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Creamy Banana Mango Breakfast Smoothie- Dairy & Soy Free!

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Smoothies are a great breakfast option for days when you don’t have time to cook, or want your breakfast to go or in a hurry.
I try to keep my blender in plain sight in my kitchen so I am reminded to use it in the morning to make nutrient packed smoothies (just a tip!).

I love creaminess in my smoothies, not a big fan of just pure fruit and ice. But I don’t want to use milk or soy, so instead I use coconut milk. It’s not the coconut milk from a can used in Thai cooking, but rather it comes in a milk carton and is low in fat and tastes refreshing. I personally like this brand, available in select grocery stores.

http://www.kokodairyfree.com/

This recipe is super simple, and I like the fact that there are no berries involved, unlike most smoothies.

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Ingredients:

1 banana
1/2 cup of frozen mangoes (now you don’t need any ice)
1 tbsp of honey
1 cup of coconut milk

Instructions:

Everything into a blender and blend until smooth(ie). That was easy! 🙂

From the KoKo Dairy Free website:

Unique, great tasting, dairy free alternatives to milk

+ Made from freshly pressed coconut milk.
+ Naturally free of lactose, cow’s milk protein, soya and gluten.
+ Ideal for anyone with lactose, cow’s milk protein, soya or gluten intolerance.
+ Suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and coeliacs.
+ Cholesterol free and with calcium and fat levels matched to semi-skimmed milk. A naturally healthy
option for all to enjoy.
+ Palatable and versatile to use as drinks and in cooking.

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The White Stuff

The dilemma: you love cereal for breakfast (or snacks!) and need that creamy, cold, refreshing “white stuff” to drown it in, but you dont want milk.

We’ve all tried different kinds of white stuff (soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk) or sometimes its kind of gray… (rice milk…). Finally after many attempts I am happy to report  a winner not only in taste and appearance but also in nutritional value.
Coconut Milk, this brand in particular (purchased from Ocado in London) is delicious. The taste is sweet yet mild, the shade of white is just right AND its good for you!
Coconuts are highly nutritious. Rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals: iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. LACTOSE FREE! Soya free, gluten free, cholesteral free!
Depending on the type of coconut milk you get, for example coconut cream or milk, the fat content can be quite high. So pay attention. The good thing is the fats are mostly MCFA’s (medium fatty chain acids). These fats are rapidly metabolized into energy by the liver, so they are used up quickly and are less likely to be stored as fat (unlike other saturated fights from animals). However, moderation is always key!

This type of coconut milk (less concentrated) only has 1.9g of fat per 100ml. One 250ml glass provides 37.5% of recommended calcium and vitamins D2 and B12.

Yum!