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Skinny Orange Julius – Just Like at the Mall

Here’s my skinny version of a mall favorite,“Orange Julius.”  I figured out the two secret ingredients in the Orange Julius, vanilla extract and milk!  The vanilla softens the hard, acidic edge of the juice and produces a unique flavor, which is fruity and creamy. The milk further softens the blend.  I’ve made it skinny by using light vanilla soy milk or almond milk and a little sugar substitute. You could also make it with reduced-fat or fat-free milk, if you prefer. This skinny recipe has about half the calories, only one third the sugar of a regular Orange Julius and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUSThis is a refreshing smoothie for anyone who’s lactose intolerant but everybody is going to love this.  So give it a whirl, grab a straw and start skinny sipping!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes


⅔ cup orange juice

⅓ cup light vanilla soy milk (I like Silk Light Vanilla Soy milk) light vanilla almond milk, reduced-fat or fat-free milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 packages Stevia, Splenda, Equal or any sugar substitute or regular sugar, to taste

1½ cups ice cubes


1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.

2. Blend on high for about 1 minute or until the ice is crushed and the smoothie becomes frothy.

Makes 1 smoothie

Food Fact

The Orange Julius was first introduced in 1926 at a food stand in Los Angeles, owned by Julius Freed.  It was the official drink of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Soy milk is a drink made from soybeans.  It’s produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water.

Healthy Benefit

Orange juice is loaded with vitamin C.  One 8 ounce glass supplies 100% of the daily value for vitamin C.
Soy milk contains about the same proportion of protein as milk.  It’s a good source of lecithin and vitamin E.


Substitution Tip

This smoothie also works great with fat-free or reduced-fat milk although I was pleasantly surprised by how great the vanilla soy milk or vanilla almond milk taste in this smoothie.

Weight Watchers 
(old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Skinny Orange Julius
130 calories, 1g fat, 3g protein, 24g carbs, 1g fiber, 34mg sodium, 19g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 1 regular Orange Julius
270 calories, 1g fat, 1g protein, 68g carbs, 1g fiber, 10mg sodium, 62g sugar

Find more delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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