if you are a child of the 70's like me you most likely grew up with the creamy, sweet deliciousness of an 'orange julius' from 'dairy queen'. with that taste in mind I have recreated a healthy dairy-free green version.....and it's ohhh soooo good!
'orange julius goes green'
* 4 cups fresh spinach leaves
* juice of 4 oranges OR 3 whole seedless oranges (I used organic cara cara)
* 2 frozen bananas
* 1-3 dates (pitted) (ONLY ADD IF more sweetness is desired... lately I find I don't need it)
* 3 Tbs. hemp seed
* 1.5 cups almond mylk (homemade is best)
* 1.5 cups coconut water OR 1 young thai coconut (meat and water)
* paste of 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
* sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg
blend until smooth. makes about 42 oz. pour into glass jars and drink now or store in fridge till later
spinach- nutrient rich and high in antioxidants. good source of vitamin a, k, b-1 and 6, iron, folate, calcium, magnesium and fiber. alkalizes the body, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol , aids in digestion, improves vision, increases brain function. an excellent option for the ‘green’ in green smoothies as it blends up smooth and quick in the less high powered blenders.
orange- excellent source of vitamin c which supports a healthy immune system, also a good source of vitamin a, potassium and fiber. contains flavonoids like hesperidin which reduces cholesterol and prevents arteries from getting blocked. supports healthy eyes, skin and brain development.
banana- high levels of potassium, magnesium, b-vitamins, antioxidants, helps to stabilize blood sugar, increases calcium absorption, high in fiber, soothes the digestive tract, stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel, produces stress-relieving relaxation, contains high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin -- the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter, strengthens blood and relieves anemia with the added iron.
date- a excellent whole food sweetener for live food treats and smoothies. good source of potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium, and iron. full of fiber, relieves constipation, boosts energy, supports a healthy nervous system, strengthens tooth enamel, treats anemia, improves eyesight, lowers cholesterol.
hemp seed- high in easily digestible protein (1 Tbs. hemp seed = 5 grams of protein), contains all 9 essential amino acids, potassium, fiber, iron and vit. A as well as essential oils including linoleic acid from the omega-6 family and alpha-linolenic acid from omega-3. rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin and organs.
almond- high in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin help to alkalize the body, help provide good brain function, nourish the nervous system, build strong bones and teeth, reduce heart attack risk.