Orange Julius smoothie made with whole fruits, yogurt, orange juice and ground flaxseed. Each sip is naturally sweetened and contains healthy nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and protein. A quick fresh and creamy drink to boost energy, made in 5 minutes or less!
Whip out the blender because it’s time to make a refreshing Orange Julius smoothie! This recipe is a healthy version of the traditional drink. I’ve added some nutritional benefits that you can blend in and have ready to drink in five minutes or less!
Way before the growth of juice clubs like Jamba Juice, in the 1920’s there was a small juice stand located in Los Angeles that served up a creamy, frothy drink coined “Orange Julius” named after the orange juice pioneer Julius Freed. Locals fell in love with the blend of orange juice, milk, sugar and ice for a frozen creamy treat. Who wouldn’t love an orange creamsicle flavored drink?
How to make an Orange Julius smoothie
Smoothies are an instant way to give you a quick boost of energy. I always make sure to include ingredients that provide additional benefits with each glass. Here is how I’ve made this Orange Julius smoothie healthier than the original classic recipe.
Whole Fruits: Using orange segments, 100% orange juice and bananas, you can leverage the natural sweetness of whole fruits to reduce and avoid added refined sugars. If frozen, make sure that you read the orange juice labels to look for orange juice as the primary ingredient, with no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. For this recipe I chose ripe oranges, I like Navel for its sweetness.
Fiber: Adding in whole orange and slices of bananas provide soluble fibers right into the smoothie so that you can get digestive health benefits as well as satiety until the next meal. Ground flaxseed adds omega-3 essential fatty acids for heart health effects, lignans from antioxidant qualities, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Did you know ground flaxseed can also be an egg replacer in baked goods? Yeah, it’s pretty impressive, we should add it to everything!
Texture: To add a creamy and smooth texture to the Orange Julius smoothie, I used plain Greek yogurt, frozen bananas, and ice. The yogurt is substituted instead or milk or heavy cream because it provides extra protein and probiotics. If you are using nonfat Greek yogurt, then it cuts down on the fat as well. Frozen bananas are my secret ingredient for the most creamy smoothies, like my strawberry banana smoothie recipe. When frozen first and then blended, the texture creates a cold and creamy banana puree that provides a pleasing mouthfeel. Ice cubes add just the right amount of texture and volume to the smoothie, keeping it cool and adding some iciness in between the fruit, juice, and yogurt, without it tasting like a slushy.
I add all of the ingredients into my Vitamix blender, gradually increase the speed until the frozen fruit and puree gets broken down, then turn up the speed until it’s thick and creamy. Grab a glass or two if you’re sharing, and let’s drink!
Once you’ve tasted this fresh and vibrant Orange Julius smoothie, you’ll never need to hit the stores again. Each sip is good for you and will deliciously satisfy your taste buds. I like to quickly make this smoothie in the morning to pack with me on the way to work, and no fail my son James always asks me to add some to his sippy cup. How could I say no to all that cuteness? Cheers!
How to make a smoothie thicker
Have you always wondered how to achieve a thick, creamy and yet drinkable smoothie? It’s a delicate balance between fruit solids, liquid, and frozen ingredients. Ice is always an easy choice, creating small ice particles with the efficient blade of the blender. However, if you add too much, the flavor of the smoothie is diluted, and it gets a “slushy” consistency, which equals instant brain freeze. One of the best ways to add thickness is using frozen fruits. The water in the fruit freezes, so when it’s blended both the water cells create a flavorful and chilly consistency. My typical rule of thumb is for every 1 cup of liquid, non-frozen fruit, or yogurt combination you should add at least 1 cup of frozen ingredients (fruit and/or ice).