A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! And my kids and their cousins absolutely love this Orange Julius copycat recipe!
Even though these smoothies are a relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often for the kids. But there’s no reason to go out for them when you can make one that tastes so similar at home!
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It is so hard to believe the kids are going back to school already… feels like summer just started! However, not only do my kids go back to school again this week, but my oldest son starts middle school and my youngest son starts kindergarten. So, lots of change coming our way, and yes, there are sure to be some tears– probably mostly from me though!
Mornings can be hectic… finishing up homework, getting lunches packed, making sure the kids have a healthy breakfast before heading out the door to catch the bus… but what about my own breakfast? I have to admit that, more than once, I have skipped breakfast because I simply haven’t had the time. But now, that excuse is gone. Even when I don’t have much time, I can still reach for Silk Almondmilk to help get my day started off the right way!
I was used to getting my almondmilk in the refrigerated section before, but now, I can get shelf-stable, individual bottles of Silk Almondmilk at my local Walmart. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for my busy life, I actually like being able to stock up on things so I don’t have to visit the store quite as often. And being able to stock up on this delicious almondmilk means that I have a quick breakfast-starter always available in my pantry.
Even though I am looking for a quick breakfast, I am still health-conscious. I really don’t want to start my day out with a donut just because it is quick and easy. For me, making a smoothie for breakfast is a quick, easy, healthier option. And using Silk Almondmilk as the base of my smoothie is a good choice because of how it’s made:
good source of calcium
contains NO: dairy, gluten, egg, casein, or MSG
NO artificial colors, flavors, or additives
On my last trip to Walmart, I picked up the Silk Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla and the Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel. And right now, you can save on these products with a $1.00 off coupon from Ibotta!
To make sure I get a good breakfast, and get the kids sent off to start the school year, I’m going to make a Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie:
Looking for a quick breakfast on the go? A post-workout recovery drink? A healthy snack? Well, here is the answer you have been looking for. Blueberry Mango Smoothie!
This smoothie is packed with protein and healthy antioxidants. Besides the whole foods based protein powder, blueberries provide many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, reducing belly fat, preserving vision, and improving heart and brain function. And the possible health benefits of mangoes include fighting cancer, helping to alkalize the body, aiding in weight loss, regulating diabetes, helping digestion, and aiding in clear your skin, just to name a few!
Consistently replacing breakfast or lunch with one of these delicious smoothies can also be helpful with weight loss, as you choose to replace your quick lunch run through a fast food line with a low-fat, protein packed complete, healthy smoothie.
Blueberry Mango Smoothie
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:
**Smoothie tip Use a frozen banana to give your smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)
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Need breakfast on the go? Well, it doesn’t get any easier than this. And that is one of the reasons that I love to make smoothies for breakfast… quick, easy, and healthy.
This smoothie is packed with protein and healthy antioxidants. Besides the whole foods based protein powder, blueberries provide many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, reducing belly fat, preserving vision, and improving heart and brain function. Top it off with some chia seeds, which are also packed with antioxidants, high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and may even be helpful with weight loss, and you will have a complete, healthy meal.
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:
A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! Well, over the years, it has gotten even better and now there are several flavors to choose from. My absolute favorite now is the Strawberry Banana Smoothie.
So even though these are a low-fat, relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often, so I had figured out a way to get a very similar, frothy drink right at home! This way I can save a bit of money, and add a little “protein boost” to it as well…
You may have heard of a weight loss challenge or a fitness challenge, but you probably have never heard of a smoothie challenge. Do you currently drink a smoothie or protein shake? Maybe you use it as a meal replacement, pre-workout energy drink, post-workout recovery, or healthy snack. But does it really provide the nutrition that your body is needing? If you are using it as a meal replacement, does it provide enough protein? Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals from a good, natural source or is your current protein shake filled with artificial colors, flavors, and manufactured vitamins?
What you are putting into your body every day matters. Our bodies can absorb and utilize naturally occurring vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables much better than synthetically created ones. So if you are taking a weight loss supplement or protein shake that has been “fortified with vitamins,” your body may not be able to utilize those forms as well as naturally occurring vitamins found in the whole food source. Or you may even be taking something that is labeled “natural” or “organic.” And don’t get me wrong, “natural” and “organic” are definitely good, but let’s not forget that the elements showing up on the periodic table are “natural” and “organic” too… and many of those, would be harmful to consume.
Read the label of your current protein shake. What are the ingredients? What is the source of the vitamins and minerals? Trust me, it matters.
So what exactly is a smoothie challenge?
I want for you to compare labels. Look at your current protein shake and then compare it to Juice Plus+ Complete. I have a feeling that you are going to see all sorts of added preservatives, fillers, flavors, etc in what you are currently taking. Now look at the Juice Plus+ Complete label:
I have been drinking protein shakes for breakfast since I was in college… eating a big breakfast has never really been my thing… so I have tried many protein shakes from several companies, health food stores, and I can honestly say that I like Juice Plus+ Complete the best. For me, it has been life changing.
Does that sound dramatic to say that a protein shake is life changing? Maybe it sounds that way, but it truly has been. Before I started taking the Complete protein shakes (in combination with the Juice Plus+ Trio: Garden, Orchard, and Vineyard), I had a feeling of hunger all the time. I was hungry, but didn’t know what I craved. I had the urge to snack to fill that hunger—and that is the wrong thing to do. Once I started making the Juice Plus+ Complete shakes in the morning, and taking the fruit and vegetable supplements, those feelings of hunger went away—I no longer felt the urge to snack—my body was getting something that it hadn’t had before. I felt satiated. (Juice Plus+ Complete also comes in individual serving packets that are perfect to take on-the-go!)
And as a result of not feeling the urge to snack, I have just an overall better feeling in my body. You know, that #hangry feeling went away. I started to lose weight. YES! In the last four months, I am down about seven pounds. Of course, I also try to get in at least 7000 steps a day on my activity tracker… you can read about How My Activity Tracker Has Changed My Life as well. But the point is, I haven’t done anything drastic. I haven’t had to cut stuff out of my diet… and best of all, I didn’t have to starve myself to try to lose weight. It is happening with proper nutrition.
So… I am challenging YOU to compare labels, replace your current protein shake with Juice Plus+ Complete for the next 60 days… and experience the difference for yourself! If you are not totally satisfied, Juice Plus+ has a Satisfaction Guaranteed policy, so you can return your purchase for a refund. There is absolutely no risk! So what are you waiting for? You will literally be able to taste the difference between the vitamins from the fruits and vegetables and the synthetic ones. Take the #ShakeItUp Smoothie Challenge for the next couple of months… your body will be glad you did!