Monday, March 31, 2008

Recipe: Low Carb Very Berry Coconutty Smoothie

Smoothies are a quick, easy way to make a tasty low carb drink. Depending on my schedule, I sometimes use them as a quick meal replacer. With the weather finally starting to warm up, I find myself making them more often. One of my recent favorites uses a coconut milk base. Along with the great taste, coconut milk contains Lauric Acid, which is a proven antiviral and antibacterial agent. The great berry flavor comes from frozen strawberries and some raspberry sugar-free syrup.

Very Berry Coconutty Smoothie
1 can coconut milk
6 large frozen strawberries
6 ice cubes
2 Tbsp Da Vinci Raspberry Syrup*
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Optional: Scoop of whey protein

Place all ingredients in to a blender and liquify. Pour in to an insulated mug and enjoy.

The entire pitcher contains approximately 16 grams of carbs...closer to 19 if you add the protein powder. While this recipe is not for those on Atkins induction, it is just fine for maintenance or Barry Groves fans. (His plan allows up to 60g of carbs per day.)

* If not available, use whatever sugar replacer you prefer. 2 packets of Splenda and 2 packets of Equal works well.


Anonymous said...

yummy, sounds so good, and I love getting as much coconut in my system as possible. Just had a big cup of chai tea with coconut oil floating on top. Sounds yucky. Looks yucky. Taste great and one way I get my 3 tbsp. a day.

Wifezilla said...

I am loving what coconut is doing for me too. It helps me keep my fat levels up, it tastes great, and it is so good for your skin. Sometimes I add coconut oil to coffee. I even started making FRESH coconut milk. Good stuff!

Abifae said...

while i am confused about why you would add any sweetener to something with strawberries in it, or with coconut milk in it, it sounds otherwise delicious and i will have to make room in the budget for ingredients :)


Wifezilla said...

Hee hee hee. Abi, you know how I am.

MrsMenopausal said...

These sound delicious. I need more memory space. My recipe folder is bulging at the seams.
Thanks for sharing it!
Coconut oil is also a great oil to use for a hot oil treatment for your hair. Heat it up, massage it in, cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for a while. Shampoo and condition. Really deep conditions your hair.

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VernsWifeVickie said...

This sounds absolutely yummy! Thaks for sharing.