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).

 

Ingredients:

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_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:

  • Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
  • Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
  • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
  • Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme,  there's a good chance you are in the right place.If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.

There are no coincidences.  All good things come from God.