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All three of my kiddos don’t really like heavy breakfasts– they would rather be up for a while until their tummies are ready for breakfast.  Plus, they aren’t early risers, even the little Peanut.  Thus, breakfast is something that I am frequently forcing on my kiddos.  That being said, breakfast is so important for the start to a good day!   I’m always looking for ways to make their day start off right with a Better Breakfast, so I came up with an Orange Julius Breakfast drink. It’s reminiscent of the true Orange Julius, but includes Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, greek yogurt and nonfat milk.  This makes it have fewer calories, more protein, less sugar and overall it’s more nutritious than the original Orange Julius.  (BTW, I was really curious why the drink was called Orange Julius, but learned a lot behind it.)

My Mom Made That: Orange Julius Breakfast Drink {Post sponsored by Carnation Instant Breakfast}


Mellow Man has always loved Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, in any flavor– I think for the same reason, as the kids.  He’s always on the run in the morning, and looking for ways to create a more nutritious and better breakfast, even when you are short on time.  If you have a family who is crazy about Carnation Breakfast, you can pick up Carnation Breakfast Essentials® 30-Pack of Powder Drink Mix in Chocolate or Vanilla at your local Sam’s Club.

My Mom Made That: Orange Julius Breakfast Drink {Post sponsored by Carnation Instant Breakfast}

Ingredients

Recipe makes 2 servings.

  • 2 Tbsp Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1 1/4 Cups Crushed Ice
  • 1 Cup Nonfat Milk
  • 8 Tbsp Nonfat, Low Calorie Vanilla Greek Yogurt  (The kind that is around 100 calories a serving, with 7g of Sugar.)
  • 1 Package of Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, French Vanilla Flavor

My Mom Made That: Orange Julius Breakfast Drink {Post sponsored by Carnation Instant Breakfast}

The best part of this recipe is how quick and easy it is to make, definitely making you have a better breakfast!  All you need is a tablespoon, a measuring cup, a blender, and your ingredients.  You gather your ingredients and add them all to the blender and then blend.

My Mom Made That: Orange Julius Breakfast Drink {Post sponsored by Carnation Instant Breakfast}

The final recipe has 208 Calories, 12g of Protein and 30g of Sugar.  If you’d liked a variant of the recipe with less sugar or even more protein, you can do two things– 1) Include Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (this will lower your sugar and up your protein!); 2) Substitute the ice and frozen orange juice concentrate with 8 ounces of frozen low sugar orange juice (this will lower your sugar).  However, this recipe ends up tasting just like an original Orange Julius.

My Mom Made That: Orange Julius Breakfast Drink {Post sponsored by Carnation Instant Breakfast}

Well, almost– Mellow Man says that it’s just like the Orange Julius without being so sweet.  I asked him if he liked it, and he said that it was just like the drink of his childhood, but didn’t feel so sugary.  The overall flavor is exactly the same.  And let’s be honest, that’s what I was going for– a more nutritious breakfast drink!

My Mom Made That: Orange Julius Breakfast Drink {Post sponsored by Carnation Instant Breakfast}

Right now, Carnation Breakfast Essentials® is encouraging families to participate in the 7-Day Breakfast Challenge and enjoy a nutritious breakfast every day for 7 days. Complete simple breakfast missions through the end of February for chances to win prizes!

Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com.
  2. Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes will be revealed every day!
  3. Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
  4. Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.

How do you like your Carnation Breakfast Essentials, and what’s your favorite flavor?  What can you do to make sure that you and your family have a #BetterBreakfast?