Almond Milk Smoothie: For Smoother Skin



Almond Milk Smoothie for Smoother Skin

Almond Milk Smoothie

Green Smoothie/ Green Thickie

I just love the way almonds make smoothies taste like marzipan.  It reminds me of my childhood, of birthday cakes and all those sweet treats.  It’s a taste you just can’t beat.  Now you can have the taste without any of the guilt as this almond milk smoothie is amazingly good for your health.

You can always leave the greens out of this Almond Milk Smoothie if you prefer a cream coloured smoothieThis smoothie includes Kale which can taste a bit stronger than spinach but if you only add one tightly packed cup you shouldn’t really be able to taste it.  If you are used to drinking green smoothies and feeling braver feel free to add more greens.  The more the better, but it’s still nice to enjoy the taste of our food. Dried apricots can really thicken this thickie even further so feel free to add more water if you need to.

This is a very filling thickie so you may want to divide the servings into 4 instead of 2 if you are trying to lose weight.

Benefits of Almonds

There are so many benefits of almonds, it’s hard to know where to start.  Almonds are great for your:

  • Brain: Many parents give almonds to their children as they are known to increase your level of intellect.
  • Cholestrol levels (especially if you eat a plant based diet)
  • Heart: Potatssium, protein and healthy fats are good for you heart. Antioxidants reduce the risk of heart disease and magnesium helps to avoid heart attacks.
  • Pregnancy: As they are a great source of folic acid
  • Blood Pressure: They help to regulate it.
  • Skin: The vitamin E is very beneficial for skin especially for newborn babies.
  • Prevention of colon cancer
  • Weight Loss: As they fill you up and stop you overeating.
  • Constipation: As they are very rich in fibre.
  • Energy Levels: Almonds will increase your energy.

This Almond Milk Smoothie has a lovely neutral taste so it's great for kids

Almond Milk Smoothie: For Smoother Skin

Rating: 51

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Almond Milk Smoothie: For Smoother Skin

Almond Milk Smoothie

Ingredients

1.5 Cups Water
1 Cup Almond Milk (Like this)
1 Cup tightly packed Kale
1 Cup Peaches
1 Banana
1 Cup Oats (Like this) or 1 Filler (Like this)
¼ Cup Unsulphered Apricots (or any other dried fruit) (Like this)
¼ Cup Almonds (Use ground almonds if you don’t have a high speed blender) (Like this)

Instructions

Blend the ingredients in the following order:

1. Blend the dry ingredients and liquid first for a short time

2. Blend the greens next for a short time (if using)

3. Blend the fruit and the rest of the ingredients until smooth (or as smooth as your blender will allow. High speed blenders may need 2 minutes for a Green Thickie, less powerful blenders may need a lot more, sometimes 5-10 minutes)

More tips:

Blending this way allows the dry ingredients to be blended for longest, it means the greens will fit in your blender and your fruit gets less blending so it doesn’t become too hot.

- Add more water if required to thin it out.

- Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.

- If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending. You can also replace half of the liquids with ice. Add the ice at the end. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.

How much should I drink to replace a meal?

- Only use a meal replacement if you’ve added the oats/quinoa.

- This Green Thickie serves 2 so you should DRINK HALF OF THIS RECIPE. But if you have higher calorie requirements you may need to drink more.

Suitable for Special Diets:

- Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa)

- Raw (Use raw oats/quinoa)

- Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk or tofu),

- Salt free (don't add salt)

- Nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn't include coconuts)

More information about making the perfect Green Thickie

If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie

http://www.greenthickies.com/almond-milk-smoothie/

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Katherine invented Green Thickies, A complete meal green smoothie that dramatically improves your health and fills you up. Katherine would love to chat about health or weight loss with you and help you improve your health. Connect with her via twitter @greenthickies, Facebook or on Google+

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Comments

  1. Brandie says:

    This may be a stupid question, but do you cook the oats beforehand or just eat them uncooked? Also, are raw steel-cut oats better? Thanks, can’t wait to try a green thickie.

