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Summertime typically means warmer temperatures and the quest for refreshing items to help moderate the heat of the day. Even in Alaska, we can get some warm days that have me longing for a cool, refreshing item. Our family has been taste testing different smoothies with almond milk on our quest to find a few favorites for just such a time.
Smoothies with Almond Milk ~ Finding the Perfect Base
Just about any smoothie my boys and I adore have a creamy base. In the past few years, I’ve moved away from using a lot of milk as I was seeing some negative effects on my health. I’ve since transitioned to using almond milk in many of my smoothies when I want that creamy texture without having the added dairy in my diet.
While I have been happy with just unsweetened almond milk, I was really intrigued by a few new options from Silk: Silk Almond Coconut Blend AND Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber. So many friends have raved about their being benefits to coconut in your diet. And, I know that the combination of protein and fiber makes a big, positive impact on me. With the thought of ways to add some variety and continue to improve my health, I popped into our local Safeway to pick up these new options. You can find them right by the line up of milk and the variety of blends available is really impressive.
Silk Almond Coconut Blend is a lower calorie option with only 35 calories per cup. Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber comes in higher (90 calories for original or 100 calories for vanilla), but those calories include 5 grams of protein as well as a bit of sugar.
Each of the containers even have a suggested recipe for that particular blend along with the suggestion to visit the Silk website for more ideas.
Smoothies with Almond Milk ~ Chocolate Almond Strawberry Smoothie
For the last 2 years, I have had a similar breakfast pretty much every day of the week. I joined the fitness and nutrition bandwagon and have a daily meal replacement shake that’s high in protein and packed full of nutrition. Typically, I have it at breakfast as I love how it fills me, provides plenty of energy, and takes little thought when still trying to wake up. But, I’ve been known to swap things up and have it later in the day.
As variety is important to me, I might have chocolate as my base each day yet change up what I put into the blender. Some of the recipes I use can get so thick (especially with the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber as it is thicker on its own) that I am left with something requiring a spoon to consume. Who doesn’t like ice cream for breakfast?
Here’s how I make this particular meal replacement: Meal Replacement My personal preference for a meal replacement shake is Shakeology from Beachbody.
Depending upon how many strawberries you use, a spoon might be needed for this one!
My personal preference for a meal replacement shake is Shakeology from Beachbody.
Smoothies with Almond Milk ~ Afternoon Delights
While my 4 year old adores the chocolate almond strawberry smoothie I make for breakfast some mornings, the other boys wanted to test out a few new recipes. We found several on the Silk website and picked just a few to give a test hop recently.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie and Berry Mint Chocolate Bliss Smoothie are the 2 which the boys and I selected to try from the Silk website as well as the Choconut Smoothie from the back of the Silk Almond Coconut Blend container. We modified the berry mint chocolate bliss smoothie to use a tiny bit of peppermint essential oil instead of the mint leaf originally called for in the recipe and I used 1/2 tsp. of almond butter instead of almonds. Also, as there is some sugar in the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber, I didn’t use as much maple syrup.
After giving everyone little cups of the different smoothies, the boys put it to the test. For my 10 and 13 year olds, the Choconut Smoothie was their favorite. Neither one could taste the coconut with the banana and chocolate being the flavors they readily detected. My 4 year old declared that he was in love with the Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie. I completely agree with him!
Do you include almond milk or coconut milk in your regular diet?
Have you tried any smoothies with almond milk and what is your favorite way to have it?