Green Julius Smoothie

Do you remember the days of wandering the mall with friends, eating at the food court and catching a movie in the late afternoon to prolong your independence from your parents? I know it wasn’t just me.

Green Julius Smoothie- orange, banana, and spinach make this a healthy version of the original Orange Julius!
Now, I hate stepping foot in the mall without a plan of action to get me in and out in the shortest amount of time necessary. I think fondly back on days of meandering with an Orange Julius in hand- creamy, frothy orange juice blended with milk, vanilla, powdered sugar, and ice- the perfect sugar buzz to keep me alert while navigating Forever 21.

Green Julius Smoothie - a healthy take on the frothy and sweet orange Julius!

Green Julius Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 and ½ frozen bananas
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup soy milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • Optional: granola for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cut the skin and the pith (white part under the skin) off of a navel orange. Save the skin and remove some orange zest. Picking a good juicy orange is vital to this recipe!
  2. In a blender, combine orange, frozen banana, yogurt, milk, vanilla, orange zest, ice and spinach. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  3. Taste and add a tablespoon of honey if necessary - I usually need to do this if the orange I used was not juicy and sweet.
  4. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with an orange wedge and top with granola for crunch if desired.


This recipe was created out of a recent craving for that same sweet and frothy drink, but without all the sugar. Using a whole orange and some frozen banana adds texture (fiber!), and adding yogurt and spinach bulk up the nutrition of this smoothie so you can treat it as a real-food snack instead of a mall treat. Especially if you add some seedy & nutty granola on top.

A Bright and Sunny Green Orange Julius topped with granola for a healthy breakfast treat
Though I can’t remember the last time I had an Orange Julius (RIP to the original stand-alone restaurants in food courts, it looks like they are now merged with Dairy Queen), this healthy version ends up being more satisfying and filling: a win-win in my book.

Do you have a food that brings you back to food court memories? Maybe bourbon chicken samples, or Greek chicken gyros? Yum.

Marisa

Comments

  1. says

    haha Yes – this is exactly my mall memories – Except our was called “Fresh and Healthy” and it was the triple berry blend I’d grab 3 samples of before getting it in the 20oz like I knew I was going to get every time!

    • Marisa says

      Oooh yes, I almost forgot about the samples. So funny that they would always give them to you when you were in line to buy something!

  2. says

    So I had this weird intuitive-eating period of my life where I would always get a slice of shitty villa pizza at the mall. I’ve never had an orange julius, isn’t that nuts?? I need to buy some oranges… ahh!

  3. says

    I love everything about this! *-* I wish I still had an orange in my apartment right now, because this would seriously be an awesome after-workout drink. :[

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