Fruit Smoothies

carrot juice and banana smoothie

I recently felt well enough to have a quick dinner with a great friend, past roommate, and fellow blogger, Erica, of Founded in Flavor. Yay! Sipping my soup, eyeing Erica’s beautiful and colorful meal, and brainstorming ideas with her brilliantly creative mind got me excited to share a few recipes with you!

This near liquid-only diet has definitely been a bit more fun than I originally thought. I am able to follow my guidelines with some flexibility, which is wonderful. Following my guidelines to the best of my ability on most days has slightly decreased the frequency of my intense and unpredictable GI symptoms.

With my frequent hypokalemia (low potassium), I use frozen banana slices in place of ice for all smoothies. I package them in airtight, reusable containers to maintain nutrients and freshness. Once again, hat tip to another for the frozen banana slice tip. Community over competition!

If you’re reading this and thinking you need more fiber, stay tuned, those recipes are coming as I am not the only one in our home. Kyle loves to eat and I love to cook for him. I hope you’re able to gain benefit from these recipes in the meantime.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Flesh from 1 dragon fruit
  • 2 frozen, sliced bananas
  • Splash of coconut milk (just enough to help liquefy the other ingredients)
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil*

Directions:

  1. Blend dragon fruit, bananas, coconut milk, and coconut oil* in blender for one minute.

We have been using a juicer (Breville) for almost a year and half. On days my nausea makes it impossible to ingest or keep down food, juicing was, and still is, my personal saving grace. And that was before my amazing team of medical professionals began informing me that I need a low fiber diet. Sometimes, I opt for fresh juice in our smoothies in place of, or in addition to, whatever milks we use. Depending on what my body is telling me, I will switch out whole milk, 2% milk, coconut milk, and cashew milk. I have found the cashew milk does make me slightly more bloated some days. The fact that it is only some days, leads me to believe there may be another culprit interacting with the cashew milk. On days that my stomach is particularly sensitive, we will peel all the skins from fruits, like apples and pears, before juicing to help pacify my temperamental gut.

Carrot Juice Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 4 md/lg carrots
  • 3 frozen, sliced bananas
  • Splash of coconut milk (optional for consistency)
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil*

Directions:

  1. Juice carrots
  2. Blend carrot juice, bananas, coconut milk, and coconut oil* in blender for one minute.
carrot juice and banana smoothie
Carrot Juice Smoothie

Morning Blast Smoothie

This smoothie makes the morning a blast! It punches Vitamins A and C, potassium, manganese, magnesium, biotin, beta-carotene, B-6, and B-12.

Ingredients:

  • 2 md carrots
  • 4 strawberries, hulled
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 1 mandarin, peeled
  • 3 frozen, sliced bananas
  • Few splashes of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil*

Directions:

  1. Juice carrots, strawberries, mandarin, and apple.
  2. Blend with bananas, coconut oil, and a few splashes of coconut milk (enough to liquefy the smoothie)
Banana Smoothie
Morning Blast Smoothie

*I add coconut oil and sometimes milk powder or Vega vanilla protein powder for additional nutrients at the guidance of my RDN. I use the Vega protein powder lightly because something in it, I presume the sweetness, upsets my belly.

Vega protein powder

I’ll continue to do what it takes to move forward on my path to wellness. Although our paths may vary, I hope we can continue sharing information. If anyone has suggestions for a different (less sweet) protein powder, please leave me a comment!

Thank you and Vaya con Dios.

 

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