Orange PushUp Smoothie

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike with my friends to the local gas station’s mini-mart and reach into their freezer case and pull out an Orange Push-Up.

If you like Orange PushUps, Orange Creamsicles, or Orange Julius this is the smoothie for you.

Orange Push-Up Smoothie (vegan, GF) - A smoothie that tastes just like an old-fashioned Push-Up! Sweet, creamy & will make you feel like a kid again!

I loved Push-Ups and seeing those brightly colored dots meant that creamy orange goodness was soon going to be mine.

I love it when Push-Ups begin to melt because they taste even sweeter, creamier, and better.

The same was true with this smoothie.  As it began to melt, it got even better.

This smoothie is a dead ringer for Orange Push-Ups.

Don’t skimp on the sugar if you want it to taste exactly like an Orange Push-Up and I promise, it does.

Sweet oranges ‘n creamy perfection.

I used this mango-orange from Hawaii’s Own brand for the concentrate.  It was on sale for 99 cents for the can at my grocery store and I was being cheap being budget conscious and didn’t want to buy the Minute Maid which was $3.29 for one can.

If you can’t find this concentrate, I’m sure any OJ concentrate or citrus juice concentrate blend should be fine.  I really didn’t taste mango per se, just an orangey citrus flavor.

This recipe made three good-sized smoothies and since I wasn’t going to drink them all at once, I popped the leftover smoothie mixture in the freezer and realized after the fact that I should have poured the extra into Popsicle molds for homemade Push-Ups.  Next time, I’ll do that.

For now, I’ve been eating it like orange sherbet style with a spoon from the glasses I poured it into and then froze.

The variations of what I’m going to do with this addictive orange mixture is exciting and has my wheels turning:

1. Pour it into molds and freeze like traditional Push-Ups (or frozen into ice cube trays or poured into paper Dixie cups with a makeshift stick inserted and peel off the paper cup after it has frozen)

2. Freeze it and eat in a bowl as orange sherbert

3. Drink it smoothie style

Now if the weather could just warm up a bit so my teeth don’t chatter while I slurp copious amounts of orange sugary liquid.

But I’ll shiver and chatter for this stuff any day.

Orange Push-Up Smoothie (vegan, GF) - A smoothie that tastes just like an old-fashioned Push-Up! Sweet, creamy & will make you feel like a kid again!

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Orange Push-Up Smoothie

This smoothie tastes like a classic Orange PushUp. If you like Orange PushUps, Orange Creamsicles, Orange Julius, or orange soda, you'll love this easy, sweet and creamy smoothie. The recipe makes more than you may need at once. Pour the extra into glasses and thaw later for smoothies or pour into bowls for orange sherbet; or into popsicle molds, paper cups, or ice cube trays. Or simply halve the recipe. Add sugar to taste. It will vary significantly based on personal preference and brand of concentrate used. I used Hawaii's Own brand in the mango-orange flavor from Ralph's (Kroger) grocery. The smoothie is vegan provided vegan milk is used and is gluten-free.

Yield: about 24 ounces

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 can orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed

1 cup milk (half and half, cream, nut milk, soy milk, vegan milk, etc.)

1/2 cup granulated sugar, or to taste (you can reduce the sugar or use an alternate sugar substitute such as stevia but it won't taste as close to classic Orange Push-Ups. Many people use much more than 1/2 cup, myself included. I used about 1 cup in my version)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups ice, or to taste

1 to 2 ounces of Rum, Malibu, Vodka, Citron, Marshmallow Vodka, Gran Marnier or similar, per smoothie portion, or to taste, optional

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except ice and optional alcohol, in a large blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy, taking care the sugar has dissolved and is well incorporated. Keep blending until it dissolves.  If desired, add a splash more water or milk.
  2. Add the ice and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

If you’re a fan of fruity and creamy smoothies, try:

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Peaches & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Or just cut to a dessert smoothie with a Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie.  Use peanut butter or almond butter if that’s what you have available because there’s a cookie butter shortage.

Questions:

Do you like Push-Ups?

Do you like orange drinks?

I also love Orange Julius and Orange Crush soda.  I haven’t had either in years, but I am fond enough of Orange Crush to order Orange Crush checks.

I am apparently stuck in a 1982 timewarp where people still write out checks and long to lick melty Push-Up with dots on the paper wrapper from the gas station.

While I’m at it, I’d like to do this all while watching The Brady Bunch and Three’s Company reruns and use my bike as my primary mode of transportation.   Ahh, childhood memories.  And maybe I’ll pour an Orange Creamsicle soda while I’m at it, too.

 

   

315 Responses to “Orange PushUp Smoothie”

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — January 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Yum, looks delicious! I loved those push-up things as a kid!

