Here’s my skinny version of a mall favorite,“Orange Julius.” I figured out the two secret ingredients in the Orange Julius, vanilla extract and milk! The vanilla softens the hard, acidic edge of the juice and produces a unique flavor, which is fruity and creamy. The milk further softens the blend. I’ve made it skinny by using light vanilla soy milk or almond milk and a little sugar substitute. You could also make it with reduced-fat or fat-free milk, if you prefer. This skinny recipe has about half the calories, only one third the sugar of a regular Orange Julius and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. This is a refreshing smoothie for anyone who’s lactose intolerant but everybody is going to love this. So give it a whirl, grab a straw and start skinny sipping!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
⅔ cup orange juice
⅓ cup light vanilla soy milk (I like Silk Light Vanilla Soy milk) light vanilla almond milk, reduced-fat or fat-free milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 packages Stevia, Splenda, Equal or any sugar substitute or regular sugar, to taste
1½ cups ice cubes
1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
2. Blend on high for about 1 minute or until the ice is crushed and the smoothie becomes frothy.
Makes 1 smoothie
The Orange Julius was first introduced in 1926 at a food stand in Los Angeles, owned by Julius Freed. It was the official drink of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Soy milk is a drink made from soybeans. It’s produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water.
Orange juice is loaded with vitamin C. One 8 ounce glass supplies 100% of the daily value for vitamin C.
Soy milk contains about the same proportion of protein as milk. It’s a good source of lecithin and vitamin E.
This smoothie also works great with fat-free or reduced-fat milk although I was pleasantly surprised by how great the vanilla soy milk or vanilla almond milk taste in this smoothie.
Weight Watchers (old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Skinny Orange Julius
130 calories, 1g fat, 3g protein, 24g carbs, 1g fiber, 34mg sodium, 19g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 regular Orange Julius
270 calories, 1g fat, 1g protein, 68g carbs, 1g fiber, 10mg sodium, 62g sugar