It's almost *officially* summer! Although, once school is out it feels like summer anyway. But, with the warmer weather smoothies have become more and more of a regular occurrence around here. Smoothies like this Dairy Free Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie are great for a low carb, nutritious and filling snack. One which both my kids and I enjoy. And yes, smoothies can be filling and healthy - you just have to add the right ingredients!
This strawberry blueberry smoothie is made without milk or yogurt but is still thick, rich and creamy. It is only sweetened with blueberries and strawberries. In addition, to make this smoothie recipe satiating and filling, it contains veggies, protein (collagen) and healthy fats.
Smoothies for Weight Loss
A lot of people assume smoothies are for weight loss. Although I don't consume them for this reason, smoothies can be a meal replacement. But, you've got to add the right ingredients and toppings or you'll be left feeling unsatisfied and hungry within the hour.
To bulk up a smoothie, adding fat and protein is a must! This smoothie recipe uses fresh avocado, raw walnuts, collagen and coconut milk to make a delicious, hunger-taming meal or snack. In addition, these ingredients are what make this smoothie thick and creamy. Almost like ice cream!
If your goal is weight loss, it's important not to focus so much on the calories, but rather the ingredients. Smoothies with a lot of fruit, added sugar and low fat products are typically high in sugar and leave you hungry soon after consuming. Using satiating ingredients (like avocado, collagen, coconut products, etc.) not only boost the nutritional content but keep your blood sugar levels steady. You won't be hungry an hour afterwards.
Another great smoothie addition is toppings. Toppings require chewing and the process of chewing sends signals to your body that you are eating and food needs to be digested. When you chew, it alerts the stomach, which begins to make stomach acid. Furthermore, it signals the pancreas to prepare to secrete its contents into the small intestinal tract (1) Chewing literally makes digestion easier for your body.
Best Low Carb Smoothie Toppings
When choosing smoothie toppings, I always go for items that are low carb. Since I like to use fruit to sweeten my smoothies, this ensures that I'm not just adding more sugar. Instead, these toppings enhance the overall nutritional content.
My favorite smoothie toppings include:
- Chopped Nuts
- Cacao Nibs
- Flaked or Shredded Coconut
- Protein Bars (cut into small pieces)
- Crumbled Protein Muffins
Can You Use Water in a Smoothie?
The short answer is yes. Yes, but the results will taste water-downed. Same goes with using ice in a smoothie. Personally, I prefer nut milk or coconut milk. Plant based milks give smoothies more taste and a slightly thicker texture.
Ingredients in Dairy Free Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
This Paleo smoothie recipe serves one. Or, if you're a parent then it's more of a snack for all to share. (I'm sure many of you can relate - nothing goes un-shared!)
Since this recipe is dairy free, this smoothie does not contain any cow's milk or yogurt. But, it is still smooth, thick, creamy and flavorful!
The ingredients include:
- frozen strawberries
- frozen blueberries
- raw spinach
- ripe avocado
- raw walnuts
- maqui berry powder (optional)
- coconut milk
Now, this since this smoothie is only sweetened with frozen strawberries and blueberries it is not very sweet. However, there are many healthy add-ins to make a smoothie sweeter.
Healthy Ways to Sweeten a Smoothie
Fruit and sweeteners such as maple syrup are great for sweetening a smoothie without taking away its health benefits. Ways to sweeten this smoothie include any of the following:
Of course, other options are available, but those are my sweeteners of choice.
This simple, satiating smoothie is only sweetened with strawberries and blueberries. It is a healthy, low carb, yet delicious and filling smoothie great for kids and adults.
- Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender.
- Blend until smooth*
- Pour smoothie into a small bowl or large cup.
- Top with your favorite toppings.
*If you don't have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you may need to add extra coconut milk for the mixture to blend.
Frozen strawberries and blueberries are recommended for a thick, creamy texture. Using fresh berries will make the smoothie more liquid.
This smoothie isn't overly sweet. To make it sweeter blend in additional ingredients such as: banana, maple syrup or pitted dates.
Keywords: smoothie, low carb, no added sugar, dairy free, Paleo, Egg Free