There’s nothing more tasty than a cool, refreshing drink on a hot summer day! But, most options are loaded with added sugar, like soda and most lemonades.
Just to compare, a regular sized 12 oz can of rootbeer 44 grams of added sugar (thats double what your child’s daily recommended intake should be!)
You can enjoy added sugars still, but I tell clients to be intentional when you choose to eat things higher in added sugar most of the time!
Enjoying some birthday cake what has added sugar is definitely intentional as you are making a lasting memory. If your child doesn’t drink a lot of milk or eat other dairy products and you are worried about their calcium intake this recipe is an excellent source of calcium, a good source of potassium, and contains some vitamin D!
It also only has 6 g of added sugar per serving (1 cup or 8 fl oz = 1 serving) which is more than 75% less added sugar than soda and most other sweetened beverages.
Honestly, once you try this recipe the added sugar is worth it (in my opinion). The powdered sugar makes the drink light and almost fluffy, creamy. It tastes just like the original Orange Julius from the smoothie shop with way less sugar and way more nutrients!
I rarely add sugar to smoothie recipes at breakfasts which is why I would consider this a treat over a “smoothie” but it is definitely worth enjoying with your family this summer!Print Recipe
- 6 oz Orange Juice concentrate, unsweetened, with Calcium & Vitamin D (should say 100% juice with no added sugars)
- 1 cup Cold water
- 1 cup Reduced fat milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp Powdered sugar
- 1 small Frozen ripe banana, without peel (only about 5" long)
- 1 cup ice cubes (or about 6-8 large ice cubes)
- 1 tsp orange zest
- Add liquid ingredients (milk, water, vanilla) to the blender first. Then add all other ingredients on top. Blend well until well mixed and serve immediately. Enjoy!