Start each day a delicious dose of happiness! This Almond Milk Smoothie is dairy free, full of fresh fruit flavor and packs a Vitamin C punch!
The new year often brings new resolutions. Did you make any this year? I stopped making resolutions a while back, but I do like to use the new year as a chance to re-evaluate current habits, goals, and decisions, and then look forward with more clarified direction.
One of the habits that I forged a couple of years ago was making smoothies several times a week. The kids have always loved the Watermelon Strawberry Smoothies we've made, and my son and I used to make our "Alien Goo Green Smoothies" (a name fun & fitting when he was younger...now it's just a little gross. We're going back to simply calling them Green Smoothies!).
But I realize looking back over the last few months, we really haven't made many smoothies lately, especially dairy-free, almond milk smoothies. So what better time to bring them back than the start of a fresh new year, right?
Dairy-Free Vitamin C Smoothie with Almond Milk
I made these Vitamin C Almond Milk Smoothies during the coldest week we've seen in a long time in Portland, and they honestly helped perk me right back up. My kids love almost anything with strawberries in them, and lately we've been on an orange kick, so I decided to pump up the Vitamin C even more with a little grated carrot.
I know that Vitamin C isn't the all magic vitamin that fully deflects colds and keeps you healthy on its own, but anything that can help even a little bit in giving us a healthy boost during cold season is a good thing in my book.
I thought about all of this as I volunteered in my daughter's school and listened to all the coughing and sniffling in the various classrooms and then watched the nose wiping in the hallway... yep, anything that can help give us a little vitamin boost is definitely welcome during this time!
The result of this trio of Vitamin C-rich ingredients is an almond milk smoothie that is deliciously sweet, but not too sweet, since it's tempered by the earthiness of the carrots.
The almond milk gives it a nice creamy texture. I love Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk, but you can certainly substitute full-dairy milk here as well if you prefer and don't need to worry about casein (milk protein) as I do.
I have to admit: it feels good to be back in the habit of making smoothies again. We don't drink them for weight loss or as part of any diet – my kids and I love smoothies just because they taste good. It's an absolute bonus that these come packed with fruits and veggies!
Dairy-Free Vitamin C Almond Milk Smoothie
- 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk
- 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 orange peeled and cut into small pieces
- ⅓ cup grated carrots
- Add all ingredients into a high powered blender. Start with the Almondmilk, then add the strawberries, orange pieces, and grated carrots. Process until well blended.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
What sort of foods do you try to stock up on during cold season? Any food/drink habits that dropped off for you last year that you hope to bring back this year?
I loved partnering with Almond Breeze to create this dairy-free smoothie recipe. As always, all opinions, recipes, and photos are my own. Thank you, dear readers, for supporting the brands that support making this blog possible!