Today I am sharing with you the last smoothie of the year! It’s a sweet one, healthy, low-calorie and made with my favorite fruit, strawberries!
I just love strawberries and I haven’t really had anything made with strawberries in a long time. This smoothie has it all! A wonderful strawberry flavor, a pop of orange and it’s oh so creamy smooth!! It’s perfect for me to say goodbye to 2013!
When making this smoothie my blender took a crapper on me. Sigh… I have a Ninja blender which worked like a dream until I made this smoothie. I guess I need to invest in a new blender, I’m thinking the Vitamix. It seems like that blender makes everyone pretty happy. I am disappointed because this blender only lasted me a couple of years. Lucky I have a back up blender so I can make today’s smoothie. Otherwise I would have been pretty upset.
This smoothie is made with a blend of orange juice, coconut milk, greek yogurt and a pinch of stevia to sweetened it up. It’s all great ingredients and full of protein and fiber. This smoothie is very filling too!!!
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen
- ½ cup greek yogurt, plain 0% fat
- ½ cup coconut milk from carton (not canned) or milk of choice
- ¼ cup orange juice (I used Tropicanna 50)
- ¼ tsp. stevia (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
I thought I would give you a little health update. I went to the doctors and got my lab results for finding out if I am lactose intolerant. I was tested for Celiac, lactose and fructose. I got a negative on everything, which is a good thing. What the doctor found is that I have a bacterial over-growth in my intestine. That is what caused the empty feeling in my stomach, weight gain and the bloating. The doctor put me on antibiotics for 10 days. He said this will re-boot my system. I all ready feel great and my stomach has flattened out! Yah! I lost 5 lbs in two days taking the antibiotics. It goes to show how much I was bloated! So I am happy to report that I can have dairy again! However, I am going to limit my intake of it. I am also going to limit my intake of carbs too. I want to start 2014 on a good health note, so I am going to up my protein, eat more vegetables and limit my fruit to a couple of servings a day. I think I was really over-doing the fruit. I am not sure what caused the infection, but now I need to keep an eye on what I am eating. I think to much of anything is not good, including healthy food. Yes, I said that, but it’s true. Will that mean, I’ll eat junk? Of course not! My body is a machine and I need to keep it fueled with good things!
So that’s it for me! Have a great day and Happy Smoothie Monday!