What a heat wave we’ve been having! It’s during times like these that I want something cool and refreshing. Like a soda…and it’s especially nice when a soda is on the healthy side! This Strawberry-Coconut Cream Soda is made with coconut milk and fresh strawberries…yum! It’s also sweetened with honey. It’s a treat that will help cool you off, and you can feel good about drinking it too—win, win, win! 🙂 I was inspired by a recipe at Food.com, but changed it up a little, using honey instead of sugar and a little more strawberries—I think it’s a great soda!Continue reading
I think this is the creamiest smoothie I’ve ever had. This is the first smoothie I’ve made with coconut milk, and I love how super creamy and smooth it turned out! I modified a recipe from Del’s Cooking Twist by adding some banana and sweetening it with honey. Yum! I made this smoothie on a very warm day and it was so refreshing. Now that I know how great coconut milk is in smoothies, I’ll have to try more flavors with it!
RASPBERRY BANANA COCONUT MILK SMOOTHIE by NancyC, adapted from Del’s Cooking Twist
Makes 1 serving (about 10 ounces)
- 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 of a small to medium size banana
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- Fresh raspberries or some flaked coconut for garnish, optional
Put frozen raspberries, banana, coconut milk, and honey in blender; blend until smooth. Garnish with a few fresh raspberries or some flaked coconut, if desired.
Are you a smoothie-maker and have you tried using some new flavors and ingredients lately?
Linked to Inspire Me Monday.
If you like smoothies, you’ll have to check out a new book, What Color is Your Smoothie? It’s filled with 300 recipes that can help you get the recommended daily five servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet, in addition to important vitamins and minerals your body needs. As I was reviewing the book, I learned that each color group of fruits and veggies offer different health benefits, so it’s important to include a variety of different colored fruits and veggies in your diet. The first chapter, Nature’s Formula for Better Health, includes information on vitamins and minerals that are important for good health and the different foods you’ll find them in. The second chapter, Blending for a Better Life, gives you helpful tips on how to prepare fruits, veggies, and herbs for blending. The other seven chapters are filled with smoothie recipes organized by color: White (Vanilla Chiller, Crazy for Coconuts), Red (Red Berry Roundup, Creamy, Dreamy Watermelon), Orange (Sweet Potato Surprise, Papaya Powerhouse), Yellow (Pumped Up Pineapple, Luscious Lemon Mango Melon), Green (Cucumber Zing, Green Ginger Apple), Blue (Amazing Blueberry Almond, Blueberry Oatmeal Delight), and Purple (Sweet Spiced Blackberries, Purple Plum Thunder). As you can see, there’s quite a variety! I decided to try the Sweet and Smooth Citrus Smoothie…I’m a citrus-lover, and this smoothie is packed with lots of Vitamin C from the oranges, lemon, and lime that are in it! Bananas and coconut milk are also in the recipe, giving the smoothie a thick, creamy consistency. And it’s really good for you…as the book points out, “Vitamin C, limonin, and potassium combine for an all-out attack against sickness and disease.” Here’s the recipe if you want to try it out!
SWEET AND SMOOTH CITRUS SMOOTHIE from What Color is Your Smoothie?
Makes 3 cups, 360 calories per cup
- 3 oranges, peeled and deseeded
- 1/2 lemon, peeled and deseeded
- 1/2 lime, peeled and deseeded
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup ice
In a blender, combine the oranges, lemon, lime, bananas, and 1 cup coconut milk with 1/2 cup ice, and blend until thoroughly combined. While blending, add remaining coconut milk and ice until desired consistency is achieved (I actually just used the 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup ice, because I like my smoothies thicker).
I really want to try to get more fruits and veggies in my diet–how about you?