Transport yourself to the islands for breakfast with this tropical smoothie. Coconut milk makes the base and spices add an unexpected twist. Whip one up in seconds for an easy but healthy start to your day.
Every Day is Smoothie Day
For years, I have enjoyed a smoothie for breakfast six out of seven days a week. Why? Because they fuel me, fill me and taste great. My body is happy. I feel great if I start my day with a smoothie. While I drink raspberry smoothies almost every day (I am a raspberry freak), I have been on a new smoothie creation kick. Here is the first of new smoothie recipes to come.
Milk of Choice
While I have used homemade almond milk for years, lately I have been making smoothies with coconut milk. Yes, I am on a coconut milk kick too. Not the boxed or refrigerated stuff with carrageenan, an unhealthy food additive, but organic, canned coconut milk thinned with water. Good quality organic, canned coconut milk waits ready in the pantry until needed. Choose a brand with a BPA-free can, like Native Forest. Although their can does not state BPA-free, I called the company. When in doubt, pick up the phone. Not a fan of coconut milk? Make this with almond milk. Homemade is best. Here is my easy recipe.
Protein Powder – So Many Options
With an overwhelming amount of options on the market, choosing a protein powder is not easy. Until I get a whole post written on how to choose one, here are a few tips:
- Choose one with an understandable ingredient list. The shorter, the better.
- If sweetened, look for stevia, which is natural and safe versus sugar or hidden forms of sugar.
- Be aware of sodium levels. Lower is better. Compare brands.
- No artificial flavors, fillers, colors, no artificial anything is best.
- Be aware of what one serving provides in terms of grams of protein.
- Don’t choose only on price.
- Look for a single serving, travel or trial size before investing in a tub, as many protein powders are expensive
Depending on your dietary preferences, there are many options for whey, egg white and plant-based protein powders. For whey-based we use Jay Robb, which is lactose free. Another whey-based powder is Tera’s Whey, organic and gluten-free. They also make a goat milk version. For plant-based, we have switched to Vega One. Another option is pure hemp powder. It has an earthy, different taste that may take getting used to. The spices and vanilla will help that. These are only our personal preferences. Experiment for yourselves and discover what works best for your body. It is all about bio-individuality. Every body is different. What works for us may not work for you.
Spiced Coconut Mango Smoothies
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) coconut milk
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) filtered water
- 1/2 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1 small banana
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Few drops liquid stevia or raw honey (optional)
- Place everything in a blender and puree on high speed until smooth. If it is too thick and the motor is grinding, add a bit more liquid. A Vitamix makes it easy.
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