Keto Shakes Orange Creamsicle

Keto Shakes Orange Creamsicle

Dreamy orange creamsicle in a low carb breakfast. Keto shakes with protein and MCT oil are perfect for an easy on-the-go meal to fill you up and keep on a keto diet.

Do you remember the orange creamsicle of your childhood? I didn’t have one often, but I definitely remember the ice cream and orange popsicle combination. Sometimes flavors just send you back to a moment in childhood memory, and it definitely does with this one!

When I was in elementary school, our house had a giant (well it seemed giant at the time) spruce tree on the side. It was sort of in an odd spot next to a concrete wall that was a drive to some sort of parking spot in the back. The tree had thinning branches near the concrete wall, and I had a secret spot down there you couldn’t see unless you pushed through the lower branches of the tree. My dad helped me put an old wooden bench down in my tree room hideaway, and it was the perfect place to plot adventures.

The magic of the orange creamsicle

Now, I was not allowed many extra snacks or sugar at that age, and I still remember one hot summer day. My neighbor Katie came over and by some odd chance or parental whim, we were allowed to buy orange creamsicles from the ice cream truck. Yes, the one that plays music down the street.

We grabbed our orange creamsicles and made a bee-line for the tree hideaway with needles for carpet. I think we were afraid someone might change their mind and we wouldn’t be allowed the creamsicles after all. Oh, did they taste good!

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Orange creamsicle keto shakes are an easy low carb breakfast or lunch with protein and MCT oil. A taste of childhood to help stick to a keto diet! #ketoshakes #ketobreakfast

In a hurry?

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Orange is the happiest color.

Frank Sinatra


Best ingredients for keto shakes

For a quick breakfast, I pretty much have two go-to meals. Oh, I mix things up and try new recipes, especially on the weekends, but there are two daily quick meals I know I can depend on. One is bacon and eggs, which most keto dieters know and love. The other is a keto protein shake. I have the ingredients ready to go, toss them in, blend, and go. Easy peasy.

Most often, I use this orange creamsicle flavoring. However, sometimes I mix things up based on the season, as in a pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie, or do a chocolate version with cocoa. But what about the other ingredients?

What are collagen peptides and what does collagen do?

According to WebMD, collagen is a protein that binds tissues together. Basically, it glues our skin together and supports it. It’s rich in the amino acids proline and glycine, which one needs to maintain and repair tendons, bones, and joints. “As we get older, we break it down faster than we can replace it,” says dermatologist Whitney Bowe, author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out.

There are many recent and ongoing studies that show how collagen:

  • promotes skin elasticity
  • holds bones and muscles together
  • protects organs
  • provides structure to joints and tendons

Collagen peptides are the molecular bonds between individual collagen strands broken down into peptides. Also, they are soluble in cold water, easily digestible, and ready to be absorbed by our bodies. Collagen peptides are much more easily digested and absorbed than regular gelatin.

Even without all that it’s an excellent source of protein. To me, it just makes sense to incorporate it into my diet. Why not add in an extra serving of this vital protein? My skin can use all the help it can get! I prefer to use an unflavored, grass-fed, non-gmo collagen peptide such as this one here.

Collagen peptides, Keto Shakes, Orange Creamsicle #ketorecipes #proteinshake

What is MCT oil?

If you’ve even looked at a keto diet, you’ve probably at least heard of MCT oil. I only use MCT oil from coconuts, although it is also made from palm oil. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides and refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure.

Doctors have prescribed them for many food absorption disorders such as celiac disease, liver disease, and other digestive issues. Moreover, MCT oils are high in saturated fatty acids and low in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which many consider to be good, healthy fats. Also, they are known to be anti-inflammatory with a variety of other health benefits.

I like it because it has a neutral flavor and works well in my smoothies. It really fills me up and prevents me from feeling hungry for a good amount of time. Look for an organic, non-GMO, coconut oil only MCT oil like this one here.

To make orange creamsicle keto shakes you’ll need : 

Keto shakes with collagen peptides and MCT oil are tasty and easy meal replacement shakes. A grown-up meal with childhood flavor. #ketobreakfast #ketoshakes

How to make orange creamsicle keto shakes

Can I tell you one of the main reasons I love this recipe so much? It’s super-quick and easy, and that’s what I need in the mornings!

This keto protein shake recipe is so simple. Are you ready for this? Take all your ingredients out and put them in the blender. Next, blend it all up for 30-40 seconds or until smooth. Lastly, pour it into a glass and enjoy!

Keto Shakes, Orange Creamsicle is a taste of childhood and a protein-filled, healthy breakfast. Easy, low carb and delicious! A great go-to morning meal. #ketobreakfast #ketorecipes

Sometimes I even put all the ingredients but the ice in the blender container the night before and stick it in the fridge. Then, all I need to do is pull it out in the morning, throw in some ice cubes and blend. If you put it in an insulated mug like this one, you can take it with you and drink it whenever you get hungry.

Note: I put orange zest on the shake in the pictures for color more than anything else and don’t usually include zest. If you’d like to throw a little zest in the blender for a fresh orange flavor, feel free to do so.

Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness.

Tae Yun Kim

Martial Arts Grandmaster

What’s your favorite quick keto breakfast?

Are you a bacon and eggs gal like me? During the week when I’m in a big hurry I also rely on a frozen keto muffin or this protein shake to get me going. It’s so easy to get in a rut so mix it up with different flavorings! Orange, maple, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, you name it! There are so many options, I love it!

