Healthy Orange Julius Smoothie

For the past month of training for the half marathon, I have chose to eat a pretty clean diet.  I usually eat pretty healthy anyway but I have wanted just to eat real whole foods so that included a diet of mostly fruits, veggies, lean meats, and nuts. I have had a few off days here and there but have mostly been happy sticking to this and have felt great.  It has been almost 30 days of no caffeine and this morning I really could have used a cup.  We were on the road for hockey (awesome hockey games) so sleeping in a hotel and eating not the best food for me after eating so clean really caught up to me.  My stomach is very upset, I have bags under my eyes, and I am so tired.  It is amazing to me how foods can make you feel this way and yet most people still choose to eat a diet full of junk.

I have been craving my green drinks, fruits, and vegetables all weekend.  When we got home tonight, we all wanted something sweet but were still pretty full from dinner.  I was also so thirsty from all the sodium and was craving oranges so I decided to create a healthy version of an old favorite.  We used to make orange julius smoothies growing up with frozen orange juice concentrate, vanilla, ice, and milk.  We also would order them at the mall whenever we were shopping when I was a little girl.  Now I like to recreate old favorites with healthy ingredients.  The results were great.  My son Jackson loved it as well as my husband and I.

Healthy Orange Julius Smoothie

3 oranges

1 whole carrot or about 8 baby carrots

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup 10 1 1/2 cups of ice

1 dash of vanilla (optional)

Optional : scoop of high quality protein powder

 

Put peeled oranges, vanilla almond milk, dash of vanilla, and carrots in a high speed blender.  Blend until mixed and then add ice.  Blend on high until ice is blended to desired consistency.  about 45 seconds total.

 

Pour into mugs and enjoy.  So refreshing! This made 3 servings this size for us but could make about 4 1 cup servings.  Perfect sweet healthy treat to end this not so healthy weekend.  One last week of training before the big day.  This will be a nice easy week of working out. I cant wait to wake up, make a green smoothie, get a nice easy run in, and get a massage.  I know I didn’t train as much as I would have liked but I am anxious to see how it goes.

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