I don’t understand milkshakes. Why?! Why have a milkshake if you could have a thickshake? I mean, what’s the point?! Someone, please explain it to me. Thickshakes I understand. They’re like icecream in drinkable form. Smoothies. I kind of get those too. They’re like frozen yoghurt in drinkable form. But milkshakes. Really? It’s like flavoured milk, in drinkable form. So call me weird, but I don’t really like milk on it’s own, and why have flavoured milk if you can have other awesome drinks instead? Rant ended. Smoothies. They just sound cool. Suave even. And delicious. I don’t even remember specifically how this recipe came about, but I think we were trying to figure out some new breakfast options. We have a nice glass blender, so we thought why not try a smoothie. I’ll admit, prior to this I never had much luck with smoothies, mainly because I wanted them to be thick like a thickshake, but healthy and therefore not have the required amount of icecream for that to ever occur. But for some reason, this recipe just worked perfectly first go. I love it when that happens. It’s thick like a thickshake, unbelievably healthy, surprisingly filling (our most filling breakfast choice), quick and delicious. It’s also easy to adapt to other flavours. Mmmm. Bananas have a decent whack of potassium and fibre and have an antacid effect! Worth giving a go if you have heartburn or stomach ulcers. Coconut milk, while given a bad report due to it’s fat content, is actually great for you. It has anti viral, fungal and bacterial properties. it’s also high in lauric acid, magnesium, phosphorous and can help regulate blood sugar.
Makes 3 large smoothies, created by me
1 cup coconut milk (you can use plain yoghurt, but I prefer the coconut and it keeps me fuller for way longer too)
1 cup coconut water
Honey or maple syrup (optional, to taste)
Other flavours (suggestions below)
Place all ingredients in a blender. Serve.
Notes and suggestions: Try adding a good sized cube of ginger (my favourite), a punnet of strawberries (second favourite), other berries, chia seeds, nutmeg or cinnamon, cocoa, peanut butter (or other nut butter), fruit of choice (like mango or passionfruit), baby spinach (or other greens), or anything else!
What would you put in your smoothie?