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Monday, February 23, 2009

Cuties Oranges & A Low Calorie Orange Julius Like Drink

cuties orangesThe fabulous people at Cuties were kind enough to send me a five pound bag of their very adorable little mandarin oranges to try. In case you've never had one (I hadn't), a Cutie is a type of orange called a clementine that is a cross between a sweet orange and a Chinese mandarin.

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

Instructions:
- 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...

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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)! :)

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Enjoy!
Juliet


70 comments:

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

yeah~~~ count in me!! love these cuties! :D

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, refreshing!!

Simple and Divine said...

Yum Yum Yum! These look gorgeously yummy <333 'thanks girl!

Beanie said...

Can't wait to try this recipe!!! And those cuties are so cute ;)

Melissa said...

Sounds great to me! As an avid fruit consumer, I'm always open to new and healthy options. The Cutiest sound like the perfect snack; low calorie, healthy and tasty!

Nicole (Sweetie Pie) said...

That recipe sounds awesome, and I would love to win a bag of my very own cuties. Woo hoo!

Maggie said...

I love these! They are so refreshing.

Alex said...

Great review and it would be great to have those everyday.

Emily said...

I LOVE easy-to-peel things. Oranges are yummy, but I get so frustrated sometimes when they don't peel right. I have been known to chuck a whole, half-peeled one in the garbage. lol

Hope I win one! :D

KSBL said...

I would love to try these!

I LOVE anything citrus and have never heard of these lovely cuties.

Thx for introducing me to them!

Karla said...

Ooh, I've never tried them...but I'd love too! Your drink sounds delish :)

Christina said...

I am new here and really enjoying your blog. I love the Cuties, and they're very kid friendly too!

lauren said...

great smoothie recipe...I would love to get some cuties!

Sara said...

these look great, and i love the name!

Suzanne said...

Grad students always appreciate free and healthy food- count me in! :)

Jackie W. said...

These look great, I'd love to win! : )

Christopher said...

LOVE these things. Definitely taste a whole lot better than most oranges.

Ashley said...

I love the cuties- a free bag would be nice! Good recipe too!

Whitvia said...

How sweet of you to offer such a cute prize.

thecaninemutiny said...

Count me in!

Jas said...

Me too!! I love these and like you said perfect for stemming off a sugar craving.

meghan said...

love em!

Christie said...

I love those things- they are perfect!!

Michelle said...

I love Orange Julius!! Thanks for the recipe!

carrie.williams20 said...

Mmm... I'll have to try that recipe!!

A said...

Great recipe-thanks!

melissa said...

I've seen them in the store and have always wanted to try them. Thanks for the review!

Marina said...

lovee the cutiesss :)

3 Sons said...

Those sound wonderful!

Cara said...

Oh my darlin', oh my darlin', oh my darlin' clementine......OK I'll stop there. Anyway, clementines are great and this recipe looks awesome! I'm new here - love the site and the added bonus of calculated WW points.

Redmex said...

Another wonderful must try. Thank you! M.

Tessy B said...

sounds yummy...I too loved Orange Julius growing up, always a special treat when we went to the mall! I love the idea of the Cuties being seedless!

FitAndSassy said...

Oooh, that recipe is right up my alley as I usually have all those ingredients to hand. Thanks!

natosha said...

so great

theskinnyplate said...

Cuties are so adorable. I will miss them when they are gone from the grocery stores.

Lindsemt said...

Yum!!! Can't wait to try them!!! :)

blueskyworld said...

mmm yummy!

Anonymous said...

That sounds delicious, can't wait to try it.

Anita said...

Yummy, can't wait to try!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen almond milk in my grocery store, If you can't find almond milk what else can you use ?? can you use 1% milk I have never tried the cuties but will buy them on my next trip to the store.

Amber said...

I am sort of new to this site and LOVE everything I see!!! Keep the great ideas coming!!!

Angelgirl said...

Love your website! I just started getting your super advice! Thanks, and yes these baby oranges are to die for!

Suzanne said...

I love cuties and I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks!

Katie said...

These sound delicious!

Danica said...

Oooh! I would love to try these :)

Renee said...

These cuties sound too good to be true. I can't wait to try one.

