During the holiday season, there is just so much to do. Everyone in my family seems to be going in a different direction. There are special programs and meetings at church and at Scouts. There are parties and meetings at work for my husband. I have fifty things to do at one time it seems. It is hard for everyone to sit down and eat a nutritious breakfast on those days even though we try.
And on Christmas morning, no one sits down to breakfast before we open presents first thing in the morning — really early morning. I wouldn’t even think about asking my family to wait until after breakfast to open gifts, so we have a late brunch. I have a trick on all those mornings that ensures that my family starts the day right — smoothies! They don’t know they are good for them; they just think they are good.
My son’s favorite is the Orange Julius smoothie. He likes his without any added sugar or sweetener, but I added the option to add sugar in the recipe if your family likes their smoothies a little sweeter. Since my son loves this drink, you can bet it has been thoroughly kid-tested.
Orange Julius Smoothie Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup ice
1 tablespoon sugar, honey, or substitute (optional)
1 orange slice (optional)
1. Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth and thickened. Pour into tall glass and add orange slice to rim of glass for decoration.
Makes 4 – 8 ounce glasses