Breakfast, Healthy Treats, Smoothies

Strawberry & Cream Smoothie

Is there a certain smoothie that your kids ask for constantly?  Want to try a new one? This is the smoothie that is asked for majority of the time by my kids….even their friends ask for it. My girls probably like it because it tastes like a strawberry milkshake and what kid wouldn’t ask for a milkshake for breakfast. Actually, one of my girls had asked if we could have this for dinner one night ( It was a busy night and I said yes because 1.it’s healthy and 2. it’s faster than any fast food).

The nutritionist in me can’t just leave you with a bunch of food photos and a recipe without  telling you about the amazing benefits packed in this smoothie. Since I’m not writing a book, I’ll just focus on the main ingredient.

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Strawberries! Aren’t they wonderful? Look at all that red, one of natures beautiful colours.

Anthocyanin (I know, just rolls off your tongue doesn’t it?) is the flavonoid that gives strawberries their lovely red colouring. This flavonoid also benefits our bodies by protecting us against cancer, inflammation and heart diseases. The flavonoids in strawberries also have the ability of acting as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by blocking the enzyme, cyclooxygenase or COX, involved in pain linked to RA, cancer, OA and asthma.

Yes strawberries are known for their anti cancer effect but strawberries that are sprayed with chemicals, picked weeks before consumption, and are genetically modified, would have the opposite effect. Thus, the importance of buying locally organic. I believe one of the reasons strawberries are found to have anti cancerous capabilities is due to their vitamin C and phytonutrient content.

As wonderful as strawberries are, they aren’t the only food that contains these wonderful preventative nutrients. This means you don’t have to go buy the entire section of strawberries at your local grocery store in hopes of fighting off cancer. Get creative and try the other colours of the produce rainbow!

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STRAWBERRY & CREAM SMOOTHIE

2 Servings

5 minute prep

Ingredients

1 cup of milk alternative, I use Silk organic soy milk in this recipe

1/4 cup of full fat coconut milk, this milk has the consistency of cream

2 cups of frozen strawberries

1 frozen banana, chopped

1 tsp pure vanilla

1 tsp stevia

Optional add ins to give this smoothie a boost:

Hemp hearts

Chia seeds

Your favourite plant based protein powder

Instructions:

Add liquids and any powders/seeds before adding your frozen fruit, this will ensure the smoothie blends well. This smoothie is a bit thicker; like soft serve ice cream texture so have patience as this may take stopping the blender to scrape down the sides if you don’t have a high speed blender that also comes with a tamper ( that thing that looks like a wand).

Tip:

For a thinner smoothie, add a bit more milk of choice to the desired consistency. If you are really digging the thickness already but would like it a bit more like ice cream, add a bit more frozen fruit.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope your family enjoys this smoothie as much as ours does!

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