Here’s a delicious summer fruit smoothie to enjoy for breakfast or as a midday snack. Smoothies are great ways to use up all that fruit in your fridge! I’m still too afraid to progress to the vegetable smoothie. Don’t get me wrong, I love my vegetables, I’d just rather eat them sautéed, steamed, baked, or raw. I don’t really want to drink them.
I made this fruit smoothie twice, using two different milk ingredients. I’m very sensitive to lactose and can handle digesting good greek yogurt, like FAGE brand. I first made this using strawberry FAGE yogurt and it was perfect. Very thick, very creamy, 0 grams of fat, plus added protein. I made it again using Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk, and it was still delicious, obviously just not as creamy. The soy milk also added 2 grams of fat and not as much protein. You could try making this with strawberry soy yogurt or vanilla almond milk as well, according to your preference.
I also wanted less added sugar, but I didn’t want it to be too tart. So I added a little honey plus some stevia. You could skip the honey altogether or add more. Overall, a very balanced smoothie.
Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie
- 6-8 strawberries, stems removed
- 1 small apple, peeled and sliced
- 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
- 3 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk, or yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Stevia or white sugar
- Add ice cubes, strawberries, apple slices, kiwis, milk or yogurt, honey, and stevia to the blender. Crush ice first then blend for about 1 minute. Add more or less sweetener to taste. Serve with a slice of kiwi.
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Cranberries are beautiful to photograph. The rich red color reminds me of Christmas decorations like holly berries and poinsettias, complete with pine trees and snow. It’s not snowing in California, but we are still getting into the holidays. Thanksgiving is almost here, and cranberry sauce’s tart, yet sweet flavor goes great with turkey. Eat it on hot sliced turkey, or cold on a leftover turkey sandwich. It stays for weeks in the fridge. I spiced mine up a bit and added some orange zest for a citrusy flavor. Cranberry sauce is so easy to make out of fresh cranberries, I won’t buy the canned stuff ever again.
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp allspice
1. Mix water and sugar together in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
2. Add cranberries, return liquid to a boil and stir occasionally for 10 minutes. Skins will pop and it will begin to convert to a jam consistency.
3. Remove from heat and add zest and allspice. Cool to room temperature to serve. The sauce will thicken upon standing.
When I had my mouth surgery, I drank a lot of smoothies. Being lactose intolerant, I get to experiment with many different dairy free milks. There are so many to choose from! While Very Vanilla Soymilk by Silk will always be my favorite choice, it’s not perfect for everything.
If you’re cooking something sweet, coconut milk works great, but if you are cooking something not-so-sweet, plain almond or soy milk works better. Of course, chocolate almond or soy milk is a delicious way to drink non-dairy milk by itself.
Here are some of my favorite dairy free smoothies. The best part about them is that the dairy free milks are interchangeable. You can use whatever you have on hand! The best thing about these smoothie recipes: they taste amazing!
- Just add some cocoa powder and sweetener to create chocolate milk out of any plain milk you have. Cocoa powder is always dairy (and sugar) free!
- Adding some oats, flax seed powder, or wheat germ into your smoothies adds a boost of fiber and/or whole grains without taking away from the flavor.
- You can also experiment with soy, coconut, or lactose free yogurts.
- Adding instant coffee to a smoothie is a great way to combine your breakfast and your morning coffee :-).
1. Just add all ingredients into a blender and push the smoothie button. Blend for about 20 seconds, pour into a fancier cup than mine, and enjoy!
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
(Put some whole grains in your shake!)
1 cup Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk, chilled
5-6 strawberries, stems removed
1/4 cup oats
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
(Hawaii in a cup)
1 cup coconut milk (I used Vanilla Coconut Milk)
3/4 cup pineapple pieces
A few orange slices or 2 tablespoons orange juice (optional)
A few ice cubes
Mocha Monkey Smoothie
(Inspired by Pittsburgh’s Crazy Mocha)
1 cup Chocolate Almond Milk
1/2 packet Starbucks Instant Coffee
1 tablespoon agave syrup
A few ice cubes