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Raise your hand if you like a good smoothie, because today’s post is for YOU! I’ll be honest – I always start the day with coffee. I can’t dive right into smoothie drinking before I’ve had caffeine and there’s no way around that. But after I’ve had my coffee, I’m ready to par-tay.
Living in Hawaii gives me about zero excuses not to enjoy at least one smoothie per day, because the abundance of fresh fruit and veggies all year long means there is always something “in season” to toss in my blender. But what do I toss in there? Let’s talk details.
My base is always the same for my smoothies, Silk Coconutmilk (1 cup has only 45 calories and 50% more calcium than dairy milk) or Silk Almondmilk (no cholesterol or saturated fat!) and Silk yogurt. I’ll be honest, I prefer to use their coconut milk, because I can slip it into other recipes I make often that call for it (think curry and Thai dishes), but both are delicious! When I want a creamier smoothie (like ones with nut butters), I add in a splash of Silk Almond Creamer in vanilla. No matter what flavor you prefer, all Silk Creamers are dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free and cholesterol-free! The best part is that I can find all of these at Walmart and don’t have to worry with going to a specialty grocer.
Look for the new packaging of Silk products (launching at the end of the month everywhere) while you shop. New packaging, same great taste, I promise 😉
So let’s talk variety. To me, the same smoothie day after day gets boring, so I try to switch it up to keep myself interested. I always have some staples on hand to help me accomplish this and most of them are things I already use for other recipes, so it’s not like I’m spending a ton to get my needed variety. Smoothie staples for me include: chia seeds, spinach, fresh fruit, almond butter, cinnamon, dates and raw cacao.
Now let’s talk recipes!
Lean, Mean Green Machine – 1 cup cold Silk Coconutmilk, 2 tbsp. Silk yogurt, 1 banana, 2/3 cup spinach (about a handful), 1/4 papaya, 1 tbsp. soaked chia seeds
Purple Punch – 1 cup cold Silk Coconutmilk, 2 tbsp. Silk yogurt, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/2 Honey Crisp apple, 1 frozen acai packet (if you have it!)
Brownie Sundae – 1 cup cold Silk Coconutmilk, 3 tbsp. Silk yogurt, 2 tbsp. Silk Almond Creamer (vanilla flavor), 1 tbsp. raw cacao, 2 dates, 1 tbsp. almond butter, 1/2 banana
Tropical Berry – 1 cup cold Silk Coconutmilk, 1 tbsp. Silk yogurt, 1 tbsp. soaked chia cheeds, 1/4 cup raspberries, handful of strawberries, pineapple or mango chunks
Vanilla Yum Yum – 1 cup Silk Coconutmilk, 3 tbsp. Silk yogurt, 2 tbsp. Silk Almond creamer (vanilla flavor), 1 tsp. cinnamon, 2 dates
**You’ll notice I mentioned soaked chia seeds. I soak mine in water (1 cup seeds:6 cups water) for 2-3 hours before use to create a chia style gel that is super easy to blend into smoothie drinks or bowls! And another tip is to make sure your dates are pitted prior to use. If you want something that’s a little bit more icy or you plan to use these recipes as a bowl base, feel free to add 1/2-1 cup of ice in each recipe. You can also use frozen fruit, but it may alter the nutrients of the recipe.**
Do you drink smoothies? What is your favorite recipe?