This refreshing and light strawberry orange smoothie is full of immune boosting ingredients, protein packed, and entirely vegan for a creamy and delicious easy healthy breakfast!

Immune Boosting Strawberry Orange Smoothie (Protein Packed!)

Why I love this protein packed citrus smoothie

I’ve really been trying to switch up my vegan breakfast game- I do love my oats, but lately, I really needed a switch.

Enter in this protein packed, super simple and easy, downright delicious and refreshing strawberry orange smoothie.

This smoothie is entirely vegan, dairy free, and whey free. Plus, it’s protein packed- which I personally love.

vegan citrus smoothie

See, us vegans can get a lot of protein 🙂

In fact, one smoothie contains 305 calories, 12 grams of healthy fats, 22 grams of protein, and over 156% of the recommended daily consumption of Vitamin C, making it a really satisfying and satiating breakfast!

Key Smoothie Ingredients

You’ll only need a few ingredients to blend up this easy citrus smoothie, making it a perfect breakfast, snack, or even evening treat! Yes, you can have a smoothie for dessert too!…at least, I hope I’m not the only one who does this ha!

For this smoothie, you’ll need:

  • Frozen strawberries: you can even buy fresh strawberries when in season, wash, and freeze them to use in this smoothie! Otherwise, I just get mine from the store when it’s during the winter time.
  • Fresh orange slices: you can use orange slices that you freeze if you have a powerful enough blender! I found that I was still able to achieve that super creamy texture with just the frozen strawberries.
  • Vegan protein powder: now this part is crucial- you want to make sure you’re choosing the best flavor so as not to overwhelm the smoothie. I personally recommend Nuzest’s vanilla pea protein or Terrasoul’s unflavored pea protein. The vanilla will give the smoothie a sweet vanilla undertone, and with the unflavored, you won’t taste it at all!
  • Nut or seed butter: a bit of healthy fats in there will help keep you satiated well after enjoying this smoothie!
  • Dairy free mylk: the creamier the better. I recently started using Mooala as my go-to dairy-free mylk, as it’s super creamy and nut-free. But another great choice is oat milk, which you can make easily yourself or purchase in stores! Or just use your fave 🙂 the best for this smoothie will be coconut, oat, or cashew though!
  • Ground ginger: just a bit to give this zesty strawberry orange smoothie a bit of a kick! You can also swap in 1 teaspoon of freshly minced ginger if you have it!
blood oranges and strawberries

What makes this an immune boosting smoothie

Not only is this smoothie really delicious and creamy, but it’s also packed with immune boosting nutrients.

Both oranges and strawberries contain high amounts of Vitamin C, which contains immune boosting properties.

With ground or fresh ginger, you also get the added benefit of being able to potentially relieve a cold and reduce inflammation.

How to make this strawberry orange smoothie

Of course, you know how to make a smoothie- you blend it! The full recipe is found down below with the ingredient measurements. But let’s go over some tips for getting the right consistency for this berry citrus smoothie:

  • Blend on low at first: this will help ensure that your smoothie doesn’t get stuck trying to over blend fruit that got stuck!
  • Add more liquid in small increments: if your smoothie isn’t lending that well at first, it’s tempting to just dump a bunch of liquid in there right away. Hold off on doing that, and just add it in with increments. I aim for about 1/4 cup to even just a splash at a time, then blend.
  • Customize this smoothie: want a bit more nutrients in there? Feel free to add in a tablespoon or spoonful of flaxseed, chia seeds, oats, etc.!

Do you put ice in a smoothie?

For the best smoothie, I recommend using frozen fruit rather than ice. The reason being is that there will be much less potential for your smoothie to turn watery by using frozen fruit.

Your immune boosting smoothie will then be creamy, thick, and smoothie rather than icy, watery, and bland!

Smoothie making FAQ’s

Can I make this strawberry orange smoothie into a smoothie bowl?

Absolutely! If you want to turn this orange smoothie into a bowl rather than a drinkable smoothie, reduce the liquid to 3/4 cup rather than 1 cup. You could even start out with just 1/2 cup, and add more liquid if needed.

Then for toppings, you can add whatever you’d like! Top with more fresh fruit, granola, cacao nibs, seeds, nuts, and the like!

How do I thicken my smoothie?

The key to a super thick smoothie is both a mix of the blender and the frozen fruit to liquid ratio. To be honest, a good blender is really crucial. I’ve tried making smoothies in not-so-great blenders (looking at you, my old 10-year Nutribullet that I exhausted in my college days ha!), and you just end up with a mess. Using a high powdered blender is your first step.

Next, it’s in the ratio of frozen fruit to liquid. More frozen fruit = thicker smoothie. Always start with just a little liquid, and you can then add more.

hand holding smoothie

What blender should I use?

For this smoothie, I used my Oster blender- I absolutely love that one, and it’s lasted me several years. They also recently launched a portable blender, which I’m obsessed with.

Of course, there’s the Vitamix, but Cuisinart and KitchenAid also have wonderful blenders! The keys to look for in shopping for a great blender is wattagehigh wattage will lead to a stronger and more powerful blend.

pouring strawberry orange smoothie

Can I add vegetables to this smoothie?

Absolutely! Feel free to add in a handful of spinach or kale if you’d like. You can even add in frozen avocado and/or cauliflower for extra creaminess.

How do I make this citrus smoothie sweeter?

I personally find this smoothie to be really sweet as if, but if your citrus isn’t ready yet, you can add in a small spoonful of maple syrup for a bit of extra sweetness!

hand squeezing juice into smoothie

Citrus smoothie toppings

Of course, this is my favorite part. I love a bit of a crunch to a smoothie, even drinkable ones!

For toppings on this strawberry orange smoothie, I love adding:

  • cacao nibs
  • crushed nuts
  • chocolate chips
  • chia seeds
  • granola
smoothies in glasses

I hope you absolutely love this refreshing and easy strawberry orange smoothie as much as I do! If you make it, let me know how it goes down below in the comments section, as well as giving it a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others may find the recipe!

As always, I adore seeing your creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there!

Happy smoothie blending!

More healthy vegan breakfast recipes

The Best Vegan Overnight Oats 3 Ways

Fluffy Vegan Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Easy Vegan Belgian Waffles

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Immune Boosting Strawberry Orange Smoothie (Protein Packed!)
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Immune Boosting Strawberry Orange Smoothie (Protein Packed!)

Immune Boosting Strawberry Orange Smoothie (Vegan, Protein Packed)

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  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This refreshing and light strawberry orange smoothie is full of immune boosting ingredients, protein packed, and entirely vegan for a creamy and delicious easy healthy breakfast!


  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 orange (any kind), peeled and segmented
  • 1 cup dairy free unsweetened milk
  • 2 tbsp favorite vegan protein (I use vanilla pea protein)
  • 1 tbsp favorite or neutral nut or seed butter
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Optional: 1 Yogi Tea Immune Boosting tea bag*


  1. Place all ingredients (for the tea option, please see notes) into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. 
  3. Enjoy! Scale up for multiple servings.


*If you want to add a tea option to this smoothie, simply heat the dairy free milk and steep the tea bag. Then allow the milk to chill. Use as you would regular dairy free milk in a smoothie!


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 17.1 g
  • Sodium: 188.7 mg
  • Fat: 12.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.5 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 22.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg