Find it hard to believe there is a whole month dedicated to celebrating the strawberry? Guess again! The month of May is actually National Strawberry Month and here in the Orange Julius® system, we never miss out on an opportunity to celebrate. On May 1, we are launching a new limited-time flavor blended fresh with pineapple, orange juice and . . . . strawberries. The Pineapple Berry Daylight™ is a Light Smoothie that is sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener and contains only 210 calories in a 20 oz.
Not a strawberry fan? No worries, there are plenty of other things for you to celebrate in May. How about National Salad Month, National Good Car Keeping Month or if you’re feeling a bit greedy, National Mine Month (actually I think my two year old celebrates this one all year around)! True story, these are all on a list of “National Events and Months” that even includes National Toilet Tank Repair Month in October.
If you’re ever looking for a reason to celebrate, you can check out the full list of national months and events here. Until then you can be looking forward to June when it’s National Candy Month, a perfect excuse to try one (or more) flavors on the Candy Cravers Blizzard® menu.
Tis’ the season for New Year’s resolutions! This year I’ve committed, along with millions of other Americans, to shed some pounds and become a healthier person. The odds are against me — statistics show that only 64% of people make it past the one-month marker. In addition, I work at the DQ® corporate headquarters. I mean, who can pass up the chance to try new eats and treats? It wasn’t until I recently became more calorie conscious that I realized the DQ and Orange Julius® menus offer lots of tasty options that won’t throw my New Year’s resolution off track.
The Sweet Deals value menu is a good place to start. The Grilled Chicken Wrap has only 200 calories. I can pair that with a Side Salad with fat-free Italian dressing and have a filling lunch for less than 300 calories. On days when I want to spice things up a little, the FlameThrower® Grilled Chicken Wrap has only 10 additional calories. If I need a treat, I can add a small Strawberry Sundae at only 260 calories. There are lots of ways to mix and match for a satisfying, complete meal.
Outside of the Sweet Deals menu, a Grilled Chicken Salad with fat-free ranch dressing and a small vanilla cone ends up at 495 calories. The DQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich has 370 calories. Hold the mayo and it’s only 260. And while I’m not really a fan of most fast-food grilled chicken sandwiches (so many of them are rubbery or dry or just plain weird), the DQ version is very good. (No, really.)
I love the new Orange Julius Light Smoothies. Each 20 oz. size is 250 calories or less, and they are delicious! My personal favorite is the Berry-Pom Twilight™. If I’m in need of a thirst quencher, an Original Orange Julius Fruit Drink has only 130 calories in a small size.
I was very happy to learn that one of my all-time favorite DQ treats, the DQ sandwich, has only 190 calories. Other lighter treat options include the Cherry StarKiss® bar at 80 calories, and the No Sugar-Added Fudge Bars, which are only 50 calories each (but they taste like they have a lot more). If I have my heart set on a Blizzard Treat, the fruit-based flavors (such as the Banana Split or the Hawaiian) are the lowest-calorie options. The very lowest calorie Blizzard Treat is the small pineapple (DQ soft serve blended with pineapple topping), coming in at just 300 calories.
For more information and detailed nutritional data, you can check out the DQ nutrition calculator or visit orangejulius.com.
In an earlier post – Orange Julius® Light Smoothie Launch Party – We talked about the new Orange Julius Light Smoothie line. Here’s a quick recap: Orange Julius is part of International Dairy Queen. Orange Julius just launched a new platform of Light Smoothies. Each of the three new flavors (Strawberry Delight , Berry-Pom Twilight or Tropical Sunlight) contains 1/3 less calories than regular Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothies – that’s 250 calories or less in a 20-ounce size.
To celebrate this new line of smoothies, Orange Julius is honoring their customers with a special event on Friday, June 19 – Free Light Smoothie Day!
So download your Free Light Smoothie Day coupon today at OrangeJulius.com, stop by your local Orange Julius location and receive your FREE Light Smoothie on June 19!
Free Light Smoothie Coupon (This is a PDF)
Orange Julius Store Locator
Also, follow us on Twitter as we will be sharing pictures and updates through out the day!
As I walked into the Dairy Queen® corporate headquarters this morning, I got a warm welcome from our Orange Julius® team (by the way, did you know Dairy Queen owns Orange Julius?) handing out samples of the new Orange Julius Light Smoothies, which contain 1/3 less calories than regular smoothies and come in three flavors–Strawberry Delight™, Berry-Pom Twilight™, and Tropical Sunlight™. Only 250 calories in a 20 oz. size!
The lobby of our corporate headquarters had been transformed… there were decorations, music playing, and free samples of course! I also scored an orange hula hoop, so now I can take on the world to practice my hula hoop skills before summer is here. The goal of the event was to raise awareness about our new Orange Julius Light Smoothies, and that doing the little things can be good for your health – including drinking a Light Smoothie
So as I was in the elevator, I thought to myself, I must share this with our readers on the Dairy Queen blog, Facebook and Twitter! I just included a new link to Orange Julius.com (under DQ® links), where you can sign up for the OJ Quench Club®, check out what’s going on at Orange Julius locations, and find a store near you. After enjoying my free smoothie, I launched the new Orange Julius site, where they have a $1 off coupon for the new Light Smoothies.
After that, I went back down to the lobby for seconds on the free smoothie and took a few pics:
Berry-Pom Twilight Sample
Self Portrait – About to enjoy the free sample!
Signing up for prizes and checking out the new Orange Julius site.
Hula Hooping Fun! (I did try this but was smart enough to hide the camera…)