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    Erica — January 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    OM gosh! I used to LOVEEEEEEEEEE these!! Your version obviously looks way better. I do love orange flavors.

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    Angela / Canned Time — January 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Oh MY!! Can’t wait to try this one, I’m always looking for new Smoothie, get sick of the same old same old……Is the creaminess get to icy if you do a bunch in advance? Or will it stay smooth like an ice cream?

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 10:56 am

      “Is the creaminess get to icy if you do a bunch in advance? ” <– that question is a little funny? Not sure I am grasping but it stays creamy even after you unfreeze it if you make as a batch.

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      • Eden replied: — January 17th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        I think she was asking if it’s like creamy like smooth, because milk freezes with ice crystals…

        • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 17th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

          I had no issues with crystallization happening. Just fine when unthawed!

          • Nic Gormly replied: — February 28th, 2012 at 12:22 am

            The high sugar content helps keep the smooth consistency

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    kaceyt — January 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Ach! I love orange pushpops! And now I’m wishing it was summer and I could sit outside in the sun and enjoy one of these smoothies!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

    what a GREAT summer treat! It’s far too cold here to make one of these right now but you bet this summer or spring I will be making some as treats for my friends! the orange push ups reminded me of creamsicles too! great recipe, Averie :) i love it!

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

    His looks wonderful, perfect summer treat! I used to love push up pops as a kid.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I’ve never had a Pushup! This smoothie looks lovely. I can’t wait to try!

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    Kathryn — January 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This post was like a ray of sunshine! I really like the idea of the sweet and creamy orange smoothie, I can imagine exactly how it tastes and I really want one now!

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — January 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Ha, yes– the flavors of orange push-up TOTALLY remind me of my childhood too :-) Yummy!!!

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    Rachel — January 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Averie, I love your recipes! My boyfriend eats plain frozen orange juice out of a cup in the freezer all the time, so he will love this. Any tips on how to get sticky recipes out of the Vitamix once they’re blended? I just made your Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter, and it was heavenly, but I can’t quite figure out how to get it out of the Vitamix and into a bowl without spending 20 minutes scraping down the sides with a little metal spoon! I’m also afraid that a metal spoon will damage the blades, but I can’t find a plastic tool that’s the right size. Thanks!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Don’t be afraid to scrape, metal on metal. Ive been doing it for 5 years, no issues. Probably not “ideal” but you have to sometimes. The best way to get it clean it to put soap in it with water, power on and whizz. Let it sit for 20 mins, repeat as necessary. You are still going to have to scrub it, but that’s going to loosen it and don’t EVER let things just “sit and hang out” in a Vita…that’s gonna make clean up even worse! :)

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    • Chickiepea replied: — March 11th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      A small silicone spatula helps. I found one that was double-ended (one small, one large) at Target, I believe, for about $5 that has been wonderful. The large end works well on the sides, and the small ends works around the blades.

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    Kris — January 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

    holy Jack Tripper that looks GOOD.

    I loved push ups. I think I have one of these in my future, as soon as I get home. Good call on the mango flavored concentrate too – I bet it helped get that exact flavor.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I LOVED those push up pops. Totally brings me back to being a kid in the summertime chasing the ice cream truck around the neighborhood.

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — January 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I tie pushups with the Flinstones in my memory… anyone else?

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — January 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Yum – I used to love those as a kid, too. I bet this would be really good with almond milk or coconut milk and honey, too!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — January 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    That looks so sunny and cheery. Could definitely use that right about now. I used to love the push-ups, but not the dreamcicle flavor (the orange and white ones).

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    Mariel — January 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    i used to LOVE those things!! I’ll definitely have to make this with some fresh pressed orange juice sometime from my juicer!! YUMMY! and…reminding me of spring/summer. its still winter!!!!! but who cares.

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    Nicole — January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve never liked those pops or creamsicles. I think it’s because (warning – TMI!) when I was about 5 or 6 my dentist gave me orange flavored fluoride and I threw up – on myself and the hygienist. It wasn’t a good day.
    A tasty fun orange drink, though, is Fanta Orange with Liquor 43 (that was the go-do disco drink when I lived in Spain).

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    Stephanie @ Ultra Ambitious — January 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, I wish I could just reach into the screen and take one of those smoothies! Do you have to use OJ concentrate or could you alter it to use fresh OJ?

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Well, you probably could but the frozen aspect when blending is key for consistency AND the concentration of flavor, too. The juice may water it down…but go ahead and try and report back if you do.

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    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    My grammi used to always have these in her freezer!! I loved the ones with Flintstones characters on them :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Yeah you’re alot younger than me…they didn’t have flinstones on the wrappers when I was a kid :)

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    Katherine Martinelli — January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    This looks soo good! I love push-up pops and haven’t had one in ages. Your photos are just gorgeous!