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Orange creamsicle keto shakes make fabulous low carb high fat meals on the go. Quick and easy this sugar-free, protein shake has collagen peptides and MCT oil. #ketorecipes #ketobreakfast

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Are you a fan of protein meal shakes?

A Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie is sure to please!

Keto pumpkin spice breakfast shake. Perfect protein meal shake for the season! #pumpkinspice #ketobreakfast

Printable Recipe

Orange Creamsicle Keto Shakes

Dreamy orange creamsicle in a low carb breakfast. Keto shakes with protein and MCT oil are perfect for an easy on-the-go meal to fill you up and keep on a keto diet.
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto shakes, meal shake, orange creamsicle, protein shake
Servings: 1
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Explorer Momma


  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (1 serving)
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (Swerve Confectioner's)
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1 tsp orange extract (or 2-3 drops orange essential oil)
  • 3 cubes ice


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30-40 seconds or until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass or insulated mug and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts

Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving: 1 shake
calories 294
Total Fat 25 g  
Saturated Fat 19 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 32 mg  
Sodium 351 mg  
Potassium 212 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 2 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 13 g
*Nutrition Facts per For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients used in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Fresh Carrot Orange Mango Smoothie

Fresh Carrot Orange Mango Smoothie

Carrot orange mango smoothie

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What do you need to get you in a hoppy Spring mood? Spring puts me in mind of fresh flowers, rabbits invading my yard, salads, garden planting, and sunshine. Imagine if you could get a picture of all of those things in your mind’s eye with an explosion of taste in your mouth. Hard to believe but we’ve come pretty close with this fresh Carrot Orange Mango Smoothie. Try one with your favorite little one(s) today! You just might feel a bunny hop coming on.

Why we love smoothies

Why do I love smoothies? It’s fairly simple really as it’s one of the few ways I can get my son to consistently eat his veggies. He’ll eat a carrot here and there when it’s on his plate and he has to try at least one, or when a friend shares one with him. However, there is not a lot of joy at this point in his life in carrots, spinach, kale, or other healthy veggies I can get him to happily down in a smoothie. There’s also the fact they’re really good!

Bunnies love carrot orange mango smoothies

I mentioned bunnies invading my yard this time of year. Initially, every spring I smile and watch the bunnies running this way and that. Be that as it may, as more and more appear in my yard the Farmer MacGregor in me tends to come out, and I’ve trained the kids to run at them and scare them far away. While I’ve only seen a few hopping about so far this year, fortunately, we haven’t had any burrowing in and having babies.

Last year I went out to plant the garden only to find a momma rabbit had burrowed into the center of the garden and buried several babies there. My calm, rabbit-loving husband refused to do anything about it until they were moved out, but it put me in a small panic. Of course, I had to stress to the children at least daily about how we do not go near the garden or touch the baby rabbits! Thankfully, it only took about a week before they were gone.

Carrot smoothie

Make your own fresh carrot orange mango smoothie

Think about those happy, hoppy carrot-loving spring rabbits, and gather your ingredients for this incredibly refreshing smoothie. It has fairly simple ingredients, but it’s amazing! The child loved this one, and we’ve been making it often and scoring some great vitamin A from the carrots.

As with any recipe, be sure you get good ingredients to get the best flavor. Some of the mangoes we’ve seen lately have not been completely ripe, so try to get a good one or let it sit for a few days so it’s soft before using it.

Tip: Try one of these smoothie pouches to make healthy smoothies easy and portable for your little ones.

We’ve been using these Squeasy Gear food pouches since my son turned 2, and even my 8-year-old daughter will use hers for part of an easy healthy lunch. They’re super-easy to clean, reusable, and green! I can’t recommend them enough. They come in several colors so, and we literally use them almost every day. Click here to check them out from Amazon. 

Squeasy pouches

What can you do to get your kids to eat healthy today?

Read more from Explorer Momma on how to get your kids to eat healthy. Useful tips you can implement today!

Make the Carrot Orange Mango Smoothie (2 child-sized servings)

  • 1 orange
  • 1 medium/large carrot
  • 1/2 a mango
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • About 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

First, place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. If you don’t have a high-speed blender you’ll need to chop your carrot into small pieces before blending, but it should come out just fine in a regular blender too. Second, blend everything together for about 45 seconds or until you can tell everything’s been incorporated and the mixture has a smooth texture. Then pour it out into 2 small glasses and share one with a friend!

Carrot smoothies with carrot and orange

Aren’t they a fabulous color?! It just brightens your day, and the fresh fruit and carrot with a hint of ginger make it incredibly refreshing. Truly, your little rabbits will be gobbling them up in no time.

Printable recipe:

Fresh Carrot Orange Mango Smoothie

Beautiful, cool, and refreshing!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free
Servings: 2 child-sized servings
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Lauren


  • 1 orange
  • 1 medium/large carrot
  • 1/2 a mango
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  • Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  • If you don’t have a high-speed blender, chop your carrot into small pieces before blending.
  • Blend everything together starting on the lowest speed and turning up to the highest for about 45 seconds or until you can tell everything’s been incorporated and the mixture has a smooth texture. Pour it out into 2 small glasses.
  • Share one with a friend.


Calories per My Fitness Pal.

Hoppy bunny

Spring memories

What do you think of when you think about spring? Is it the lilacs, daffodils, Easter, egg hunts, gardening, or family coming together? I have grown more and more to appreciate these simple things and love to share a smoothie with my little guy while we go out in the backyard to stand in the sunshine and review how many vibrant purple crocuses have bloomed.

So go out today, sip on a healthy fresh carrot orange mango smoothie, and delight in the novelties of a new season.

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