Creamy “Orange Julius” Smoothie


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As a kid, I remember going to Orange Julius at the mall, and getting one of their flagship smoothies.  It’s been 40 years or so but my guess is that they were based in dairy.

So here’s a simple little creation for you that is AMAZING and is dairy free (as well as gluten & soy free).

I’ve made it a personal goal lately to eat more raw foods.  I juice and do smoothies in the AM…..and then move into cooked foods mid-afternoon or dinner time.

Benefits of a raw diet are that:

  • Raw (plant) foods contain enzymes that help us digest our food.  Stress is the #1 killer of hydrochloric acid and I’ve no doubt that I could work on this personally.  In the meantime, eating raw plant foods has enormous health benefits.
  • Most fruits & veggies are low in fat and calories and digest easily, so they allow the liver to do a little internal housecleaning (detoxification, or biotransformation if you want to get technical).



Load all ingredients into a high powered blender.  Start on a low speed to avoid a lid blast-off, and slowly increase speed until your drink is smooth and creamy.

  • 1.5 frozen banana’s (I peel them and then freeze them for easy use!)
  • 1/2 cup water (or coconut water if you have adrenal fatigue and can’t hang on to your electrolytes)
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into quarters (just so they break down into liquid quicker)
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

This dairy-free, raw smoothie is a life-saver for me most afternoons lately.  It’s super easy and makes enough that Johny and I split it and it tides us over until we can get dinner ready.

I *highly* recommend giving it a whirl (ha!)



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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

Tracy helps people with chronic & mystery illness restore their health