have been getting more and more into juicing and blending. I am saving this quick and lovely recipe for my archives!

  • Valentina
    Posted at 22:17h, 06 February

    Well done! However, speedy or not, your posts are simply beautiful!

  • Tickled Red
    Posted at 19:28h, 08 February

    I have been trying to get Patch to incorporate more fruit into his diet {he’s my dough boy}. I’m definitely making this for him to try 😀

  • Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids
    Posted at 14:05h, 15 February

    It is a great idea for Project Lunchbox. Sounds perfect for breakfast, lunch, snack, or a healthy dinner “dessert”. Love it!

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    Posted at 15:25h, 30 April

    This looks so amazing! I just pinned it♥

  • LP @dishclips
    Posted at 17:46h, 30 April

    This looks refreshing and delicious. You had me at “1 minute.” Thanks for sharing!

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    Posted at 09:02h, 09 May

    looks delicious and quick!

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    This sounds amazing and so refreshing. I cannot wait to try it out!

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