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    Kelly @ Vegolosophy — January 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Looks so refreshing! And, may I add, your photography is beautiful! Very pretty photos of the smoothie and makes me want one even more! :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks for the compliments on my photography!

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      • Nelle replied: — February 11th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

        Yo, good looikn out! Gonna make it work now.

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — January 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I loooove push-ups! Both the refreshing treats and the arm fatiguing exercises ;) I’m super, super jealous of your sunny California sky and the fact that you can actually enjoy a treat like this in January. I should tuck this one away for June ;)

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I used to aaaaaalways eat orange push-ups!!!! I completely forgot about those!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Having a child now, you get reminded of all this stuff you forgot about which is how I remembered.

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    Gena — January 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    These are delightfully reminiscent of a childhood favorite. So lovely, and so whimsical! Great recipe.

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    Pure2raw twins — January 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    love the name of this smoothie!! and your pictures are perfect. I find smoothie pictures are hard to take, any tips?

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Gosh…they can be hard and aside from making sure your lighting is good, your shot is properly food styled/props, shooting tons and from every angle b/c sometimes the glare of the liquid can cause focusing issues for me, and I’ll delete a block of like 10 shots so I am always glad I (over)shoot lots so I have options…but your photos are great!

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    betty — January 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    ooo looks sooo nice and refreshing :D

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    Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco — January 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Mmm. This looks too good. I wasn’t a huge push up fan as a kid because I thought they were too messy, but I love this sophisticated version!

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    Lisa [with style & grace] — January 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous!!! Love the sound of this smoothie, perfect for going back down memory lane :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 10th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks, Lisa, that means the world coming from you. You have some drink photos that are seriously magazine worthy…one that floats around Pinterest a lot and every time I see it, I think….wow :)

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    Katie @ ohshineon — January 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I love the colors used in this smoothie… I feel like I should be sitting on a tropical beach somewhere basking in the sun and talking to cute boys :) The other smoothies posted here look absolutely delicious as well. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to gain 3 pounds with the massive amounts of consumption I’ll be doing with these drinks!

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    Katie — January 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Orange Push-ups were my gas station treat growing up. the Flinstone ones were the best! I love anything orange and creamy – Dreamsicles from the ice cream truck, orange julius, orange crush (still drink it)…Love it.

    I loved those Hawaiian drink mixes too. I grew up on those.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I haven’t had a push-up since I was a kid! I loved them. Your smoothie looks wonderful! I love your summery drinks even though it’s winter. It adds fun to the season and makes me look so forward to spring!

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    Michele Sparrow — January 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Oh goodness! That smoothie looks so delicious! When I was a young teenager, my friends and I would go to the Northway Mall in Anchorage and get Orange Julius. I LOVED those things. They were so good. I tried and tried to re-create them at home when I was 13 but never could. This could be it!! :-) You are so awesome…LOVE your recipes! xo

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    • Debbie replied: — March 6th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      We made this exact same recipe when I was a kid, to duplicate Orange Julius. It’s pretty close (in fact, I would say it’s closer to orange julius than it is to a push up!).

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      • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — March 6th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        The brand of concentrate I used gave it a very Push-Up quality. I love both Orange Julius’ and PushUps!

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    Deborah — January 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I haven’t had a push-up in so long!! I am so going to make these – yum!

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    a spoonful of yumm — January 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

    yummm !! this is so refreshing

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    EA-The Spicy RD — January 11, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Just gorgeous, and absolutely wonderful memories!! Love then photo too of the original with the polka dots. My dad uses to take me to the food court at UTC, which opened when I was in elementary school, and we’d get an orange Julius. It was such a treat for me! Orange juice blended with ice and egg white powder pretty much tastes the same. Can’t wait to try your lovely concoction!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 11th, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Wow growing up here with memories of UTC mall. Awesome and I bet the place has changed so much over your lifetime!

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    Kara — January 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Thank you! This could not have come at a better time. 2 boys with spacers in their mouths (getting braces next week)- their mouths are so sore it’s soft foods only for them! I added some hemp seeds and vanilla Sun Warrior and made it part of breakfast this morning!

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    Maria — January 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hi Averie,

    Thanks for sharing this adorable Mexican frozen snack! I shared it with the readers of my blog: http://www.mexfoodrecipes.com – Check it out for more great Mexican-inspired desserts!
    Have a great day! Maria

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    Amber K — January 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Those vanilla and orange ice cream cups were my favorite as a kid. Then following that were the push-ups. Orange Julius was sooo good! The only thing I really didn’t like was any fruit-flavored pop. It always just tasted weird to me. But it doesn’t matter how cold the weather is, I’m always ready for a smoothie!

