I had such a lovely break for the holidays, but now I’m ready and eager to get back to work! I have some pretty lofty goals for 2012, many of them involving Totally Healthy Recipes and helping you and your family live a healthy, balanced life. I can’t wait for what’s in store.
To start the year out, I wanted to share with you the most delicious healthy orange julius recipe ever! During the winter, we buy a case of oranges almost every week. It seems like a lot, but for my family of four, that’s just one or two oranges a day, and my 2 year old would have five a day he had it his way. This has become our favorite way to eat oranges as of late…
This particular way of making orange julius makes it healthier than juice and has WAY more vitamin C and antioxidants than just eating an orange on its own. I’ll place notes next to the ingredients below to explain how…
This makes about 40 oz. of healthy orange julius (leaving our family wanting more, every time)
4 whole oranges, peeled and halved (because you’re not juicing the oranges, you keep all the beneficial fiber from pulp and pith, which makes the effect on your blood sugar much less than if you were to juice, and it’s great for digestion)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (balances things out with a bit of protein and fat)
1 cup ice
5 drops orange essential oil (oranges are known for their vitamin C content, but orange essential oil has a major concentration of vitamin C and anti-oxidants. This not only gives your orange julius an extra shot of delicious flavor and sweetness, but is also a great cold/flu buster.) My favorite brand is here, for only $14, which will make well over 100 of this recipe.
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
nutmeg (a generous sprinkling) is great for your liver kidneys, plus acts as a mild brain stimulator, fighting fatigue, stress, and possibly even anxiety and depression)
10-15 drops of liquid stevia
Add all ingredients to your blender. If you’re using the Blendtec, use the “whole juice” setting so that you can’t feel the pulp of the orange, just pure creaminess!
Can you see how this orange julius makes the perfect morning pick-me-up during winter? I can’t wait for you to try it and let me know in the comments below how you like it! My kids beg for it, and the hubs and I just can’t get enough!
p.s. throw in a little handful of greens if you like! You won’t taste ’em!