Dairy-Free Berry Smoothie

It’s starting to feel like fall here! I was driving yesterday and the trees are starting to turn colours and it looks gorgeous. That also means I spend a large part of my drives to and from work trying to dodge farm equipment, but what can you do.

So this smoothie is dairy-free. I’ve talked about lactose intolerance here, so I won’t get in to that. Some people feel better from not drinking milk and eating milk products. If your body can tolerate them, there is not reason not to consume them. Your body needs the calcium and vitamin D, whether you’re younger and still building and growing your bones, or whether you’re older and trying to maintain your bone health. Almonds are a good alternative source of calcium, though you won’t get the added vitamin D. A 1/4 cup of whole almonds will contain roughly 10% of the recommended daily amount of calcium, so that’s a good start if you’re avoiding dairy. By throwing both almond milk and almond butter in this smoothie, we’re getting a little bit of calcium to make up for the regular milk I normally add. At Community Food Advisor training last week, we got to sample different alternate milks, so this is all still fresh in my mind. I’d tried almond, rice, and soy milks before, but I got to try hemp milk, goat milk, and kefir. Kefir isn’t necessarily lactose free, but it contains bacteria that help you digest it more easily. Goat milk also doesn’t contain lactose so it’s the traditional option for people looking to avoid lactose. The hemp milk was similar to rice or almond milk, it just had a bit of a ropey taste to it. Like when I chewed on a hemp necklace or something when I was little.

This recipe makes 1 (Magic Bullet sized) serving. The pictures are taken directly in the cup because I was drinking it while running around the house getting ready to head to Crossfit and work.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana, peeled, divided into chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup almond milk (more if the smoothie is still too thick for your liking, I keep mine pretty thick)
  1. Do you really need instructions for a smoothie?
  2. Throw all ingredients in a blender/Magic Bullet/Ninja/whatever you choose.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Drink quickly while running around doing a million other things.
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