Monday, June 22, 2009

Orange Julius's Vegan Cousin

Do you remember back-to-school shopping with your mom at JCPenney? Afterward, you'd lean on the big brick planter, set down your bags of elastic-waist cordouroys, and savor that food court delicacy, the Orange Julius.

Frothy and creamy, but with more vitamin C than a milkshake, the Julius was a treat you could enjoy without guilt, as long as you didn't mind whole milk, eggs, corn syrup, and artificial flavoring. Throughout the 80s, you could even add a raw egg, for extra protein and delicious salmonella.

I created this Julius taste-alike while trying to use up dry, out-of-season oranges. It's got calcium, four kinds of fruit, and no kinds of artificial flavor or food-borne illness. Easy, sweet, and healthy, it is my breakfast love of the moment.

Orange Mary-us Citrus Smoothie

1 banana
1 seedless orange
4 ounces vanilla soy yogurt (or silken tofu)
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Makes 4 cups, breakfast for two.

See one of my earliest posts for more smoothie ideas.


  1. oooh! a gazillion times better than the original!

  2. Your orange smoothie looks sooooo good. I LOVE all the ingredients you used. Thanks so much for sharing smoothie ideas, I can't wait to try them all. :)

  3. Looks good. I'll take one! (I came over from Avery's blog) :-)

  4. I think we shopped at the same mall-- only miles apart! I admit that I used to love those juliuses and I know yours is even better!


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