I thought that once Emma was back at school and we settled into our weekly routine things would settle down a bit, but instead of having time to chill, our days have gotten busier! Like most mums, I feel like I’ve been running around making sure everyone’s needs are covered except my own, and have been ignoring my wellbeing in the process. Working late, not getting enough sleep, skipping meals, and making pretty poor food choices had not been conducive to me feeling healthy.
I always try to ensure Emma has breakfast before heading off to school, and while she is eating I jump in the shower, which means I skip breakfast altogether. But not any more!
I’ve found the perfect and super tasty solution to add more plant based nutrition to my day – smoothies made with Vitasoy plant milks and lots of fruit and veggies. They are quick and easy to prepare, and not only am I feeling better, Emma is loving them too.
I’m finding that after school pick-up Emma is famished, she has after school activities four afternoons a week and we are often just running from school to home and back out the door again. The girl needs an energy boost and a smoothie is quick snack in a cup we can both enjoy to keep the afternoon grumbles at bay.
I love experimenting with flavour combinations when it comes to making smoothies and I’ve got to admit, sometimes my creativity doesn’t always pay off (taste wise). But I’ve hit on some winners too, and today I’m sharing our three favourite smoothie recipes made with Vitasoy Coconut, Almond, and Soy milks. I use a bullet blender to make my smoothies, but a regular or stick blender will work just fine too.
3 Smoothie Recipes the whole family will LOVE!
I love the flavour of coconut milk, it reminds me of being on holiday. Vitasoy Unsweetened Coconut milk is made using real coconut and has no added sugar. You can use fresh or frozen berries for this recipe depending on what’s in season. If you want a liquid smoothie use fresh or defrosted berries. For a thick sorbet like consistency, perfect for a smoothie bowl, use frozen berries.
COCO-BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE
1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup Vitasoy unsweetened Coconut Milk
Blend till smooth. Top with fresh berries and desiccated coconut as a special treat.
Banana, Peanut Butter & Almond Milk Shake
This milkshake is Emma’s absolute favourite afternoon snack. Vitasoy Almond Milk is made from Aussie grown whole almonds, is fortified with calcium, and has a delicious nutty taste. With a whole banana and peanut butter, this shake is full of energy to keep her going till dinner time.
If you like more of a ‘thickshake’ consistency, use frozen bananas instead.
BANANA, PEANUT BUTTER & ALMOND MILK SHAKE RECIPE
1 heaped tbsp of your favourite peanut butter
1 cup Vitasoy unsweetened Almond Milk
Blend till smooth. Top with banana chips, nuts and cocoa nibs as a special treat.
Cinti’s Avocado & Pear Green Super Smoothie
Green smoothies may be synonymous with healthy eating, but in some of my past experiences they don’t always taste that great. Well I’ve cracked the code and created a smoothie packed with nutrition that tastes amazing too!
Made with Vitasoy Calci Plus soy milk that’s rich in calcium and vitamin D, which is great news for my bone health, as well as nutrient rich avocado and spinach, and high fibre pear, I’m loving how good this combo is for me.
I know that pear, soy, spinach and avocado sound a little odd together, but the result is a deliciously silky, nutty and naturally sweet smoothie that has the smooth consistency similar to custard. I like to make this one in a bowl too and top it with fruit and muesli for breakfast.
AVOCADO & PEAR GREEN SUPER SMOOTHIE RECIPE
1/2 cup (handful) baby spinach leaves
1/2 pear cored with skin on
1/2 cup Vitasoy Calci Plus Soy Milk
Blend till smooth, serve in a cup or bowl. Top with pumpkin seeds, fruit and/or muesli for an interesting breakfast alternative.
I hope you’ll give my Vitasoy smoothies a try, it’s a really easy and tasty way to add more plant based nutrition to your family’s day.
I’ve been feeling much better since I’ve stopped skipping breakfast and started including more nutrient rich foods into my diet. Now I just need to get some more sleep and I’m all set.
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