Strawberry Orange Julius

I had a craving for that dreamcicle-like flavor of an Orange Julius from my childhood. [Apparently Orange Julius is still around, but I haven't seen one in a long time. Then again I don't go to shopping malls often.] I'm not sure what is so magical about the orange-vanilla combination, but this smoothie-of-a-bygone-era certainly left an impact on my childhood. And how could it not, when it's loaded with so many healthful ingredients?

Here are the ingredients of the Original Orange Julius from the company's website:

Flavor Enhancer: Modified Whey Solids, Maltodextrin, Egg White Solids, Sugar, Karaya Gum, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Corn Syrup Solids, Guar Gum, Modified Food Starch, Dipotassium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Standardized with Dextrose.
Orange Juice
Orange Julius Sweetener:  High fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium benzoate.

Ew. Gross.

So how about a healthy, made at home version? Can it be done? Yes, it can.

I started with this recipe. In an attempt to get even more vitamin C into our bodies (we were fighting colds at the time), I decided to make a strawberry version. I used whole strawberries - tops and all - that I picked and froze myself. Some blenders might not be able to handle the whole frozen strawberries, in which case it would be fine to use sliced ones. If they are in season, you're welcome to use fresh ones, but your smoothie won't be quite as thick and creamy. (I like a smoothie that requires a spoon, if you know what I mean.)

Note: I'm not a huge fan of juice as a regular part of the diet, but I do think that freshly squeezed juice has its place in a balanced diet. Fresh juice from organic oranges would be ideal here, but in this busy and exhausted season of my pregnant life, last time I made this I decided to compromise and buy some organic orange juice. It is important to buy organic juice, because if the fruit is sprayed with pesticides the juice has a much higher concentration of them than if you were just eating fruit. Also, orange juice apparently has some nasty chemicals designed to keep the flavor consistent no matter what season or where it's coming from. (They don't put them on the label because somewhere down the line before being chemically altered, they came from oranges. Supposedly.) I'm hoping they leave those out of the organic stuff...

Actually Good-for-You Strawberry Orange Julius

1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, or organic store-bought orange juice
1 cup of frozen strawberries
3/4 c. plain yogurt
1/2 t. vanilla
raw milk, to thin to desired consistency
honey to taste (perhaps about a teaspoon)

A few hours (or days) before you want to make your smoothie, freeze 1/2 cup of the orange juice in an ice cube tray.

Combine all ingredients in the blender, using the frozen juice cubes and the remaining 1/2 c. of orange juice. Taste and add more honey or vanilla if you want. Mmmmm good.

The toddler likes it too...and check out that bedhead!

I recommend Tilty Sippy Cups with Smoothie lids for mess-free smoothie enjoyment!

This is part of Real Food Wednesday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, and Simple Lives Thursday.


Pregnancy Food Diary: Thirty-Four Weeks

mmmm Stromboli....

Here is a much belated pregnancy food diary for you. I've included a day from a couple weeks ago and one that is more recent.

Monday March 19

Breakfast: 1.5 eggs with potatoes and carrots (leftover from a roast chicken), kale with onion cooked in coconut oil and chicken broth, sourdough biscuit with butter, kombucha.

Snack: Homemade soaked granola bar, apple

Lunch: Leftover Stromboli (soaked whole wheat dough) filled with spinach, nitrate-free pepperoni, olives, mushrooms, mozzarella, and pizza sauce

Snack: Homemade breakfast cereal with raw milk and 1/2 a banana

Dinner: Chicken salad on sprouted bread with butter

Snack: Smoothie (strawberries, banana, yogurt, raw milk), sprouted toast with peanut butter and honey

Servings (recommended in parentheses):
Protein: 4.5 (4)
Eggs: 1.5 (2)

Dairy: 3 (4) 
Butter: 3 (3)
Whole Grains: 6 (2)
Refined Grains: 0 (0)
Veggies: 3 (3-4)
Greens: 2 (2)

Fruit: 3 (1)
Citrus: 0 (1)
Probiotic Foods: 3 (4)

Sunday, April 1
Breakfast: Sprouted wheat bagel with butter, 2 eggs fried in coconut oil, 2 pieces of organic nitrate-free bacon, some cheddar cheese, and sauteed spinach. Kombucha.

Lunch: Pesto baked salmon, roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, broccoli, and mixed greens salad with apple, cashews, dried cranberries, and homemade vinaigrette

Snack: decaf coffee (a special treat!), two raw cookie dough bites, and a homemade protein bar (recipe coming soon)

Dinner: Mexican Rice (from Nourishing Traditions: brown rice cooked with butter, olive oil, chicken broth, onion, and lots of good spices), beans (black and pinto soaked and cooked with garlic, cumin,  oregano, and hot peppers), guacamole, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. A few pieces of mango.

Snacks: two dark Dove chocolates, 1/2 an apple, some water kefir (to wash down my cod liver oil)

Servings (recommended in parentheses):
Protein: 4 (4)
Eggs: 2 (2)

Dairy: 2 (4) 
Butter: 3 (3)
Whole Grains: 3 (2)
Refined Grains: 0 (0)
Veggies: 4 (3-4)
Greens: 2 (2)

Fruit: 1.5 (1)
Citrus: 0 (1)
Probiotic Foods: 3 (4)

Are you pregnant? What are you eating lately?