Whole Fruit Orange Julius + Exciting News!

Whole Fruit Orange Julius CopycatIt’s been quiet here on Vitamin Sunshine the past few months. . . and there’s a good reason for it. A wonderful reason for it, actually.

Alex and I are having a baby! We found out the day before we flew to the States for Christmas. I couldn’t help but share the news with my mom, but we kept the news quiet as we made it through the first trimester.

Baby Boy Yard

Now, we are half way through the 2nd trimester. We recently found out we are having a boy, which necessitated a new Pinterest board. Alex has sailed since he was a teenager– he sailed other people’s yachts around the world in his 20s, and then later bought his own sailboat. A nautical nursery was a must– and Pinterest helped me realize, a pirate theme makes it much more kid-friendly and fun! A lot of these ideas I’ll be making at home, so I’ll keep you updated with progress on the nursery as it comes together. Thank goodness for summer vacation and 2 months off work before he makes his arrival in August!

Follow Michelle Miller’s board Nautical Nursery on Pinterest.

I wish I could say being pregnant has prompted me to stick to a 100% clean diet, and I’ve been feeding this baby only fresh salads and protein and veggie rich dinners. Unfortunately, morning sickness was much tougher than I imagined. Pregnancy hormones are strong! The first 13 weeks for me were survival mode– eat whatever I could look at without wanting to run to the bathroom.

Orange Julius Smoothie

Which meant, a lot of my diet wasn’t exactly “food-blog worthy.” I struggled to cook anything. Even as I got through most of the nausea and was regaining my energy, I would cook one night, think it was pretty good, and then think it was terrible the next day– I am sure there was nothing wrong with my cooking, but I decided if a food blogger was preferring canned tomato soup to her creations, it’s best she hold off from posting recipes!

One thing that helped me get through it was smoothies– like this Whole Fruit Orange Julius– and lots of fresh watermelon, grapefruit, and mangoes.

Finally, after years of wanting one, I bought a Vitamix, and couldn’t be more thrilled with it. Perfect timing with the pregnancy– which heats up your body temperature. I have been making 2 smoothies or whole fruit granitas every day, and love how quickly and finely the Vita blends the ice.

I’ve thrown oranges into smoothies before (check the link for a green version!), but there have been mornings when I’ve just wanted sweet fruit, and these have been fitting the bill perfectly. Hydrating, sweet, a tad creamy, and packed with the protein and fiber my body needs right now.

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Whole Fruit Orange Julius + Exciting News!
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An icy cold, creamy concoction that will have you forgetting that store in the mall. I prefer it less sweet, so I usually make it with almond milk or water. Orange juice amps up the sweetness, if you prefer. If you like your smoothies really sweet, add a tad of sweetener.
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • ¼ cup almond milk or orange juice
  • 10 large ice cubes
  • 10 gram scoop of plain whey protein (or vanilla)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • stevia, honey, or other preferred sweetener, to taste (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until ice is smooth and drink is thick.
  2. Makes 2 small or 1 extra large drink.

Whole Fruit Orange Julius


  1. says

    So happy for you, Michelle! And so glad things have settled down a little. This creation is exactly what I needed right now because I’m so ready for a change up. I’ve skipped my protein shake for almost a week now because I couldn’t bear to drink the same old thing, lol.
    So much excitement and fun in your future and how wonderful that you’ll be off just before your delivery date!
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  2. says

    Congratulations Michelle! I am so excited for you! I remember how difficult it was during pregnancy and there is no way that I could have a food blog…I am glad things are starting to stay down and great for you and the vitmaix. Orange Julius are so retro and perfectly refreshing for this humid and warm weather. Take care of yourself little mama! Virtual hug coming your way. Sharing everywhere, of course!
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