Peaches n' Cream Smoothie

 
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I tend to believe if I see "n' cream" on the end of anything, it's generally going to be awesome. Like this Blueberries n' Cream Smoothie. Probably because it typically means ice cream or whipped cream or heavy cream is involved. Yes, please.

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But today we're using coconut cream. How does one acquire coconut cream? Go buy a can of coconut milk and stick it in the fridge for a few hours. Turn it upside down, open the can and pour off the liquid you see on top. What you're left with is straight up, solid coconut cream. That's what you want. That's the money shot.

If you don't follow me on Instagram, you may be unaware of my sudden obnoxious obsession with peaches. What! This is my first summer in Georgia. And I'm currently eating 1-2 per day. I can't stop.

Peach obsession breakdown

  • One peach contains 3 grams of fiber.
  • Potassium, beta carotene and flavonoids steal the show as far as nutrients go. Flavonoids are like antioxidants on steroids.
  • They are in season from June - the end of August [we have lots more time!]
  • Don't squeeze your peaches to find out if they're ripe - they bruise easily! As long as they don't seem rock hard, they should be fine.
  • The funnest fact of all: Nectarines are essentially just peaches without the fuzz. They grew out of a natural mutation and are typically found wherever peaches are grown.

The ultra creaminess of this smoothie comes from a combination the coconut cream, frozen banana and avocado - yes, I said avocado. But you already know the velvety effect of avocado if you've ever made my Coconut Banana Ice Cream. Chia seeds are used to thicken it up to get that almost-milkshake texture, and a touch of vanilla just takes the flavor over the top. You can leave the protein out if you're having this for a snack, but it's for a meal, you'll want that extra boost. 

The PHFF stats

  • PROTEIN: Protein powder and a little from the chia seeds
  • HEALTHY FATS: Coconut cream, chia seeds and avocado
  • FIBER-RICH CARBS: peaches, banana, chia seeds (yes, chia seeds are a wonder food) and bonus - there's tons of fiber in avocado

The fiber content on this baby is no joke. So if you're some trouble keepin' it movin', whip one of these up and you'll be in good shape in no time! Haaaa poop joke. But seriously - the fat and fiber content in this smoothie makes it a perfect breakfast to have for some serious blood sugar stabilization all day. And blood sugar stabilization is sexy!!!

Peaches n' [Coconut] Cream Smoothie

Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo

Author: Megan Kober, RDN, LD

Prep time: 10 mins

Total time: 10 mins

Serves: 2

Creamy and rich peach smoothie perfect for breakfast, a snack or a treat.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 peaches
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 c coconut cream*
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 scoop high-quality vanilla protein powder (recommended: Designer Whey Protein)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Chop up fruit.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes so that chia seeds can soak.
  4. Blend! Add milk almond milk or ice, if needed. Sweeten to taste.

Serving size: 1/2 recipe

Fat: 20

Carbohydrates: 29

Sugar: 16

Fiber: 12

Protein: 20

Notes

*Buy a can of coconut milk, put it in the fridge overnight, and then open it upside down. Drain off the watery liquid and you'll be left with solid coconut cream.

Swap peaches for 1 1/2 oranges for a creamsicle smoothie.

Use all coconut cream instead of almond milk and freeze the peaches ahead of time for an ultra rich, mock peach milkshake.

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