1 Minute Blueberry Citrus Shake

by Marla on February 5, 2012 · 54 comments

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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?

1 Minute Blueberry Citrus Shake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 1 minute

Yield: 1-2 shakes

1 Minute Blueberry Citrus Shake


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen Blueberries
  • juice from 1 Orange or a few Tangerines, Clemintines, etc - or a splash or Orange Juice
  • a few ounces unsweetened Coconut Milk, Kefir, Greek Yogurt, Goats Milk, Almond Milk ~ anything!
  • a few ounces Ice
  • a few ounces of Water, enough to blend
  • favorite natural sweetener to taste if needed, we use Vanilla Stevia Drops


  • Blend everything until you have a delicious, creamy shake!
  • Notes
  • If freezing and using in your lunch box I would probably use a dairy free milk like coconut milk so your shake does not curdle from the fruit acids.

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) February 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

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!


2 Marla February 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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!


3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

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!


4 Marla February 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

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 :)


5 Krista February 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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


6 Marla February 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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


7 Jeanette February 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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!


8 Marla February 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm

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


9 susan February 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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


10 Marla February 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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!


11 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] February 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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?!


12 Marla February 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

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 :)


13 Nora @ Natural Noshing February 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

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 :)


14 Lucy lean February 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

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


15 Rosa February 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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




16 Becky @ Becky Bakes February 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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


17 Sanjeeta kk February 6, 2012 at 3:03 am

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


18 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 6, 2012 at 4:02 am

Not too shabby for a 40 minute post! πŸ˜€ 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!


19 Kitchen Belleicious February 6, 2012 at 4:41 am

Love it! Pinning it! Love it!


20 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free February 6, 2012 at 5:43 am

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


21 Maria February 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

My kind of shake!


22 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

I’m sold!


23 Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

What a wonderful and refreshing shake!


24 Esi February 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

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


25 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

I love a good quickie breakfast like this!


26 Marla February 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

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.


27 Lana February 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

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


28 Aggie February 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

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


29 Marla February 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

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


30 Charissa February 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

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!


31 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

Amazing and quick! Love it!!!


32 Maria February 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm


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


33 Marla February 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Hi Maria! Thanks for sharing this with your readers :)


34 Cookin' Canuck February 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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.


35 Holly February 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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.


36 aida mollenkamp February 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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


37 Kristen February 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Looks like a winning recipe!


38 Jenny Flake February 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

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


39 Donna February 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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!


40 HeatherChristo February 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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!


41 Valentina February 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

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


42 Tickled Red February 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

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 πŸ˜€


43 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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


44 KelleyAnne April 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This looks so amazing! I just pinned itβ™₯


45 LP @dishclips April 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

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


46 Lorel May 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

looks delicious and quick!


47 Candy Waggener June 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

looks and sounds yummy


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49 Meghan VanCleave October 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

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


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