Orange Julius' were my absolute favorite, hands down. I could hardly contain myself as we stood in the always endlessly long line waiting for our Icy, sweet Julius treat. It's funny, back then I thought they were good for you, they were full of fruit right? Hmmmmm. Good thing I didnt' have to worry about that then.
Well , Orange Julius has long since been gone, replaced by another fad of the moment. I've been making my own various tropical smoothies and juices for my family for special treats and had all but forgotten about Orange Julius'. Then, last week, my mom handed me what I thought was our usual mixed berry-yogurt smoothie. I took a sip........ and schazaaaam, was blasted into my childhood via my taste buds!
What was this magical concoction that has eluded me all these years? This simple recipe that brings back memories of happiness and childhood bliss. I'll tell you, and only because not only is it tear inducing delicious, but contains NO sugar! This may not mean much to you if you've never had a sugar-laden Orange Julius, but let me tell you, it's BIG TIME!
Berry-Orange Julius Smoothie
1 cup mixed frozen berries
2 cups non-fat, plain yogurt
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon Flax Meal ( ground, toasted flax seed)
3 small pieces frozen orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract