The year is 199..ahem…ahem. I was in junior high and the place to be was the local shopping mall. Neon lights, the smell of Corn Dog on a Stick, and sticky tile floors. The arcade, filled with grungy skater dudes and next door, a bunch of preteen girls with ginormous bangs oohing and ahhing over the latest Tiger Beat superstar over at the Sam Goody.
And lest we forget…the Orange Julius stand. We’d dig through our pleather purses and dig out enough change to share one.
Though I’ve given up statuesque hair and New Kids on the Block are now Middle Aged Men in the Minivan, I still love me an Orange Julius. Naturally, the original isn’t great for you. I mean, have you seen the ingredient list?
Flavor Enhancer: Modified Whey Solids, Maltodextrin, Egg White Solids, Sugar, Karaya Gum, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Corn Syrup Solids, Guar Gum, Modified Food Starch, Dipotassium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Standardized with Dextrose.
Orange Juice: Orange Juice
Orange Julius Sweetener: General label declaration, ingredients may vary by supplier. High fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium benzoate (to protect taste).
What? I can’t pronounce half that stuff. I’ve come up with a smoothie that has all the flavor of an Orange Julius, with about half the calories and none of the ‘enhancers’ or ‘sweetners’. In fact, the only sweetner in this smoothie is FRUIT.
Also? It’s dairy and gluten free and vegan. Kids will love it…you’ll love it! A perfect way to start your day.
Now excuse me while I go and rat my hair…