Thursday, March 3, 2011
The orange juice is amazing, but straight juice can be a little hard on the system in quantity. So I formulated this healthy beverage that is more balanced and nourishing.
I have been using coconut milk because we got two fresh coconuts in our bountiful basket last week. You could use almond milk or whole milk. The egg adds extra creaminess, flavor and beefs up the snack. I have read about raw egg whites blocking absorption of B vitamins, so you may want to research that to decide if you want to leave that out. Sweetener is also optional, it is not entirely necessary, but if you have a sweet tooth, a little bit of maple syrup or coconut sugar makes it a nice treat. I have found that honey is hard to incorporate with cold things.
I haven't had a real Orange Julius in more than 10 years. It is probably more accurate to say this is my first real orange julius since the establishment serves something that is hardly real. It is made with orange juice concentrate and a lot of powders. One is called a "flavor enhancer" and contains; Modified whey solids, maltodextrin, egg white solids, sugar, karaya gum, natural and artificial flavors, corn syrup solids, guar gum, modified food starch, dipotassium phosphate, titanium dioxide, xanthan gum, dextrose. Yikes!! Apparently much of this stuff is illegal in Canada because the chain has to use a different formula there which only has six of the fourteen ingredients.
1 cup orange juice
1 cup milk or yogurt
1 cup ice
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
maple syrup or coconut sugar(optional)
Blend all ingredients well and serve.
We got a Magic Bullet from my mother in law for Christmas and it makes these extremely well :)
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