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    Yvette ~ Muy Bueno — January 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Be still my heart! I LOVE this idea! I will be sure to give this recipe a try. I used to LOVE push-ups and haven’t had one in years. I have a feeling my kiddos will love them to.

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    Allison @ Alli n Son — January 13, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I love it! Push-ups brung back so many childhood memories. I must make this.

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    Monique — January 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

    This is a great idea! I have to try it! thanks for sharing

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    Chelsey @ Chew With Your Mouth Open — January 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    This looks like a cloud of creamy orange bliss. :)

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    Natasha — January 14, 2012 at 7:24 am

    wow!! yum!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party
    http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

    Natasha

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    dee williams — January 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Did you know that you can buy push-up molds online? Just google ice cream push up molds. Cool,huh?!

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    Janna at Joy of Smoothies — January 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    What a nice recipe!

    A healthier version of a classic treat….sometimes we all need to splurge a bit and take a trip down memory lane :)

    I am a fan of orange drinks and I especially like to make an orange pomegranate smoothie that was inspired by my travels in Istanbul, where they sold fresh-squeezed fruit juices on every street corner (of course, orange pomegranate was the best combo):

    2 small or medium whole oranges,
    ½ cup pomegranate seeds (approx. half a pomegranate)

    ½ cup orange juice

    2 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt (optional)

    1 to 2 cups ice cubes

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    Cindee — January 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    If you want to love them even more, you could use these: http://shopsweetlulu.com/item/plastic-push-pop-containers/11/c43 Just saw those the other day and I thought they would be fun for summer. Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

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    christie haggard — January 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hi! Thanks for this lovely recipe. I pinned it and just saw that it has been repinned from me over 350 times. That makes it a hit for sure!! :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 16th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks for saying hi and I wasn’t sure how many times it was pinned and dare I say, I don’t even know how to check those stats…all I know is it’s been really popular based on how many emails I am getting with the re-pinning notices and I am so happy people seem to like it. It’s one of my fave smoothies to date.

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    Rachel — January 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    My mom used to drive my brother and I all the way into town when we were kids just to get orange push-ups from the local gas station/general store; I tried this recipe, and it brought me back to my childhood. The little single-serve blender in my kitchen got a bit hot making the mix in batches, but now I have a ton of delicious sherbet in the freezer. Thanks so much for the recipe (and the warm memories!)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 18th, 2012 at 2:52 am

      Glad you enjoyed it and that it was a trip down memory lane for you….thanks for telling me that little story!

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    Debi — January 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Okay … wow. What a response! Congrats on your successful pin/post/whatever it started as. I just wnted to comment on the pictures. Did you take them? Even if not … AAWWWWWWWSSSSOMMMMME! Really! I could almost taste it just looking at these most amazing pics. I have a stash of bathroom cups that never get used. I think I’ll use them for this recipe. I think I REALLY need to get an upright freezer to have a shelf dedicated for these freeze ahead goodies! Thanks for the post! CHEERS!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 19th, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Yes I did take them; I take all the food photos on my site for all the recipes I create. Couldn’t imagine paying someone else to do that :) I love photography and it’s become as much a passion as the recipe development so thanks for the kind words.

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      • Debi replied: — January 19th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        If I were making a food ad, I’d pay you. They are actually so beautiful, that you should consider making prints available. Some of those would look beautiful framed and on the wall. Seriously … impressive. Now I’m going to have to go browse your site just to take a peek at your other pictures! BLESSINGS!!!!

      • Debi replied: — January 19th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        If I were making a food ad, I’d pay you. They are actually so beautiful that you should consider making prints available. Some of those would look beautiful framed and on the wall. Seriously … impressive. Now I’m going to have to go browse your site just to take a peek at your other pictures! BLESSINGS!!!!

        • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 19th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

          Thanks for the sweet words, Debi. Yes, it’s all me doing my own photography. I’ve learned a thing or two in the past 3 years blogging and I appreciate the compliments and encouraging words.

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    Chip — January 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    These looked so good, but I must say they did not taste good. I don’t know if I did something wrong, but they didn’t taste like a creamsicle at all. And the gritty sugar just made it worse. Very disappointing.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 21st, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      It didn’t taste like a creamsicle to me either, rather an Orange Pushup like I mentioned in the post. Regarding the grittiness, I blended for a long time in my Vitamix. Not sure what you did or the brand of your frozen concentrate, the type of milk you used, or the other variables; sorry you didn’t like it. I’ve had lots of people say they’ve loved it but I appreciate all feedback from zero to hero, so to speak.

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