Orange Julius

Here is the basic orange juilius recipe that I grew up with, strait out of my Mom’s box of recipes.  I can’t live with out this one! Best served with delicious French Toast, sausage, and whipped cream:)

Orange Julius

1 6oz. can orange julius, concentrate frozen

1 1/2 cans(the empty OJ can)  water(sometimes I use a little less)

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cans evaporated milk (can imitate with 1/2 as much regular milk)

8-12 ice cubes

Blend everything, except the ice, until smooth.  Add ice and crush.  Yumm!

Carrot Smoothie

We make smoothies almost every day and I love that my boys love them, especially when I add spinach or other veggies.  My usual quick smoothie is to grab a few handfuls of frozen mixed fruit, a banana, and a couple of handfuls of spinach.  I thought I’d try out a veggie smoothie tonight and I came up with this one.  I thought is was yummy and the best part is that I put it into popsicle molds so my boys will eat them this week.

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Carrot Smoothie

2 cups baby carrots

1 stick celery

apx. 1 cup apple juice

1 banana

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

12 ice cubes

I started by puréeing the carrots, celery, and apple juice.  Then add the banana, yogurt, and  ice cubes.  I really like carrot juice, but if you want to dilute it a little more add an extra banana or some other fruit (I did this for my boys and they drank their smoothies, without noticing that it was mostly veggies)

More smoothie recipes to come.  Happy Blending!

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Fruit + Green Smoothies

I like smoothies.  No, I LOVE smoothies!  They are like an addiction of healthy goodness. They are my favorite thing to make the moment I come home from a workout.  My boys ask for them regularly, they are my summer-go-to meal when it’s too hot to eat ‘real’ food.  I love that my boys know how to make a smoothie by themselves and love thinking of new ingredients.  Here are a few lucky creations I came up with that I absolutely love.

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Orange Julius Plus
1 -6oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup strawberries
1 -1 1/2 cups frozen spinach pieces
1 banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup water (opt. – to make it runnier)

Blend it up and serve!

Strawberry-Banana Blast Plus
1 -6 oz. can of frozen concentrate grape juice
1/2 apple chopped into slices or cubes so its easier to blend
2-3 cups frozen strawberries
1-2 bananas
1 1/2 cups frozen spinach pieces
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk (+ or – will determine how thick)

Blend it up and serve!

Loaded Fruit Smoothie

2 bananas
2-3 handfuls of mixed tropical fruit (I get a bulk bag at Costco)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 handfuls spinach leaves
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups water

Blend it up and serve!