Orange Julius, SUPER-Charged!

orange juliusorange collageWe have so many oranges, satsumas, mandarins, lemons and kumquats right now that we need to open our own roadside stand! Since “ain’t nobody got time for that,”I am trying to think of as many ways and recipes that I can use all of our citrus. Be sure to check out this post with 50 Uses for Lemons in the Kitchen. I also have a Sugar-Free Kumquat Marmalade recipe coming up in the near future!

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Orange Julius, SUPER-Charged!

In my first cookbook, Satisfying Eats, I shared with you my first Orange Julius recipe. Since Satisfying Eats has over 250 recipes, I am afraid that this recipe has gotten lost in the pages so I am re-sharing because this one’s too good to be missed.

I did update my original recipe to include gelatin, coconut oil and egg for extra protein and added nutrients. This updated version is still a low-carb, sugar-free and now is loaded with Superfoods! Oh, and it taste delicious too! 

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What you may not know about the Original Orange Julius…

The large cup of the Original Orange Julius pictured right above has over 117 Carbohydrates! YIKES! They advertise how healthy the Orange Julius is but the nutrition information says otherwise. Their site promotes the shake’s Vitamin C, protein and antioxidants, but what they don’t tell you is that their drinks will put you into a diabetic coma, and that’s NO joke! Unfortunately, their shakes also only contain minuscule amounts of protein. 

A few years back I was at the mall and wanted something “healthy” (it was healthy in my definition at the time). I went to a smoothie shop and ordered a strawberry smoothie, with protein. I paid for the smoothie but when they started making my drink, they realized they were out of protein powder. So because I already paid, they just gave the me the larger size (with no protein). OMG… I promise that if I wasn’t with my best friend I would not have made it home. I felt HORRIBLE after drinking an entire cup of liquid sugar, especially with no fat or protein to offset it. It was really scary how I felt. Now I know why, our bodies are not designed to consume that much carbohydrates at once, ESPECIALLY without the presence of fat and protein.   Lesson learned!

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Quality Ingredients

Real ingredients make the recipe REAL delicious and TRULY healthy and SUPER-Charged! 

Milk Use a good quality milk. If using cream be sure it doesn’t contain carrageenans, which are known to cause digestive problems. You can also use pure canned coconut milk or even 2 tbsp. of coconut cream concentrate (or coconut manna) and 1/4 cup water for a dairy-free version. I chose not to use regular milk or my homemade coconut milk in this recipe for extra richness. 

Gelatin I added Great Lakes Gelatin to get my daily dose of good quality collagen. Be sure to check out this blog post and learn why you should be consuming gelatin. 

Coconut Oil I add Virgin Coconut Oil to every smoothie I make. Remember, FAT is GOOD, especially the MCFA’s found in coconut oil. (Read HERE why you should be consuming Coconut Oil).

Pure Vanilla I now only use my homemade vanilla extract. Read your labels if purchasing vanilla extract from the store because they can sometimes contain sugar, artificial flavoring and even GLUTEN!

Orange Juice Be sure you are using FRESH juice, the kind you squeeze yourself! STAY AWAY from commercial juices. 99% of them contain natural flavors and have been treated and processed pass the point of having any real nutrition. (For more information, read HERE.) As my colleague Chris says, processed juice is just “Sugar Water,” and that’s pretty much the truth. 

I used 1/4 cup of fresh satsuma juice (I love the bright color and taste of the juice), but you can also use fresh orange juice. Also, feel free to add more orange juice (an additional 1/4 cup) if you can handle the extra carbohydrates or you plan on sharing the drink with someone else.

Sweetener Use whatever sweetener you prefer. I typically use Stevia and very small amounts of raw honey or coconut sugar to sweeten my recipes. In this recipe I added a small amount of KAL Stevia. If using Stevia, be sure to read the label to make sure it only contains one ingredient, Stevia. 

Egg This recipe also calls for an egg. This is an OPTIONAL ingredient. I know some people are weirded out by eating raw eggs, but as long as they come from organic, pasture raised chickens (and a reliable source), raw eggs are actually good for you. (Read more information HERE). Again, the egg is optional, but it helps contribute to the shakes consistency and also adds extra protein along with other vitamin and minerals. 

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Why eggs are best eaten Raw

Raw eggs are better because cooking them will damage the valuable nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, bioflavanoids present in egg yolk that are incredibly important for your vision. 

Heating the egg protein also changes its chemical shape, and the distortion can easily lead to allergies. 

Further, when an egg is overcooked, such as when it is scrambled, the cholesterol in it becomes oxidized, or rancid, and oxidized cholesterol can increase your levels of inflammation and lead to numerous health problems. (SOURCE)

Now you know, it’s OK to eat your eggs raw!  Add the egg or leave it out, this recipe is still a keeper!

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I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Orange Julius, SUPER-Charged
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup fresh orange, satsuma or mandarin juice (or more)
  2. 1/4 cup heavy cream or pure coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup cold water
  4. Zest of 1 orange, satsuma or mandarin
  5. 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  6. 1 tbsp. Great Lakes Gelatin (preferable green can)
  7. 1 tbsp. Virgin Coconut Oil
  8. 10-15 ice cubes
  9. 2 servings of KAL Stevia or sweetener of choice (to taste)**
  10. Optional: 1/2 tsp. pure orange extract (for extra orange flavor)
  11. Optional: 1 pastured egg
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender, and blend until ice is crushed.
  2. Taste for sweetness and serve immediately.
  3. Optional: Add zest of orange on top of drink before serving.
Notes
  1. 340 Calories, 30 grams Fat, 7 Net Carbs,12 grams Protein (using cream & egg)
  2. ** 2 tbsp. of raw honey can also be used
Adapted from Satisfying Eats Cookbook
Satisfying Eats http://satisfyingeats.com/
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Happy Cookin’!

Melissa 

 

 

Comments

  1. Michelle N says

    Melissa,
    Wow! Orange Julius has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. When I saw this today I was out and bought OJ right away knowing I had to try it immediately!!! Since growing up and eating healthy I have tried so many versions and tried many versions of my own. You have nailed it. It is perfect. So good. Oh my goodness. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I love it!! It is so yummy just the perfect mix of flavors. Great job as always!! You are a master! <3

  2. Beth says

    Thank you for updating & reposting this wonderful recipe.
    I used to love Orange Julius but I have never had success in recreating it in a healthy way.
    I can’t seem to find any beef gelatin in Canada, so I’m hoping the recipe will still work without it.

    • satisfyingeats says

      Beth, I hope you enjoy the recipe. You don’t need the gelatin for the recipes to turn out! Let me know what you think!

      • Beth says

        I just found out that Great Lake’s gelatin is available on Amazon.ca, so now I just have to wait for that to arrive.
        I tried it without the gelatin and it was amazing! Much better than the orange julius drinks that I remember.

        Thanks for all the hard work you put into your recipes, and for making them available to us. You rock!

  3. Amy K says

    Yay! Orange Julius that won’t kill us!

    I’d love to see YouTube videos on how long to sauté different veggies. I’m in a huge rut!

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