Non-Alcoholic Smoothies & Shakes

“5-A-Day ‘Sunrise’ Smoothie”

January 19, 2018

Have you seen this somewhere before? Maybe yes

But the key difference is, this one is non-alcoholic, and basically my go-to breakfast food these days. A fantastically delicious smoothie recipe utilising more fruit than you’d think could fit into that little glass. It’ll keep you full right through till lunch.

I find that when I fill up on fruit in the morning, I stay way fuller for longer. Also when I used to jog…

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Quote Attributed to David Lee Roth

… I’d make sure to start the run right with a simple smoothie than something hearty and solid. Gave me all the same energy but way less stomach upset running up those steep hills. I also think the prep-time in the kitchen making a smoothie was an inadvertent way of me getting out of running for longer, but hey ho.

This particular recipe, I wanted to layer it just like the Five a Day ‘Sunset’ Cocktail. If that one would be layered red down into orange into yellow, this one is the exact opposite – yellow down to orange down to red. Start off your day right, and end it right too!

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the quick recipe, or keep reading for a full step by step.


Pick Your Fruits


As you can see, I raided my local supermarket. Bought one of every type of the brightest coloured fruit I could find, then separated them up into colours making sure to keep a little banana in each one.

“Yellow” Bowl

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Almond Milk

Other Suggestions …

  • Pinapple
  • Yellow Kiwi
  • Yellow Pear

“Orange” Bowl

  • Banana
  • Persimmon
  • Oranges
  • Orange Juice

Other Suggestions …

  • Peaches
  • Papaya
  • Carrots

“Red” Bowl

  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Almond Milk

Other Suggestions …

  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Blood Orange
  • Pomegranate (not recommended, seeds get stuck easily)


The Next Step … Blend

By this, I mean blend them separately in their colour groups. You can use almond milk (or regular milk) for the yellow and red ones, but I recommend orange juice for the orange one. As you can tell I had difficulty achieving a rich orange colour. once you’ve blended each section separately – it will look something like this.


Individually you’ve got three great smoothies. There’s a citrussy kick to the red one and all of its mixed berries – the strawberry and cherry massively compliment the raspberries. The orange one is surprisingly mellow, since the sweet thickness of persimmon fruit lends itself to a creamy flavour. The yellow one is a classic – the mango smoothie, and you can’t go wrong with it!

… But Together They Make Something Special

When assembled together however, you’ll be tasting each smoothie separately as you drink it through a straw. Its like three drinks in one, with no chance in-between to get bored of one flavour before the next one kicks off.


Finally, the Garnish!

To garnish, I shoved as many fruits as I could fit in the top of the glass (make sure you can still get your straw in it). Not only does it look like something out of a summer carnival like this, but you’ll have a great time snacking on them.


As you can see from the above photo, I’ve also added some walnuts to the garnish. Did you know walnuts are a healthy source of anti-inflammatory amino acids, fiber, vitamin E, potassium and calcium. So yep, get piling those walnuts on. Don’t say I don’t look out for my reader’s health!

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Five-A-Day Sunrise Smoothie

A deliciously fruit packed, rainbow gradient smoothie.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 glass


Red Layer

  • 1/2 Whole Banana
  • 5 Whole Strawberries
  • 5 Whole Raspberries
  • 3 Cherries Pitted
  • 50 ml Almond Milk

Orange Layer

  • 1 Whole Persimmon No Skin
  • 1/2 Whole Orange
  • 50 ml Orange Juice
  • 2 Slices Banana

Yellow Layer

  • 1/2 Whole Mango
  • 1/2 Whole Banana
  • 50 ml Almond Milk


  1. Prepare each 'colour' group separately, making sure all ingredients are chopped. Put each colour group in the blender separately, cleaning between each use.

  2. If you are disasstified with the thickness of any layer, add more milk to thin, or add extra banana to thicken.

  3. Pour the red layer in first, gently top with the orange layer, then top with the yellow layer. Some blending will occur, but can be minimised by pouring over the back of a spoon gently.

  4. Garnish with fruit & nuts

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  • Reply silastravels January 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Really nice

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon January 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you! I’ll make it for you some day Silas 🙂

  • Reply madisoneran January 31, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    These are nice recipes

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 1, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Thanks so much!

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