Friday, March 7, 2014

Fitness Friday: Dairy Free Smoothies

We are big smoothie drinkers around here and now that we are back to trying to watch the dairy intake of some of our kids due to some intolerance, I had to get creative in this department.

I am not a fan of bananas.  I like them, but sometimes the texture really bothers me, so adding them to a smoothie does not work.  This is a great alternative when making a smoothie without milk.  Without milk and/or yogurt, smoothies can be very bland and far more icy then creamy.

Recently however, I tried making our smoothies with canned cocnut milk and this really made such a difference!  So here is the cast of our smoothie recipe:

  • 1 can coconut milk (unsweetened and full fat)
  • Almond Milk
  • Frozen Fruit of your choice
  • Agave or other sweetener

Pretty simple huh?

Here is what you do!  Fill the blender about 3/4 full of frozen fruit.  If you are particularly sneaky and want to feed your kids a green smoothie you can packed some washed spinach down at the bottom then put in the fruit.  Shake up your coconut milk, open (of course), and then add to the blender.  Get all the good creamy stuff in there.  Then fill the rest of the way up till you have almost covered the fruit.  Like this:

Add enough sweetener to your taste. You can always add more after you have blended it thoroughly!  Oh, and yeah, blend thoroughly!  Big lumps aren't fun.

Another thing is if you follow this exact recipe and do it in a food processor your smoothie will come out like ice cream!  My kids (ok, all of us) LOVE it this way.  But our processor broke recently... sniffle.

These smoothies are great for snacks or with breakfast.  And of course you can always make it the exact same way with milk and yogurt instead of the coconut and almond milk.

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