I turn to Frozen Moringa Orange Julius when I am looking for an afternoon recharge or have a headache. If I’m a little dehydrated, this tropical slushie always does the trick. It’s made with wholefoods known for antioxidants, electrolytes, minerals, and more. But the most compelling evidence it’s chock full of everything good, is the energy boost I feel after drinking it. My body seems to shout one big yes when I am sipping it. Well, perhaps I should say more accurately, slurping spoonfuls of it.
Unlike gloppy smoothies, which you can probably tell I am not a fan of, this frozen pick-me-up has a refreshing, light and creamy, icy consistency. It’s just substantial enough to scoop with a spoon. But after that, the sweet fruit, moringa and crushed ice melts on the tongue. It’s an excellent thirst quencher.
I named it Moringa Orange Julius because the fresh-squeezed orange juice and dash of vanilla give it a flavor that reminds me of the iconic drink so popular in the 70s and 80s. Unlike the old Orange Julius, it’s dairy-free, sugar-free, and of course, has no artificial additives. Further, it’s amazing how such a hefty addition of nutritious moringa leaf blends right in with the orange juice’s zesty flavor.
It just happens to be the middle of a hot afternoon as I am typing up this post. I can honestly say my mouth is watering, and I am contemplating a pause in writing. Recollecting how much I enjoy this cold beverage is posing to be a challenge. Dare I take a break from typing? Now I am wondering if I have some fresh moringa leaf in the refrigerator…..
Which leads me to the high probability that you may not have this superfood sitting in your fridge. By all means, do everything you can to procure it. In the meantime, don’t worry. You can substitute very mild baby spinach for the moringa leaves. Your frozen drink won’t have the same superfood power or taste quite as lovely. But the upside is, spinach helps a sluggish digestive system like moringa does. That should give you enough energy to plan out how to grab yourself some fresh moringa leaves.
Frozen Moringa Orange Julius
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup cubed fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup sliced banana
- 2 tsp. calamansi lime or lemon juice
- 3/4 cup fresh moringa leaves*, removed from stems
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 TB honey
- 2 – 2 1/2 cups crushed ice
- 6 drops liquid stevia, optional
- Place everything in a high powered blender and blend until smooth and icy.