Strawberry Colada Smoothie

Sweet, Creamy, and Delicious!

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If you love coconut like I do…you must try this smoothie! I picked up a big bunch of strawberries at a local stand over the weekend and came up with this smoothie to use some of them up. It was a hit with my boys, and I’m sure you will love it too.

IMG_1893I used coconut milk from a can for this smoothie. You can find it in the Asian foods section of any grocery store. It is rich and creamy and gives the smoothie great flavor. Before you open a can of coconut milk, shake it well to combine the cream and milk together. You still may see a thick layer of coconut cream on the top of the can…that is the best part!  Make sure you get a little of that thick coconut cream in your smoothie when you measure it out. It’s rich, so all you need is a little.

If you have fresh, sweet, & juicy strawberries like I did, great! If not, frozen ones work just as well, maybe even better because you get a frostier, thicker smoothie.IMG_1897If you are watching your sugar, you can cut back by skipping the honey and using unsweetened shredded coconut. If you want to turn this into more of a sweet treat, double or triple the honey to sweeten up the tart yogurt. I’m thinking one of these days I will try subbing some light rum for the milk and turn it into a grown up treat!

Strawberry Colada Smoothie          

Click here for a printable version of the recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup of plain greek low fat yogurt, OR you can use 1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt and omit the honey and vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk (with the cream mixed in)
  • 2 tablespoons of sweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 fresh or frozen strawberries (more if they are small)
  • 4-5 chunks of frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup of milk or almond milk
Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. If using fresh strawberries, add 3 or 4 ice cubes. Blend well until smooth and creamy.
 

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Creamy Cutie Smoothies (Two Versions!)

Good Morning, Sunshine!

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OK, so it wasn’t really sunny this morning. It was pretty much overcast and gloomy.  But…this smoothie tasted just like sunshine! That is if sunshine tasted like a creamsicle :).

I seem to keep buying cuties (those yummy, sweet, small tangerines) every time I go to the market. I just love the way a bowl of cuties brightens up my kitchen. I also love to snack on them and so does my family. Unfortunately, we don’t always get through them all before they start to go bad. So…what do you do when you have too many cuties? Make a cutie smoothie, of course!

IMG_1328These smoothies were sooooo good! They reminded me of the Orange Julius you would get in the mall, only way better (and healthier). I made 2 versions of this smoothie, and decided to post both so you could pick the one you think you would like best. The one pictured is my fave and it’s the vegan (no dairy) version that was made with my home made almond milk. It was still creamy and delicious and both my 9 year old and I loved it.  The one I made for my 6 year old did have dairy. Which ever one you try…I hope your family loves it as much as we did!

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Ingredients for one smoothie:

  • 3 small seedless tangerines, peeled
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. YUM!

Cutie Smoothie (Dairy Version)

Ingredients for one smoothie:

  • 3 small seedless tangerines, peeled
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy.

You can make this a creamier, richer smoothie (more like a milkshake!) by using whole milk and full fat greek yogurt. Adjust the honey to suit your taste. The plain greek yogurt is pretty tart so it’s really there to just to sweeten that up. If you use vanilla yogurt that is already sweetened you could leave the honey out all together.

Check out my Cutie Smoothie photo on Tastespotting!


Coconut Butter and My New Fave Smoothie

If there were only one butter allowed in heaven…this would it!

How could I have not discovered this stuff sooner? I love coconut, I cook and bake with coconut oil (and use if for a moisturizer sometimes), I love coconut milk, I drink coconut water and use it in my smoothies…BUT where has this coconut butter been all of my life? I guess since I’m a real butter loving kind of girl, I have never sought out a substitute for it. I’m sure all of you raw, vegan, Paleo, and non-dairy eating peeps out there already know about this stuff. Anyway…I’m glad I know about it now because it seriously is a heavenly treat and an unbelievably Juicy Bite!

I discovered it when I bought a smoothie from a local juice bar and it was one of the ingredients in the smoothie. I was puzzled by what “coconut butter” was and did a little research on line since I was determined to duplicate the smoothie at home. Turns out it is just dried, unsweetened coconut pureed to the point that it turns into creamy, buttery goodness. It is processed in a blender (like a Vitamix) or a food processor until the fat from the coconut is extracted and it becomes smooth. I found simple directions to make it on a blog called Color Wheel Meals. Samantha, a fellow WordPress blogger, gives step by step instructions for coconut butter and a delicious recipe to use it in here.  You can use it baked goods, smoothies (like the one below), or simply spread it on your toast like my 8 year old loves to do. Not knowing how simple coconut butter is to make, I bought mine from my local Whole Foods Market. You can also buy it here on Amazon. I will definately make my own batch once I get through my first jar…which probably won’t be long.

Now…for the smoothie! I’s a green smoothie, but it’s lighter than my Kale Cashew Shake. The coconut butter adds delicious coconut flavor and just a little creaminess to the smoothie. I have added spoonfuls of coconut to my smoothies before, but it’s not the same as the coconut butter. You can adjust the “green-ness” of your smoothie by adding more or less of the kale and spinach. I love the greens, so I add a bunch. For my boys I go a little easier on the greens so their version tastes like a green piña colada. They love it!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves

1 heaping cup of loosely packed pieces of kale (thick stems removed)

1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1/2 banana (or whole if it’s small)

1 heaping tablespoon coconut butter

1 cup coconut water

6 ice cubes

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

 

 

 

 

 


Blueberry and Almond Breakfast Shake

Or anytime shake! I actually made this for lunch the other day. I was experimenting with ingredients and this combo was great. The prunes (don’t let them scare you!) added a delicious sweetness along with some fiber and potassium. The almonds give you a great protein boost and you get good heart healthy omegas from the flax.

Blueberry Almond Shake

Serves 1
Add the following ingredients to your blender and blend well:

  • 1 cup unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 3 prunes
  • 1/3 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/2 bannana
  • 2 tablespoons of flax meal
  • 6-8 ice cubes

Kale Cashew Shake

Let me start out by saying that I LOVE MY VITAMIX!! I’m not quite sure how I ever lived without it. It is definitely my favorite kitchen appliance!  I have been making all kinds of delicious smoothies and juices with it for myself and my family. One of my favorite lunch shakes is this Kale Cashew Shake. You could make this in a regular blender but I don’t think it would blend the cashews and kale quite as smooth as the Vitamix. You could try it with cashew butter or almond butter instead of the whole cashews.

It is delicious, healthy, and filling. You can work with the ingredients to suit your taste. Sometimes I add a little honey or a couple of pitted dates to sweeten it up, or if I need it to carry me through to dinner I will put in some protein powder. I use a vanilla flavored whey based protein sweetened with Stevia so it is low in sugar. The protein powder also makes it a little sweeter.

Kale Cashew Shake:

  • a couple of big handfuls of kale (about 3 or 4 leaves with ribs/stems removed)
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed or flax meal
  • one half of a banana
  • 1/3 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (or any other milk/non-dairy drink)
  • a handful of ice cubes

Blend all ingredients thoroughly

Optional:

Add a scoop of protein powder or a teaspoon of honey before blending. You can also add a couple of pitted dates to add sweetness instead of the honey.