Rise and Shine Citrus Smoothie



With the chaos that is most mornings in our house, ‘family breakfast’ is a time when just the kids are seen eating while I sip coffee and gather lunches, agendas and lists to start the day. I admit to having a terrible habit of skipping breakfast, with the exception of our traditional weekend brunch when we all sit together and have a great meal. Inarguably so, this time is precious.

As a sponsor of Breakfast Clubs of Canada, Minute Maid polled Canadians on the factors that get in the way of them enjoying their breakfast together. Turns out our family story is the same as many families living in Alberta, as you’ll see in the following slideshow. I had no idea that breakfast habits are so similar from region to region!

Yet, common facts from families all across Canada, nationwide?

  • Solo eaters: Eight in ten Canadian families don’t sit down for breakfast together
  • Do as I say, not as I do: While most Canadian parents would feel worried (41%), guilty (27%) or disappointed (31%) if their children went a day without breakfast, 14% of parents still skip breakfast themselves
  • Timing the challenge:  Two in five Canadian parents say their biggest breakfast challenge is lack of time to prepare; a third say it’s a lack of time to eat in the morning at all.
  • On the clock: About half of Canadian families  spend less than 10 minutes preparing breakfast and more than half spend less than 15 minutes eating it
  • Breakfast balancing basics: Nineteen out of twenty Canadian parents feel it is important that their family eat a well-balanced breakfast; 94% are confident they understand what a well-balanced breakfast is

To help change some habits and bring breakfast back to homes across Canada, Minute Maid has partnered with Canadian Living to develop some delicious recipes to help ease the strain on mornings.

I was so curious to check out these recipes, since Minute Maid Orange Juice is ALWAYS seen at our brunch table. Yet honestly, I never thought to cook with it, and I enjoy finding new recipes to add to my favorites list!

The Double Orange Muffins is on my must-make list for the weekend, yet the girls wouldn’t let me wait until then to try the Rise and Shine Citrus Smoothie.

My girls adore their smoothies, yet we’ve been somewhat in a rut lately, always making the same recipe. Not any more!

Not only did we make this recipe together {me operating the blender while they gathered and poured in the ingredients}, yet we drank it together too. Delicious!

Here’s the recipe:


Rise and Shine Citrus Smoothie

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Try the Rise and Shine Citrus Smoothie, a healthy and delicious way to start the day. Kid-approved too, it's full of flavour.


  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups honey-flavoured Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Minute Maid Chilled Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Minute Maid Frozen Grapefruit Concentrate
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds, optional
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 cups ice cubes


  1. In blender, combine blueberries, yogurt, orange juice, grapefruit concentrate, oat bran, honey, chia seeds (if using) and flaxseed
  2. mix on medium speed until combined.
  3. Add ice cubes; pulse until ice cubes begin to break down; puree until completely incorporated.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 568Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 141gFiber: 5gSugar: 132gProtein: 6g

Did you make this recipe?

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Many households across Canada enjoy a glass of Minute Maid juice with breakfasts. Yet there’s great ways to incorporate the beverage into recipes as well. Making cooking and baking fun, let’s bring families back together for breakfast. Check out the recipes for yourself on their new Pinterest Page!

rise and shine citrus smoothie.



    1. It was my first time trying it, a little expensive, but sooo good!
      I love this recipe, so tasty!

  1. Oh YUMMY!!! I have blueberries, chia seeds & ground flax seed in my oatmeal 6 mornings a week! I also enjoy Greek Yogurt once a day….EVERY day! This is on my TRY it list for this w/e!! Thanks for sharing with us all, Tammi! 🙂

    1. oh do you? It was my first time trying these ingredients, and I really like it. we much chat more about them!

  2. These look great to try especially with St Patty’s day around the corner & Easter too. Colorful drinks are fun! Thanks

  3. I make breakfast every morning for my kids. This raise the chances to 90% that I’ll also be eating breakfast 🙂 It’s all my kids fault 🙂

    I love the breakfasts though. I know the benefits.

    And gosh this smoothie is to be made! Feel like I should send it to my MIL!

  4. I start everyday with a smoothie similar to yours. We are very blessed that we can sit down as a family each morning, I wish more families could experience this.

  5. I think a poll your southern neighbors here in Montana would look very similar. Our grandson (who lives with us) loves smoothies, but usually has them in the afternoons. I think he would love this one!

  6. Wow the smoothie looks amazing. I think I will have to make that for my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  7. That looks really good. I like making “smoothies” (really more like milkshakes) out of frozen bananas, dark chocolate peanut butter, and milk. Whenever I make these, the kids beg for more despite the fact that they are pretty healthy.

  8. It would be much better if you used fresh blueberries, not frozen. And I prefer it without honey — I’m really not fond of sugar in any of its forms and find almost everything too sweet for my taste.

  9. looks really good I just got a new blender and have been looking for healthy smoothie recipes bookmarked it

  10. When I clicked on this, I was surprised it wasn’t orange or yellow! 😛 It looks delicious. Blueberries and OJ isn’t a flavour combination that I’d think up myself, and yet this looks awesome. Definitely going to be checking it out.

  11. yummy…I doubt the little would drink this(hates OJ) but I’m totally guilty of skipping breakfast most days.

  12. I love smoothies, but my sound sensitive little guy forces me to take my magic bullet into the bathroom to blend. Not so convenient. Sounds delicious though!

  13. I love smoothies. This is a fast way to get all the nutrients you need. If this one tastes as good as it looks, it must be really good. Wow, double orange muffins, they sound soooo good!

  14. I eat a green smoothie every morning and I’m most definitely in a smoothie rut. Maybe I’l try to add some flax in this morning!

  15. i absolutely love smoothies especially in the summer with fresh berries on a hot day. I didn’t know so many people skipped breakfast!

  16. Well I never once thought of cooking with oj. I am going to try that smoothy. MMMM looks delicious.

  17. Yummy! During both my pregnancies, smoothies were my breakfast because they were the only things that didn’t make me feel queasy. Blueberries and orange sound really good together.

  18. definitely something that i will try. I am not a “eat at breakfast time” type of person, but know i need some form of nutrition to start my day

  19. This looks really good! I’m also in a bit of a smoothie rut, but I make green smoothies every morning.

  20. This recipe looks so healthy! I love smoothies for morning breakfasts. I am not usually hungry until mid morning but if I have a smoothie, it sets me up for day.

  21. This sounds delicious. I love smoothies, and I’m always looking for good smoothie recipes! I will definitely be trying this soon! I’ll let you know how it came out! 🙂

  22. This smoothie recipe looks filling and refreshing. I’ve never used flax and chia in the same recipe

  23. That looks and sounds delicious. I should start making smoothie’s in the morning. So healthy and delicious

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  25. My husband and I love smoothies and I like how healthy this recipe is so we’ll have to try it.

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