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.
This 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:
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- 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.
Almond Milk Smoothie: For Smoother Skin
- 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)
- You can buy all these ingredients here:
- 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
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.
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