Lisa said...

i want to try these. they sound de-LISH! :o)

Tiffany said...

We love cuties! They've been a family-friendly snack for us for awhile. I can easily pop a cutie (or two!) into my 5 year old's lunch knowing he can have a yummy snack that he can peel himself and not worry about seeds. I can't believe I never thought about making a smoothie with them before! :-)

frozenyogurt3@hotmail.com said...

YEAH! This will totally remind me of growing up in Columbia, SC. My mom would always buy us a Orange Julius after having pictures taken with Santa or the Easter Bunny at the old Richland Mall or Dutch Square in the Capital City. I think I'll send my mom this recipe too as well as my brother to relive our childhood! Thanks YUMMY!

Aaron said...

I would love a bag of cuties! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

Anastasy said...

Thanks for the great recipe. Can't wait to try it for my own little "cuties" at home :)

aj said...

They are my favorite.... Taste great and lots of fiber!

Vicki said...

I have been enjoying yu posts so much the last few weeks since I discovered you that I forwarded your site to my daughters. I appreciate the work you put forth in giving new recipes and products and especially the WW Pt. values of the foods. I have lost nearly 40 lbs. and am on a quest to maintain and find new, filling, and fun things and new recipes to eat. I about could start my own site. But, will add some of my findings to your lists, since I find you have done such a thorough job already.
I would very much appreciate being on the list to recieve the Cuties Oranges coupon.
Thanks and continue your good work. It is a joy for me to read.

Anonymous said...

I have never tried these, they are probably better than oranges (they look more sweet)

NW girl said...

I am new to WW and the weight loss journey. I'm thankful for your great tips. I can't wait to try the smoothie!

Allison said...

They are delish! They are sweet and seedless! They are portable! They smell refreshing! They are pretty in a bowl while they await snarfing! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM!

ttfn300 said...

i LOVE orange julius'!!!

Juliet said...

Anonymous: yes you can use 1% milk instead of almond milk -- just make sure you recalculate the calories.

Stephanie said...

This would be a terrific after school snack for my six kids! Thank you!!!

Stephanie said...

This would be a terrific after school snack for my six kids! Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

I am on my way to buy the other ingrediants to make the Orange Julius. I have been a fan of cuties for quite sometime now and really like them. I reserve the term 'love' for members of my family and Diety.

Moby Jr said...

Great snacks I ahve been eating them for sometime now and it would be difficult to go back to regualr oranges.
I will try the Orange Julius as soon as I get the other Ingredients.

Kelli said...

I too LOVE the Orange Julius. It was so nice to see them arrive back at our local mall. I used to get the Julius and a pretzel way back when they were around. I can't wait to try the at home recipe here. (Have to get the Cuties first though)!

Tracy said...

Love them.....

sunnerstar1 said...

I agree these little cuties are amazingly satisfying :)

momkimba@hotmail.com said...

CUITES are the best! Costco recently STOPPED carrying them, so we drove all over the Reno/Sparks NV area looking for just one grocery chain who still has them...Luckily we found them!! I bought 4 bags!!

horselovefanatic@yahoo.com said...

wow, i tried you drink and i loved it! i wonder if it makes a big deal to substitute the almond stuff for 1% milk, that's all we had. Luckily, my whole family loved it and we made it 3 nights in a row! thank you, thank you for this delish recipe! mmmm...

i will have to start reading your blogs! i just stumbled upon this searching for the calories in one of these oranges. thanks for the extra info on these!! they are so sweet and refreshing!

aallen66 said...

Count me in - I love cuties!

Anonymous said...

I don't agree that the Cutie Pie orange is also called a Clementine. I buy Clementines all the time and they are easy to peel and taste great. I bought a crate of Cutie Pie Oranges for the first time because they were on sale at Krogers. What a dissappointment. I have gone through almost the entire box and have only found 4 good ones that were good enough to eat. They had extremely thick rinds and were very hard to peel. I think whatever dye was used for coloring was way too much because it seeped clear through to the meat of the orange. Maybe that is what ruined them. I will never buy Cutie Pie Oranges again. I will stick to Clementines.

Samantha said...

MMMMMM A CUTIE FOR A CUTIE

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