By Lindsay Hunt | May 16, 2011

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

My Dad recently divulged a scandalous part of his history. In a household that values eating well, healthily, and with all things in moderation, I found out a sugar-laden truth from his teen years. When my Dad was in high-school, my Grandpa would wake him up every day with what he called an orange julius.

This orange julius was made of two ingredients: one, a scoop of ice cream, topped with the second ingredient, orange juice.

This was a jaw-dropping revelation for me. Liquid sugar poured on top of more sugar, and for breakfast! I love both these ingredients, but they’re certainly not suited for morning meals. Although, despite my shock, I couldn’t deny my intrigue. It seemed like a beginning of day treat in the vein of one of my favorites, a Root Beer Float.

I created this healthy, filling version of my Grandpa’s Morning Orange Smoothie that is just as tasty, and gives you all that you need to start your day.

Dedicated to my Grandpa Kelly Hunt

Grandpa’s Morning Orange Smoothie Recipe

Servings: 1


  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, or 1/2 cup lowfat regular yogurt
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup ice
Optional Flavorings
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt


Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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