“Orange” Julius Smoothie

I’m always on the lookout for a good “sneaky” snack.

Smoothies are definitely one of my favorite ways to “sneak” healthy ingredients into our diets. They are also a great way to use soon-to-expire yogurt which I frequently get for FREE or for pennies when I use my coupons. (Just yesterday I bought a four-pack of yogurt cups for 9 cents!) Smoothies are also a great way to use up ripe bananas or other fruit that will soon spoil. I haven’t gotten TOO crazy with combinations, but we have been doing a bit of  and smoothies are one of my kids favorite breakfast drinks or snacks.

Here is one we tried the other day that was a hit.

“Orange” Julius Smoothie

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2-1 cup vanilla yogurt (depending on how thick you want it)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 TBSP sugar (optional)
  • 2 TBSP carrot puree (will probably try adding more next time)
  • 6-8 ice cubes

Blend in blender until ice is crushed, then serve.


  1. Love this new feature! I try each week to get something posted and it never happens. I just need to schedule it when I do my menu plan monday post – which I always forget to link up!


  2. I had frozen, remnant orange juice in ice cube trays, which worked out perfect for this recipe!

    Typically, I use milk, yogurt, spinach, agave nectar, and often add beets & blueberries.

    This recipe was a nice flavor change while still getting veggies into my kids in the morning. :)


    pameladonnis Reply:

    Wow, I’ve never tried beets or spinach! I’ve been hearing a lot about spinach smoothies though, so I may have to give that a try :).


  3. I tried posting earlier, so I hope I’m not double posting.

    When you use carrot puree are you using cooked carrots that have been pureed or are you using fresh carrots that have been sent through the blender??


    pameladonnis Reply:

    In this case I used cooked carrots that I pureed and then added to the smoothie. If you have a really high powered blender though, it would probably be good with raw. I’ll have to try that. Or if you do, let me know how it went.



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