My first experience with the Cuties oranges came after I arrived home starving from the gym one night, at which point I decided to eat one instead of grabbing something less healthy. The little Cutie orange unpeeled in like 2 seconds, had no seeds, and it was so sweet and so good that I ended up having two! They really are a perfect quick snack for satisfying a sweet craving!
Intrigued by the natural sweetness of the little oranges, I decided to see if I could create a low calorie orange julius-like drink using them (I loved orange julius growing up!). The smoothie turned out *totally* delicious, I think in large part to the delicious sweet taste of the Cuties oranges.
Here is the recipe for my low calorie "Orange Julius" Smoothie--
Ingredients (serves two):
- Two cuties oranges
- One cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- One medium frozen banana (see my post on frozen bananas for instructions on how to freeze them)
- One teaspoon of vanilla
- Peel the oranges, split into a few pieces, and place in your blender
- Pour a cup of almond breeze into the blender
- Place both halves of the frozen banana into blender
- Add teaspoon of vanilla
- Blend on high, and then split into 2 servings
Because the cutie oranges are so sweet, you don't need to add any sweetener to the smoothie. Each delicious serving comes out to approximately 112 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber (so just 2 weight watchers points).
In terms of nutritional information for the Cuties oranges, each one is 40 calories, with 2 grams of fiber, and 145% of the daily RDA of Vitamin C (as well as large percentages of other Vitamins like B6, Folate, Niacin, and Thiamin). So, one Cuties orange is 0 weight watchers points.
One other thing...
The kind people at Cuties have offered to give away a handful of five pound bags to the wonderful readers of Yummy Diet Food. Just leave a comment by 8:00PM PST on 2/24, and you will be eligible to win a bag (I'll choose randomly)! :)