When I found what I’m calling the Healthy Orange Julius smoothie (because that is what it reminds me of, though I haven’t had one for about 15 years) on Pinterest, I knew it would be the perfect South Florida winter smoothie. It’s basic ingredients, sweet and frothy, and great after a run in the Florida sun (sorry, Northerners!).
If you follow the original recipe (I have modified mine) and just use an orange, ice, milk, honey and vanilla, it’s 150 calories. To add more protein or thickness you could add yogurt. This is thicker than most of my smoothies, but you could add more milk and less ice, though that would change the calorie count. And to mine I use almond milk (great flavor), the peel of one segment of the orange (for fiber and added flavor) and flax seeds (for omega-3 and fiber).
Healthy Orange Julius smoothie
- 1 orange
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp flax seeds
- 1/6 of the orange peel
- Put all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Continue blending another 30 seconds to make sure everything (especially ice and orange peel) is fully blended.
10k running update
A week after my 5k race, I have started looking forward to a 10k. I think I’m about 6 weeks out from one Kim and I are going to do. I’m excited, but I know I’m out of shape for it, so I need to stay focused. But honestly, I love the training process and working toward a goal. And in South Florida, this is the time of year to do that and enjoy the weather and building up tolerance. So I am looking forward to it.
I went on a 4 mile run a few days ago, the longest distance I’ve run in many months. And I really didn’t feel bad until the last quarter-mile. I’m ready for a little longer run in a few days. Kim found a training plan and I think I’m going to follow it as well (jumping about halfway in) soooo, so far, so good!
If anyone else is up for a 10k, please let me know and I’ll pass along the information. The more, the merrier.