This is like an Orange Julius, which used to be in malls across America. Back before I married, when my sister-in-law was just my girlfriend, and my husband was just her big brother off in the Army, she and I would go to the mall, order Orange Juliuses and drink them while we people watched. We considered ourselves very cosmopolitan and vogue while we drank our drinks and contemplated the state of the universe. Who could have suspected that a short 5 years later we would be related and her big brother would be my husband?
I remember watching the employees crack an egg into the blender when they prepared the drinks. Back then, we weren’t concerned about salmonella from raw eggs. Now people worry about it a lot.
For this recipe, and for my family, I consider the raw egg safe to drink. Salmonella, the sneaky critter in raw eggs that some folks are all panicked about, cannot live in an acidic environment. This beverage is high in acid content because of the orange juice. Salmonella cannot live in it. Go back to your 8th grade Home Economics teacher and ask her. She’ll set you straight about salmonella and acid. If you are in doubt of your egg or have compromised immunity, such as from diabetes or HIV you may prefer to omit the egg entirely or replace it with 1/4-cup of refrigerated egg substitute which is pasteurized, and thus salmonella-free. It still tastes good without the egg.
3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (about half of a 12 ounce can)
2 cups vanilla or plain soymilk or other milk as desired
1 egg (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
2 tablespoons honey or 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
12 ice cubes
a strong blender
In a blender container, combine the orange juice concentrate, soymilk, egg, vanilla and honey or sugar. Put the lid on the blender and buzz it at top speed for about 30 seconds. While the blender is running, drop in the ice cubes one at a time. Continue processing until the ice is well chopped.
This recipe fills my blender to capacity. If your blender starts to get too full, then you don’t have to add all of the ice cubes, just add as many as will fit. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
I freeze leftovers in a popsicle mold. They taste like an orange dream bar. Refreshing and nutritious on a hot summer day.
Note: If you use vanilla soymilk you may omit the vanilla extract and any extra honey or sugar.
Makes 6 small servings: 3/4-cup each.
Assuming 6 servings; Prepared with plain soymilk, egg and 2-tablespoons honey
Per Serving: 108 Calories; 2g Fat (19.7% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 18g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 35mg Cholesterol; 24mg Sodium.
Calories by Percentage: 20% Fat; 66% Carbohydrate; 14% Protein.
Exchanges: 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.