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Healthy Vegan Orange Julius

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Do you ever walk through your mall when you’re starving? It’s a dangerous condition to shop through, believe me. I cannot shop hungry or I feel like I will either collapse on the spot or claw someone till I’m fed.  Which is why I’m grateful that most mall food courts have one or two healthy places that save my life. Sushi joints and smoothie shops are my favourite. But there are some smoothie places that really don’t serve the healthiest drinks, even though they look healthy. Take Orange Julius. I love that place and they have some great, healthy options, but their signature Orange Julius isn’t so hot. Guess what’s in it? One large Orange Julius has 700 calories and 110 grams of sugar! Their small version isn’t as bad, but it still 350 flipping calories for a tiny serving.

I made my own and I think it tastes just as great. It’s got all that lovely orange foam I heart. It’s vegan. It has 63 calories for a glass. And it’s actually GOOD for you. It’s high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E,  potassium, calcium,  and really low in fat and sugar. This is a great way to serve orange juice to your kids in the morning or for a refreshing cold drink in the afternoon! Serves 3.

Healthy Vegan Orange Julius

  1. 1 ½ cups almond milk*
  2. ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  3. 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  4. 6 ice cubes

*I used this homemade almond milk

Blend everything up in your high speed blender and pour into two glasses.

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Healthy Vegan Orange Julius 03

Nutritional Info (per serving): Cals: 63, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 136mg, Carbs: 8g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g

What’s your favourite summer time beverage? How are you keeping cool in this hot weather?

Category: Dairy Free, Drinks & Smoothies, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , 31 comments »

31 Responses to “Healthy Vegan Orange Julius”

  1. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    Wow, that’s quite a calorie reduction! These look so refreshing–perfect for summer.

  2. Kelly

    Yummm!!! Looks great.

  3. Helen Koval

    Gr8 idea! Gonna fix it tomorrow morning:-) Yum-yum-yum!

  4. cakewhiz

    i never thought an orange smoothie can look tasty and be healthy at the same time. i am loving this drink!

  5. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Love this! I bet it’s so refreshing and delicious :D

  6. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    Mmmmm I make this one all the time!! SO good!

  7. Nadia

    Looks yummy! But in the summer I prefer the in season fruits like watermelons, melons, peaches, etc :))) The oranges are saved for the winter months when nothing else looks delicious enough :)

  8. Juanita

    Nice combo. I don’t often use citrus juice in my smoothies, but this looks good. It’s Winter here, so beverages of choice are running hot…think jasmine green tea :-)

  9. samah

    What a nice lovely blog here, Thank you charissa for stopping by.
    Your blog aim is woderful , so expect me to stuck by, just subscribe to be updated.
    This smoothy looks very delicious plus it’s healthy, sure will try once I have some fresh oranges.

  10. La Chapstick Fanatique

    Oooh I am definitely going to have to try this. And it is so low in calories!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog. Come again soon!

  11. Faith

    I love your healthy remake of this classic drink! It’s one of my favs, and I would feel great about having this healthy version any time!

  12. Russell at Chasing Delicious

    All your healthy recipes and posts are so inspiring! This looks super scrumptious and perfect for summer. Yum!

  13. Sheelbeel

    That looks insanely easy and insanely delicious! I need to try this ASAP!

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  15. corina

    This looks great for summer. I love almond milk and am about to check out your homemade recipe too!

  16. Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite

    This looks delicious! MMMmm

  17. Spatoola

    Wow. That looks amazing. I might have to surprise my boyfriend this a vegan orange julius tomorrow. He’d love it.

  18. kathy

    love this sip! Pretty pics too. hope u submit to !! ~kathy

  19. martha

    i’ve recently discovered almond milk and i really love it, will give this combination a try really soon though :)

  20. Liver Cleanse

    This looks fantastic. My wife was craving an orange julius and this was the best one we found! Thanks!

  21. suzieq

    Yum! I just made this for my 2 year old daughter and me. I added a few extra ice cubes and 1 tablespoon of honey. We both loved it!

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  24. Nichole

    could l just use a fresh orange instead of oj concentrate?

  25. Charissa

    Nichole – for sure! The flavour might not be as bold, but it will work! Let me know how it goes…orange juice would work fine too…

  26. Stacie

    Mmmmmmm!!! My four kids had their very first orange julius and LOVED it! What a great healthy version, we juiced our own oranges and it was perfectly sweet!

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  29. Amber

    I just made this (juiced oranges then mixed up in the Vitamix) and it does not come out very well with only 1/2 cup oranges. There was way too much almond milk compared to the juice. I had to juice 2 additional oranges to total 1 cup orange juice, then I had to add some Stevia because it still didn’t taste very good!

  30. Charissa

    Amber – The recipe calls for orange juice concentrate, which is a small amount of OJ, but loads of flavour. I haven’t really tried making it your way…but I know if you use the concentrate it will be really sweet with any need for added sweeteners.

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