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Orange Julius Smoothie to Start Your Holiday Mornings

Orange Julius SmoothieDuring 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

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