If you’re new to smoothies, this Creamy Raspberry Smoothie is a great one to begin with as it tastes familiar – almost like ice-cream!
INGREDIENTS FOR CREAMY RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE
Makes 1 large portion
- 100–120 g Frozen raspberries (the higher amount will thicken your smoothie and give it more flavour)
- Optionally, quarter to half banana—depending on size—fresh or frozen*
- 200 ml Almond milk or organic brown rice milk. Brands that I use and recommend are; Rude Health, Plenish, Organic Rice Dream or Ecomil. If you like your smoothies super thick, then reduce this amount to 150 ml
- 1 scoop of whey protein (I recommend Pink Sun Isolate, Solgar’s Whey-to-Go Vanilla Powder or Pulsin Whey Protein Isolate)
- If using Pink Sun or Pulsin, then ½ tspn of pure vanilla powder gives it more flavour (I use Gourmet Spice Company)
- 1–2 tspns of greens powder (I use Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens) and/or a handful spinach
- 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil (ensure it’s organic, virgin and cold pressed)
- Optionally, a small handful of spinach leaves
Melt the coconut oil. To do this place a tablespoon of of solid coconut oil into small jar. Then either pop the jar into a saucepan containing a small amount of water and heat until it melts. Or microwave it. I always have a small jar on the go. Now, place the frozen raspberries into your blender first, then add all other ingredients apart from the coconut oil. Then carefully pour in the coconut oil into the blender, avoiding the frozen raspberries or the oil will harden again. Blitz. Enjoy immediately.
* Adding banana adds sweetness and thickness – but aim to keep it small as too much may spike your blood sugar levels. Rice milk has a natural sweetness, so if using this milk, then it will be sweet enough for most people. Almond milk is nutritionally better than Rice or Oat Milk – but not as sweet. So, if it still feels like you are missing the sweetness you crave, then add a micro-spoon of stevia extract – the purest of alternative sweeteners.
By-the-way, until you become accustomed to the slightly veggie/herby flavour of greens powder, stick to 1 teaspoon. And don’t skip the oil because you think it’s fattening: you need it! Good fats can help you lose weight and help reduce bad cholesterol.
If you are new to making smoothies, buying the speciality ingredients can be daunting, but I hope you will see it as an investment in your health. I am big fan of Udo’s Beyond Greens because it’s so nutritionally rich. It contains organic, fermented grasses, algae, spices, vegetables and seeds all which helps support your immune system. I buy Udo’s Beyond Greens and (other super foods such as whey protein) from Body Kind who are typically cheaper than Amazon or other health food shops, but always check which is the cheapest at the time. If you choose BodyKind use my name, Jennie Bayliss, on the payment page, and you will receive a discount on your first purchase.
Read my article Smoothies: Are they good for you?, which also includes how to make your own healthy smoothies.
Eat Well—Be Well 😊