Healthy Orange Julius Recipe (Fresh Orange Smoothie) (2024)

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This Healthy Orange Julius Recipe is a flashback to childhood! They were my favorite treat when visiting malls. This fresh orange smoothie is a much healthier version, as shown in the nutritional stats comparison below!

Adore healthy smoothie recipes? Also try my Strawberry Banana Orange Julius or this super popular Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie.

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A Healthier Version of the Popular Orange Julius

As a kid, we didn’t go to malls or eat out often. When we did, my mom was pretty lax about the choices we made. She turned a blind eye when I would fill my plate with an egg-bacon-cheese “salad” and chocolate mousse at buffet restaurants, and order deep fried chimichangas at Mexican restaurants.

A stop at Orange Julius when we were in malls was mandatory! Creamy, delicious, and — made of oranges? A pretty good “treat”, right?

Here’s the ingredient list of a classic Orange Julius:

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I’m not quite sure what sodium carboxymethylcellulose or Maltodextrin is, but I am pretty sure I will NOT be feeding it to my son. I do see dextrose, sugar, and corn syrup solids — 3different forms of sugar. (Lots of these ingredients are on my Food Additive Nix List(free printable available)- a great resource for navigating nutrition labels!).

I was surprised to see actual concentrated orange juice on the list, especially considering the nutritional stats.

Nutritional Stats of a classic Orange Julius vs. a Homemade Orange Smoothie:

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The mall drink is packed with more sugar than a can of soda, and besides having vitamin C from the orange juice it contains, it’s devoid of nutrients.

It’s a sugar bomb with no protein and no fiber.

What You’ll Need

My Healthy Orange Julius Smoothie is made with real fruit, and contains no added sugars. The 20 grams of sugar it contains come straight from the oranges and banana. Because it’s made with whole ingredients, it also has a nice dose of fiber, Vitamin A, calcium and iron.

  • Whole Oranges (no juice!)
  • Banana (peel, quarter and freeze ahead of time for a cold, thick smoothie!)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Protein Powder (I use whey isolate, but use any good tasting protein powder you enjoy)
  • Coconut Milk (lends a creamy sweet taste, but can use almond milk as a sub)
  • Ice

Just 5 healthy ingredients!

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Are Oranges Good in Smoothies?

I didn’t start using whole oranges in smoothies until I got a Vitamix. That machine will blend anything into a smooth texture. Since I use the oranges fresh and not frozen in this smoothie,it will also work in a regular blender.

Fresh oranges add a ton of sweetness and a tart flavor that I love in smoothies. Although oranges are often overlooked at smoothie bars, they shouldn’t be!

Also try this delicious Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie, made with mandarin oranges and spinach for more added nutrition!

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How to Make Orange Julius at Home?

An Orange Julius is a frothy vanilla-orange smoothie. When I was a kid, my mom would make them for us at home using concentrated orange juice blended with ice and vanilla. Here treat is where I came up with the idea for thiseasy Orange Julius recipe.

The one from the mall is light and creamy, so I like to add either almond milk or coconut milk. I also find that using whey protein isolate, in addition to giving it a protein kick to make it more satiating, gives it that frothy and light texture.

How to Make a Healthy Orange Julius Smoothie

Step 1: Add peeled oranges, frozen bananas, almond or coconut milk, ice, and vanilla to a blender. Add whey protein if using (I highly recommend this!).

Step 2: Process the smoothie until it’s light and frothy.

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Step 3: Serve the smoothie right away so that it stays icy cold!

Step 4: If desired, garnish the smoothie is orange zest and whipped cream, if desired. You can keep this orange smoothie vegan by using a vegan protein powder and coconut whipped cream.

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The Perfect Orange Smoothie Recipe

Make it Vegan: Sub your favorite vegan protein, or omit the protein power.

Make it Your Own: Turn this healthy Orange Julius Smoothie into a healthy Strawberry Orange Julius by adding a couple of strawberries. Add spinach for an extra nutrient boost. I also like making this with grapefruits for an extra tart but still creamy and delicious treat.

Add Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt adds probiotics and some additional protein! Add 1/4 cup and blend until smooth with the rest of the ingredients.

Other Healthy Orange Smoothie Recipes:

  • Orange Dreamcicle Green Smoothie, by Sunkissed Kitchen
  • Golden Turmeric Smoothie, by Sunkissed Kitchen
  • Strawberry Banana Orange Julius, by Sunkissed Kitchen
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Healthy Orange Julius Smoothie

Replace the classic mall drink with a healthier orange smoothie made with whole fruit. This version is naturally sweetened with fruit and makes a healthy and refreshing snack!

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 smoothies

Calories: 171kcal

Author: Michelle Miller


  • 2 oranges peeled
  • 1 banana large, peeled, quartered & frozen
  • 1/4-1/2 cup almond milk or sub coconut milk
  • 15 large ice cubes
  • 20 grams whey protein isolate optional*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

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  • For a thick smoothie, be sure your banana is completely frozen prior to making a smoothie. I also only use 1/4 cup of liquid to keep things on the thicker side.

  • Add peeled oranges, frozen banana, ice cubes, your choice of milk (can sub orange juice for a sweeter smoothie), optional protein powder, and vanilla to a blender. This works best in a high speed blender, but can be made in a good quality standard blender.

