Green Julius Smoothie

Isn’t it supposed to be an orange Julius?  Yes.  Yes it is.  But this is 2019 and we’re not teenagers at the mall anymore.  We do things like Marie Kondo (yep, it’s a verb now) the heck out of our closets.  We make budgets and stick to them.  We cut sugar like it’s our job.  We add greens to every smoothie and juice we can.  And we like it.  For real.  Joy is sparked.

But still, nostalgia tastes good.  Nostalgia tastes even better when it’s made healthier and enjoyed in your very own grown-up kitchen.  Can we also recognize the fact that, as for-real adults, we can also enjoy this vibrant, nutritious, and just-sweet-enough smoothie while we wear considerably less glitter (on our jeans, in our hair, on our face) and fewer butterfly clips than we did as teenagers?  It seems a noteworthy thing to be thankful for.  

Whether you blend this up to start your day or to refuel after a particularly rewarding workout, I know you’ll just love it.  I sure did.  

A healthified nod to everyone’s favorite teenage mall drink, this green Julius smoothie will bring a smile to your face and some serious nutritional value to your day.

Green Julius Smoothie
adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Ingredients:
1 large navel orange, zested (reserve zest), peeled, and pulled into sections
1/2 c. almond milk (or other preferred milk), frozen into cubes
1 handful fresh baby spinach
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. honey, maple syrup, or preferred sweetener

Directions:
1.  Add all ingredients to the blender, including the orange zest.  You may want to pull the seeds out of the orange if you see any large ones and/or don’t have a blender powerful enough to pulverize them.  (I don’t!)  Taste and adjust sweetener, if desired.  Enjoy!

yield: 1 smoothie

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