Thursday, April 30, 2015

Morning Smoothies Featuring Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

When my son was little I used to plan out every single meal of the day. I hated wasting time wondering what we should eat, or going back and forth with the "what do you want to eat?" or "what do you feel like eating today?". I would seek out recipes that were new and exciting so that we were not eating scrambled eggs 7 days a week for breakfast. At some point, I came across smoothies. What I love about smoothies is the versatility and the fact that they can be personalized depending upon your taste preferences. For example, I like to eat fresh bananas, but I don't like anything with banana in it, or anything banana flavored. So, I can peel and eat a banana, but banana bread, strawberry banana smoothies, or banana flavored candy-No way! I have come a long way with my smoothie-making, and now try to tweak them to sneak in some delicious and nutritious ingredients. My newest add-in has been Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original.

As a member of the Blue Diamond Almond Tastemakers, I was given the opportunity to try their Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original. I have to say that I was very skeptical at first, as I have yet to have a good experience with coconut water. Not that coconut water and coconut milk are the same, but it was the only comparison I could make as I've never tried coconutmilk. I grew up drinking regular 2% milk, so oftentimes these alternative "milks" come off as thin and watery to me versus creamy and delicious. However, these other milks are great alternatives for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan, or for anyone who jut likes to switch it up every once in awhile. The Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original is dairy, soy, lactose, cholesterol, peanut, casein, egg, MSG and gluten-free, while containing only all-natural ingredients. In one serving (1 cup), this beverage contains 455mg of calcium, giving you 50% more calcium than a traditional cup of milk. It comes in shelf-stable or refrigerated varieties, and also these flavors: Original, Original Unsweetened, Vanilla and Vanilla Unsweetened. My kids already drink the regular Vanilla Almondmilk regularly, so now I want to try the Vanilla Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend.

I love the tropical flavor of the Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original. It has the perfect hint of coconut in it. We LOVE using this in smoothies to give us a calcium boost in addition to a hefty dose of Vitamins D and E. Below you can find my favorite recipe featuring Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original:

1 1/2 Cups     Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original
1/2 Cup     Vanilla Yogurt
 3 Cups     Frozen Mixed Berries
1/2 Cup     Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup     Slivered Almonds

I place the ingredients in the blender in the order they are written above to ensure that the liquid makes blending easy. My blender does an excellent job at emulsifying nuts and oats, but if yours doesn't I would not recommend adding them or you will have a chunky smoothie. I blend until it is smooth, pour and enjoy! Simple, healthy and absolutely delightful! Plus, it's pretty!

We have been enjoying our Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Original, and give it 10 stars:

If you are wondering were you can purchase Almond Breeze products near you, you can check out their locator HERE.
You know its good when my 3 year old bathes herself in it!

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