Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Silk. However, all opinions are my own.
In efforts to better burn fat as fuel for my distance running I have been focusing on a generally no sugar and no grain diet. In defining sugar-free, I adhere to avoiding added sugar. I do not worry about natural sugar in fruit, which is my main source of carbohydrates, although I do try to eat more low glycemic index fruit (see my article on formulating keto smoothies for more on that). Berries are great for making lower glycemic index smoothies. If you want to cut the carbs down more, leave out the blueberries or substitute them with strawberries. This smoothie can be keto-diet friendly with that adjustment. I also aim to eat a good amount of foods with healthy fats, such as avocados. So, in looking for a filling smoothie, I turned right away to avocados and berries. Then, using Unsweetend Silk Almond Milk as my liquid, I was able to add another gram of protein while keeping the smoothie low calorie and sugar free. It is dairy free as well.
The great thing about avocados in smoothies is that the fat in the avocado really fills you up. I can drink this smoothie for breakfast and be full until lunch. Avocado also adds a wonderfully creamy texture to smoothies. I love to add it when using fresh fruit to help thicken the smoothie. If you are not a huge fan of the taste of avocado, it is pretty much covered up by the taste from the berries and the Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in the recipe. If you want more avocado taste, put more in the recipe and cut back on the berries slightly.
Using Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk is also key to this recipe. There is no need to use sweetened nut milks in fruit smoothies. The fruit add their own natural sweetness. By purchasing unsweetened, you are able to make a smoothie that is free of any added sugar and also cut the calories. Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk has only 30 calories per serving! That helps keep the calorie total down in this recipe. Meanwhile, it has 50% more calcium than dairy milk, is an excellent source of vitamin E, has no cholesterol or saturated fat, is free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, and MSG, and has no artificial colors or flavors. It is also verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program. Lots to love there! I also love the flavor that almond milk adds to smoothies, especially vanilla almond milk.
Making the smoothie is easy. I give measurements in the recipe, but you can also simply go by feel and toss in a handful of each berry type, half of an avocado, and about 1 and 1/2 cups of Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. I used vanilla flavor, but you can get unflavored as well. If you want a bit more protein, Silk also makes a dairy-free almond yogurt that you could add. Or toss in a handful of nuts.
The finished smoothie is seriously good. It has a nice berry taste and very creamy texture. Seriously, if you have not tried avocado in a smoothie, do it. The creamy texture is amazing. Almond milk also helps add a creamy texture.
You can find Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. At mine it is near the dairy section. Learn more about Silk Almond Milk and sign up for their email to get a coupon.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263 Total Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 246mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 14g Sugar: 13g Protein: 5g
Note: This recipe’s nutrition is calculated for the tall Nutribullet cup. If you split it into two small glasses as pictured, cut everything in half on the totals.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.