    • Thanks so much for asking, no it’s not a stupid question at all. No you don’t need to cook the oats because oats you buy in normal shops have already been pre-cooked so they are fine to eat as they are in smoothies. Raw oats haven’t been pre-cooked so would need to be pre-soaked over night then rinsed and added to the smoothie. This is to break down the starch and make them safe to consume. Raw steel cooked oats have more of the nutrients intact so they are healthier, but they are harder to find. I personally use whole oat groats (not raw) as they are cheap, nutritious and tastier. I soak them overnight then rinse them in the morning before adding to my smoothie. Any other oats soaked for 30 minutes before blending will make them easier to blend and digest too. You can use any type of oats you have or that work well with your blender. (Just avoid the sugar laden variety).

      That’s great you are going to give Green thickies a try. Let me know how it goes.

  2. Brandie says:

    Hi Katherine,

    Thank you so much for replying so quickly. I bought some raw steel cut oats and soaked them overnight. I probably used a little less than half a cup in a thickie this morning along with coconut water, almond milk, and some cocoa green powder stuff I’ve been using for my smoothies. I also added some ice to make it super cold. I gotta tell ya, I’m usually starving about 20mins after I finish my morning smoothie and after that thickie I’m only a little bit hungry. Not even enough to warrant a snack. I think I will try putting in a little more oats tomorrow and see that if that helps curve my appetite a little more. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! Have a great day!

    Brandie

    • Hi Brandie

      Thanks so much for your feedback. That’s so great the oats worked so well in your smoothie. Do you put fruit or greens in your smoothie? That will make it much more nutritious and also curb your hunger for a lot longer. That’s the great thing about oats, you can always add more to suit your appetite and it doesn’t affect the taste of the recipe.

  3. I stumbled on your website as I was looking for a healthy meal-replacement smoothie for lunches. I’m tired of trying to cut up, pack up, carry, assemble and eat healthy lunches at work, it just takes too much time and effort. I have green smoothies for breakfast and that works for me but I tried having the same for lunch as well and ended up quite nauseous, it was just too much green stuff in one day. I made the above recipe minus the peaches (didn’t have any) and swapping medjool dates for apricots. It tasted great and kept me full until I got home. I’m definitely going to try your other recipes for lunches and probably half my dinners as well :)

    • Hi Jacqui. I’m so glad you found my website as you were searching for meal replacement smoothies. Most green smoothies don’t have enough calories for a whole meal, and when I tried filling myself up on green smoothies I would be drinking them all day long. I’m so glad you were fine with Green Thickies though and enjoyed the first recipe you tried. It can be a hassle making up a tasty healthy lunch for work and so much easier to make a filling smoothie instead!

  4. Can u give ur smoothie to a newborn?

    • Health authorities don’t recommend giving solid foods to newborns at all. In the UK it is recommended to wait until a baby is between 4-6 months old before you introduce other foods to their diet. My baby started drinking them at 6 months old and loved them. Before that she received the goodness through my milk.

  5. Hello! Love your website and recipes! I simply adore smoothies and have been looking for a collection of easy, inexpensive smoothie recipes that I could try as I sometimes don’t have the time I make hearty, full and healthy meals that make up the nutrients I need according to the Canadian food guide. These are great I will be trying this one today!

  6. Hi! I am planning to do the 7 day meal plan! I wanted to know if this one is a green thickie to use as a meal replacement in the 7 day meal plan or just a healthy smoothie? I was also trying to find the selection of green thickies used for the 7 day meal plan. Is there a link to that kind of selection? Thanks again for the awesome recipes!! :)

  7. Michelle says:

    Thank you very much for the wonderful website and the great recipes!!
    I was just wondering if you had any other recipe you could recommend for smooth skin because I am allergic to almonds. Also am I able to substitute the oats with quinoa?

  8. Looks yummy!

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