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Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (with sneaky veggies)

The smoothie bowl may be enjoying a moment in the culinary spotlight, but there is nothing that beats a sippable smoothie when you need a portable, nutritious, and filling food. Equally excellent during a hard training stint, or simply rushing to get everyone fed before work and school, this bright pink smoothie is not only mouthwateringly yummy, but it is also chock full of vegetables cunningly disguised by the strawberries, stevia, and vanilla extract. Medium-chain triglycerides in the coconut milk, like lauric acid, provide the body with easy to digest plant-based fats– which studies have shown can decrease LDL and build up HDL cholesterol.

As a result of centering this kind of healthy eating in your daily routine you will up your vegetable intake, and your body will thank you. Most noteworthy among beneficial ingredients are all the vegetables we have snuck into this smoothie! As you dash between errands, work and training your mouth will believe it is drinking a glass of colorful joy, but your body will feel the nutrition. For optimal nutrition pick up unsweetened coconut milk for this, as the stevia will add the sweetness you might crave without the sugar spike included in sweetened milk.

  • Author: Leslie Myers
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 smoothies
  • Category: Smoothies

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup Frozen Banana Pieces
  • 1 Cup Frozen Strawberry Pieces
  • ½ Cup Frozen Cauliflower
  • 1 piece Small Peeled Zucchini; (we used the outside for ribbon-style zucchini noodles)
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk 
  • ¼ of an Avocado 
  • 6-12 Stevia Drops
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Whey Protein Powder or Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/8th tsp Sea Salt
  • Water or more coconut milk to thin if necessary

Instructions

First, measure all ingredients directly into the blender. It works best if you put the liquids in first, and then add the frozen solids on top. Finally, puree until smooth.

PRO-TIP: In order to achieve the most smoooooooooth texture we suggest you use a high-speed blender, or even a food processor will work! Certainly the blender you inherited from Aunt Debbie will do the job, however you may have to blend for a much longer time in order to fully incorporate the solid ingredients with the liquid ones.

Notes

We use a high-speed blender whenever possible for all smoothies-the texture of the smoothie is silky smooth!  

Nutrition

  • Calories: 371
  • Sugar: 26.8g
  • Sodium: 104mg
  • Fat: 12.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.1g
  • Fiber: 4.9g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg

If you love the idea of sneaking veggies into your smoothie, check out this tasty treat.