  • Blend until the oranges are completely smoothie and the smoothie is thick and creamy. Top with a dollop of yogurt or coconut cream, if desired.



*Use almond milk for the lowest calorie/sugar smoothie. Use orange juice if you’d prefer a sweeter smoothie. I often use coconut milk to add a bit of extra creaminess and richness to the smoothie.

*Whey protein isoptional, but I recommend it for the best texture.The whey protein isolate I’ve linked to in the recipe is unsweetened, but has a natural vanilla flavor added that also adds an extra boost of vanilla flavor.

Make it Vegan: Sub your favorite vegan protein, or omit the protein power.

Make it Your Own: Turn this healthy Orange Julius Smoothie into a healthy Strawberry Orange Julius by adding a couple of strawberries. Add spinach for an extra nutrient boost. I also like making this with grapefruits for an extra tart but still creamy and delicious treat.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 77.8mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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Are Orange Julius smoothies healthy? ›

The mall drink is packed with more sugar than a can of soda, and besides having vitamin C from the orange juice it contains, it's devoid of nutrients. It's a sugar bomb with no protein and no fiber.

What is the healthiest liquid to put in a smoothie? ›

If you're looking to cut calories and sugar from your diet, water is the perfect choice for liquid for smoothies. Not only is it calorie-free and sugar-free, but it's also money-free!

How to make smoothies that are actually healthy? ›

Blend together:
  1. 1 cup of frozen mixed berries.
  2. A generous handful of spinach (frozen or fresh)
  3. 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder.
  4. ½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (or vanilla coconut yogurt as a dairy alternative)
  5. 1 cup of base liquid (water or milk/milk alternatives such as almond or cashew milk)

What is the difference between a smoothie and an Orange Julius? ›

What's the difference between an Orange Julius and a smoothie? The original Orange Julius consists of orange juice concentrate, milk, vanilla, sugar and ice. While it is sweeter than my version, I bet mine still tastes deliciously orange-y! My smoothie contains spinach, oranges, almond milk and banana.

Is drinking a smoothie the same as eating fruit? ›

This is why it's better to eat whole fruit, rather than fruit in the form of juice or a smoothie. Fruit juice and smoothies, on the other hand, have most of the fibre (roughage) removed when they are made and it's very easy to drink large quantities in a short space of time.

Can drinking a fruit smoothie everyday healthy? ›

While they provide several health benefits, drinking too many smoothies can negatively affect your health. They can add a lot of unforeseen calories, especially when a smoothie is simply a beverage with a meal.

What not to put in healthy smoothies? ›

7 Ingredients You Should Never Add to Your Weight Loss Smoothie
  1. Fruit Juice. Arguably the most common mistake people make when preparing smoothies is adding fruit juice. ...
  2. Flavored Yogurt. ...
  3. Highly Processed Protein Powders. ...
  4. Milk. ...
  5. Super Sweet Fruits. ...
  6. Added Sweeteners. ...
  7. Too Many Healthy Fats.

What is the most important ingredient in a smoothie? ›

1. Protein: Protein is essential for helping our bodies function and help keep us feeling full.
  • Nut butter.
  • Flaxseeds or chia seeds.
  • Greek yogurt.
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Silken tofu.
  • Legumes (like chickpeas)
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Is it OK to drink homemade smoothies everyday? ›

Smoothies rich in fiber and protein keep you full longer, while those made with fruits and vegetables increase your daily vegetable servings. As long as you are drinking smoothies made from a variety of fruits and vegetables and low in refined sugar, there would be no problem with consuming smoothies every day.

Are smoothies healthier with milk or water? ›

Nutrition: Milk is a good source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D. If you are looking for a smoothie that is high in these nutrients, then milk is a good choice. Water, on the other hand, is lower in calories and fat. Taste: Milk can add a creamy texture and richness to smoothies.

Does Orange Julius have smoothies? ›

Whether you're in a rush or have time to sit and savor our flavors, our smoothies are a refreshing treat that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Is Orange Julius any good? ›

If you've never had it, it's a frothy vanilla and orange juice smoothie that is so delicious. I love to make this homemade Orange Julius for my children. It tastes just like my childhood memory with a nice orange creamsicle flavor.

Why do you put orange juice in smoothies? ›

Orange juice is an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and cell function.

Are smoothies from McDonald's healthy? ›

So, while McDonald's fruit smoothies definitely aren't the worst thing for you, there are definitely better alternatives with fewer additives if you're looking for a quick, healthy smoothie on the go.

Is blending fruit for a smoothie healthy? ›

New research shows that the right combination of blending fruits can give your body a nutritional boost. Smoothies can be a tasty and convenient way to get the important fruits and vegetables you need for a healthy diet.

What's the most healthiest smoothie at smoothie King? ›

What to Order at Smoothie King When You're Trying to Be Healthy
  • Slim-N-Trim Strawberry. This smoothie has 150 calories for a small (20 oz) size, and only 2.5 grams of overall fat. ...
  • Pure Recharge—Mango Strawberry. For a small, this flavor has 300 calories. ...
  • Gladiator—Strawberry, Chocolate, or Vanilla.

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