A Healthy Twist On An Old Classic

Summers as a kid were awesome. My Dad, now a retired teacher, also had seven weeks off, so my brother and I were definitely spoiled with day trips to the beach, hikes at the nature park, a helping hand with our forts in the woods, trips to the science centre, the library, and if we were especially well behaved- an special occasion stop at Dairy Queen and Orange Julius. 


Eight years old, standing in line, excitedly awaiting my Julius on a hot summer’s day. Forget the ice cream or the rotating hot dog conveyor belt. I was allllll about the classic OJ!


If I was to make a list of foods that remind me of childhood, this drink would definitely be on it! When I received my oranges for the #GoOrange Australia challenge, I was trying to think of possible alternatives to simply peeling and eating, as per the norm. I can’t remember the last time I had an Orange Julius (maybe 15 years??), so I Googled the ingredients: orange juice from concentrate, milk, water, ice cubes, vanilla, and lots of sugar. No wonder I loved it so much!
As much as I would like to replicate this epic treat, I decided to explore a healthier option. Plus, any excuse to create a new smoothie sounds good to me. I give you, the Protein Julius!
Protein Julius

Servings: 1
  • Orange- 1 large, seedless, peeled
  • Vanilla Protein Powder- 1 scoop (I use an organic rice protein)
  • Skim Milk (or milk of choice)– 3/4 cup
  • Raw Honey- 1 tsp
  • Ice Cubes- 7’ish

1. Let the peeled orange sit in freezer for approximately 1.5 hours (don’t let it freeze completely).

2. Cut orange into 1/4s.

3. Add ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth!

I’ve actually never used oranges in my smoothies before, but I really enjoyed this combo. It will definitely become a part of my post workout or mid-morning/afternoon snack rotation! Next time, I’d like to try it with frozen strawberries in lieu of the ice cubes! If you aren’t keen on the added protein, there are some other recipes like THIS one that uses vanilla extract and yogurt instead! yumyumyum.
Are there any alternative ways that you eat oranges?


4 Thoughts on “A Healthy Twist On An Old Classic

  1. I used to love Orange Julius too! I heard that they also used egg white in their drinks to make everything extra frothy…I like your version better!

  2. Something about egg white smoothies in a blender doesn't sit well with me :)

  3. I love this idea. I used to be obssessed with orange julius growing up, must have been the sugar :) I'll be making this!!

  4. Let me know what you think!

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