Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie/Milkshake

Strawberry Kiwi SmoothieEven though I can have dairy again I still don’t like milk.

Unless I’m baking with it or making hot chocolate with it.

Call me crazy, but I don’t ever remember being forced to drink milk as a child except for one time when I was being babysat with a friend by her grandparents. They were also forcing me to eat a sandwich heavy dressed with mayo. That was not a good day.

With my continued dislike of milk in mind, I am still making smoothies and milkshakes with dairy-free milk.

I started making this Strawberry Kiwi smoothie last summer when I had a lot of strawberries and kiwis in my grocery delivery. It was easy to prep both for freezing to use later. Two weeks ago, I used up the last of my frozen kiwis and strawberries then wondered, why haven’t I shared this with you?

Oh, right. I’ve been writing.

Well now you get this just in time for the strawberries and kiwis showing up in the market. You can use frozen strawberries from the frozen food section, but if you have the time to do it, I recommend buying fresh and freezing them yourself. When they are in season the prices go down, which makes it cheaper than buying a package of frozen berries. I normally buy my berries when they are on sale, making them even cheaper.

If this is your first experience with one of my smoothie recipes, I do not make them for meal replacements. I do not use protein powders or other things you might find in a meal replacement smoothie/shake. I try to keep them limited to just what you will find in your pantry and refrigerator because I see them as a quick snack rather than a meal. I prefer to chew my food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

If you don’t like hemp seeds or are allergic, just use your favorite dairy-free milk. Or regular milk if you swing that way. The maca root powder can be omitted, but I find that it gives the hemp milk a milky-er feel.

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie/Milkshake – serves 1

1 cup filtered water

1 tablespoon hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)

2 teaspoons maca root powder

4-5 frozen strawberries

5-6 slices frozen kiwi

1 tablespoon nut butter of choice (optional, or use a tiny amount of Sunbutter or tahini if allergic to peanuts or nuts)

1 tablespoon raw local honey (or other sweetener of choice)

Add water, hemp hearts, and maca root powder and blend until milky. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Super Berry Smoothie – Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten-Free

Super Berry Smoothie

Maggie, She Let Them Eat Cake, is hosting this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free event.  I participate in this few and far between since some themes I don’t have time to play with (and wish I did) and some months I miss out on seeing what the theme is completely.  When I read this month’s theme, I knew I didn’t really have to play around in the kitchen.  I was already making something and planning on sharing this recipe anyway.  Score!

This smoothie is full of natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant based foods.  Blueberry, cranberry, açai, raw local honey and raw cacao powder.  This will help your body fight inflammation and oxidative stress (or oxidative rust, as Dr. Mark Hyman calls it).  This is also full of vitamins and minerals.  I normally make smoothies with some kind of greens included, but this one I’ve left them out.  You can add greens if you’d like.  The darker the better for those polyphenols.  You can also use other dark berries if you don’t have one listed available. And if you don’t like cranberries, you can’t even taste them.  Seriously.

If you have nut allergies, you can use raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead.  I would not recommend Sunbutter as it threw the entire flavor profile off when I tested it.  Or, you can use Maggie’s Oh Mega Mix.

I have a tendency to use raw local honey as much as I can.  Not only is it a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps with allergies.  My last chiropractor tried for years to get me to use raw local honey instead of getting allergy shots.  Finally, one day, I was able to remember to have a tablespoon a day and made the transition.  I stopped getting allergy shots several years ago.  One of the best things about moving to Cincinnati is that my raw local honey is so local, I get it from farm just a mile away from us.

Super Berry Smoothie – 16 ounces

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen cranberries

1 tablespoon freeze-dried açai powder (I use Navitas Naturals), or 1/4 cup frozen açai berries

1 – 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (I use Navitas Naturals)

1 tablespoon nut butter

Sweetener of choice (I use 1 tablespoon raw local honey)

1 teaspoon raw maca powder (optional)

Unsweetened dairy-free milk of choice (I use 365 Unsweetened Almond or So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut until I can start making my own)

Add fruit, powders, nut butter and sweetener to your blender.  If you are using a sweetened dairy-free milk, omit or cut back on the added sweetener.  Pour dairy-free milk in just under the 2 cup line.  Blend well.  Serve.

This post is linked to Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert and Dogs. 

This post is linked to Friday Foodie Fix at The WHOLE Gang.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie

Has this ever happened to you?  You’ve got all kinds of natural goodies in the blender and it’s blending away.  Not even halfway through the blending, it stops.  Just stops.  Kaput.  Nada.  Switch outlets.  Still nothing.  Take it apart.  Put it back together.  Plug it back in.  Still nothing.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

The blender is D.E.A.D.

This seems to happen every time a blender has died on me.   Every time it’s been a smoothie in the blender.  Of course the first time, we had a rather cheap one that wasn’t built for frequent use.  Neither was the second.  The last one, however, should have lasted a lot longer seeing as how I bought it two years ago and it’s higher quality.

It happened to me again last week while trying to create this smoothie.  I was hungry and looking forward to it, too.

After several days I decided to finally do it.  I bought a Vitamix a week ago and used it for the first time this past Sunday while Chaz was still in bed.  Using the blender while he’s still sleeping is like poking the bear.  He always glares at me when he wakes up and says, “That blender is loud.”  “Yes, you tell me that every time I use it.”

When he finally got out of bed I asked, “Did you hear the blender?”

“No.”

Score!

The Vitamix blended better on its lowest setting than my last blender.  I’m loving it.  And this smoothie I finally got to make.  I’ve made it several ways and will give you allergy-free options.  Right now, it’s my favorite.  The picture is my first attempt with the recipe and I couldn’t tell where the liquid line was so, I the liquid measurement will be good for 16 ounces.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie

1 cup frozen cherries (or more if you’d like)

1 tablespoon almond butter (or Sunbutter for a nut-free smoothie)

1 tablespoon raw local honey (or other sweetener of your choice to make it vegan)

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

Unsweetened almond milk (or unsweetened coconut milk, rice milk, or hemp milk for nut-free)

Add cherries, almond or Sunbutter, honey, and raw cacao powder to the blender.  Pour your dairy-free milk to just under the 2 cup or 16ounce line.  Blend well.

Out of all the variations I made of this, it is much better with the almond milk if you can have nuts.  It was so good with the almond milk I had a hard time not drinking it all at once.

This post is linked to Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs and Seasonal Sunday at Real Sustenance.