Fresh-Squeezed Bliss

Our backyard orange tree is dripping with golden navels, hanging low on the tree and perfectly ripe for picking. Up higher and out of reach, a smaller variety of wild oranges are beginning to come into their own. I believe the best way to enjoy the navels is to devour them just as they are - the whole fruit - letting the sticky-sweet juice run down your chin and arms. It's unavoidable, really. A neater, and equally yummy way, to consume these fresh orbs of sunshine is to squeeze them into a tall pitcher of delicious, golden juice.

And if it's a special occasion - like a perfectly sunny Florida winter day - give that juice a whirl in the blender with a little ice and vanilla sugar for a frothy and fun Orange Julius. Sipped from a straw, outdoors. Orange bliss.  

Fresh-Squeezed Orange Julius
A traditional Orange Julius uses raw egg yolks... we skip that and add a little protein powder for  creaminess. You could also add a fresh or frozen banana to this recipe to thicken it up!

1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 or 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
1 teaspoon local honey or vanilla flavored sugar (optional)
1 or 2 handfuls of ice

Blend everything in a blender and enjoy. Add more ice to your taste.

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