Ever want a smoothie, but don’t want one packed with sugar that will leave you hungry in half an hour? For a filling snack or meal without the insulin spike, consider this delicious coconut-based smoothie that is similar in taste and texture to a milkshake, but much more satisfying. It is even a fast on-the-go breakfast, and kids love it!
The protein in this smoothie comes from the gelatin powder and egg yolks, while the coconut milk and coconut oil provide beneficial fats. If you are not comfortable consuming raw egg yolks or don’t have a trusted source, you can absolutely leave these out. If you are new to gelatin, I’d recommend starting with only a teaspoon or so a day and working up, as some people notice temporary digestive troubles from taking too much at once.
The banana is optional, or it can be replaced with strawberries or any other fruit.
"Brain Power" Smoothie
A filling and delicious smoothie with beneficial fats, protein and natural flavors gives you a great energy boost!
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 TBSP MCT oil or 2 TBSP coconut oil
- 2 TBSP gelatin powder (here's our favorite brand ... scroll down for the collagen peptides form of gelatin, this is best for smoothies)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 or more egg yolks
- 1 cup ice
- flavor(s) of choice: 1 TBSP organic cocoa powder, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 tsp cinnamon, etc.
- 1 banana (optional)
- Put all ingredients into blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth.
- Wasn't that easy?!
This recipe can be adapted to fit your preferences. You can use cold brewed coffee, tea, almond milk, or coconut water as the base and add other fruits or flavors. The main thing is to get the gelatin and coconut oil or MCT oil for the proteins and fats.
A Note on Egg Yolks: Many people feel uncomfortable using raw egg in any form. After much research, I feel comfortable giving my children raw egg yolks as long as I know and trust the source of the eggs, but as always, do your own research before consuming any food raw!
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