Smoothies are all the rage, but when I look at the ingredients I kinda cringe…most of these are more like a pureed dessert full of sugar and low on nutritional value. And the price is insane. Couple that with the fact that I am not a fan of juice and I’m left on the outside looking in at the whole smoothie craze. Did I forget to mention I am not a milk lover so those protein shakes just kinda gag me – yup open and honest here. But I do love a good milkshake…so I started a search for how to combine the two things and came up with this power packed frosty recipe!
This recipe is amazing – and full of fruits, veggies ( I know I wasn’t so open to drinking veggies either, but stick with me) and good fats. Fats you say? Why would I want to add fats to my nutritional drink? Well as a nutritionist explained it to me, your body needs good fats and protein, coupled with the veggies and fruits…it doesn’t need carbs – carbs are like kindling on a fire and burn up fast – good fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado and butter burn long and slow like the big logs on a fire. I loved the analogy and have found it to be so true, since adding these good fats into my power frosty it sustains me longer and I have more energy.
This recipe pleases everyone in our house and I love the added boost of nutrients it gives the kids, and what kid is going to turn down a shake?!? Not mine! I often have this for breakfast, a mid morning snack or for an afternoon jolt around 2pm or as an after school snack for the kids!
2-3 avocado/ coconut oil cubs (recipe below)
3/4 cup frozen berries of your choice (my faves are raspberries, black berries and strawberries)
1/2 cup frozen chopped greens of your choice (I use kale, spinach and or swiss chard)
1 serving of protein powder (I use a plant based protein powder from PlantFusion and use the unflavored kind, gives me 21 grams of protein!)
1 3/4 – 2 cups of liquid (I typically use vanilla unsweetened coconut milk – the canned kind is less processed and better for you, but is quite a bit more costly so I go with the larger carton of coconut milk found in the cooler case) NOTE- depending on your blender and measuring your frozen fruit and veggies, you may need to add additional liquid, it’s hard to get an exact measure on the frozen berries, if it’s too thick add a little bit of water.
Blend up until no large pieces are present, and you get a creamy smooth consistency!
this recipe yields about 16 oz – I drink a whole one myself, but often split it up in smaller servings for the kids to share!
Avocado-Coconut Oil Cubes
Take 3 avocados and 1/3 cup coconut oil and add to a blender. Add 3 TBSP water to get it blending. It may require additional water to get it to blend into a smooth consistency. Spray an icecube tray with coconut oil non-stick spray then pour the blended mixuture into the tray, smooth and put in the freezer overnight. I have found I need to let the tray sit out for about 20-30 minutes to let the cubes soften just enough to get them out of the tray, I then add them to a zip top bag and toss it into the freezer.
I do this for two reasons – 1. I like my shake super frozen, thick and frosty. 2. I find it easier than cutting up an avocado every time I go to make a shake. 🙂