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Entries in orange juice concentrate (2)

9:13AM

Strawberry Orange Sorbet

Good morning foodies! I hope your Monday is starting off well. This weekend was quite the weekend for Nick and I. On Saturday he ran his first 10k. The Irish Sprint 10k was my first run to attend. I am not a runner by nature; in fact, I don’t think I will ever be a runner.

I am okay with that.

Nick did such a great job. One of the benefits of running the Irish Sprint 10k was the Golden Ticket everybody received that crossed the finish line. Wondering why the golden ticket is significant? Well, it gives you an automatic entrance into the Marine Corp Marathon.

Awesome, huh?

Needless to say, Saturday was a very long, but relaxing day {at least later in the day after the race!} I really enjoyed myself. I was able to meet a couple of Nick’s coworkers/friends. It’s always great to expand your friendship networks. Best part: Nick was the lone Army man amongst three Marines. I giggled a little when I got home.

Now I guess we wait and train for the next run, which comes up soon!

And by we, I mean Nick will train and I will encourage him. It’s a great relationship, don’t hate.

I was worried that Nick would be immobile on Sunday after his race. But, like a trooper, he got up and we met with our realtor for the first time. He took us to see a couple of properties and got to know our likes and dislikes a little bit. I felt very encouraged by his expertise and knowledge. I think this is the beginning of a great relationship. He really seems to fight for his clients, and I like that.

Because this weekend was so crazy, I did not have much time to cook {and I was not complaining about that.} Sometimes a foodie needs a break.

However, I do have a little something, which I think is really incredible. Take a look at this fabulously sweet and tart Strawberry Orange Sorbet.

Oh yes. Sorbet. Oh and it’s absolutely guilt free to eat.

Nutritional Information:
Servings: 3
Serving Size: ½ cup + handful of blueberries
Calories: 66.6
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 14.5 g
Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 1.8 g
Points+: 2

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tablespoon half and half {add another tablespoon if you want a creamier flavor}
  • 1 strawberry yogurt {I used Dannon light & fit}
  • 2 to 3 ounces orange juice concentrate
  • ¾ cup ice cubes
  • Small handful of fruit of your choice, I used blueberries 

Directions:

  • In a blender, blend the half & half, yogurt and orange juice concentrate until thoroughly mixed
  • Add the ice cubes and blend until the cubes are broken and smoothly integrated into the yogurt mixture
  • Spoon ½ cup of the mixture into ice cream bowls. Freeze for about 30 minutes
  • Remove, top with some fruit and ENJOY!

This is totally delicious, easy to make and healthy! You don’t have to worry about any special machines and it is a perfect sweet and cold treat on warm spring days!

Go ahead and give it a try. Use your favorite flavors, anything will work!

Until Next Time,

Happy Creating

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11:57AM

Orange Julius

Happy Wednesday Foodies! I’m reporting live from our office with a delicious beverage in my hand and a small Yorkshire terrier by my side. The only way life could be better than this is… um, never mind. I’ve actually thought of plenty of ways life could be better than this.

Okay, moving right along.

I anticipated doing a Wordless Wednesday segment today, but then I got this brilliant idea to make one of my all time favorite drinks – an Orange Julius. Yesterday on my Facebook page I asked everybody what their favorite frozen drinks were and plenty of you came up with some awesome ones. One of my favorite frozen drinks is an Orange Julius; it always has been. However, buying one in this town is difficult – they don’t sell them anywhere. In fact, I would have to drive about an hour north to find one.

I don’t think so.

I mean, it’s one thing to drive an hour to Ikea for some awesome stuff with a side of Swedish Meatballs, macaroni and cheese and some mashed potatoes and gravy; but an Orange Julius? Please.

Therefore, instead of blogging about my soup from last night or giving you a wordless Wednesday glimpse of my life I am going to give you one kick ass frozen drink recipe.

Nutritional Information:
Servings: 1
Calories: 240
Fat: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 46.5 g
Fiber: 0
Protein: 4 g
Points+: 6

Here is what you will need. This is for ONE serving. Plan ahead if you have others to think about.

 Recipe Adapted from Paul Mayne

  • ½ cup WHOLE milk {I hear the gasps}
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 3 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Splenda*, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract {optional}
  • Handful of ice cubes {I'd say 10}

 

*Do you notice the asterisk by the Splenda? I didn’t mess up and put that there by accident. Splenda is a funky sweetener because it is sweeter than you realize sometimes. I would start off with a few tablespoons and after you blend all of the ingredients {NOT including the ice} do a taste test. Add more as you see fit.

Okay, now on to the directions:

 

  • In a blender, combine the milk, water, orange juice, sugar and vanilla {if you’re using it}.
  • Cover and blend until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Now this is where you do a little taste test. If your mixture is not sweet enough, add more Splenda, blend and taste again! 

 

 

  • When your mixture passes the taste test, add a couple of ice cubes and blend until smooth, then add a few more and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and drink away!

 

This is such an easy and tasty recipe. It reminds me of the real thing. How wonderful it was making this! If you don’t like tasting vanilla in your Orange Julius I would omit that ingredient only because vanilla extract tends to be very potent. If you want to spice it up just a bit, I would add just a splash – nothing more.

Now it’s your turn, go make this wonderful drink and marvel in the fact that it is easy to make.

Until Next Time,

Happy Blendin’  

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