This past week I lugged 2 gallons of coconut milk, 30 bananas, 14 lemons, 12 packs of frozen strawberries, almond butter, measuring cups, marketing materials, a Vitamix motor and cap out to Long Island in a dress and heels for a smoothie workshop.

blenderI was all ready to go and excited to make some delicious smoothies when I realized I forgot one key item: the actual BLENDER. My hands clasped over my mouth. I didn’t tell anyone because I was determined to find a solution. I walked out into the office area, where I must have looked lost, because an employee asked me if I was looking for the copy machine, to which I responded, “No, but I am looking for a blender.” He directed me to the cafeteria where I procured two bar blenders– problem solved. Phew. If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the years, it’s– there’s always a solution if you decide there is one.

The way this works out, is the employees (if you’re reading this now, hi!) got to try delicious smoothies, and you, yes, you, can recreate it by following the recipe below.

But first! some helpful hints for you:

  1. Let your bananas go brown- they’re sweetest when they start to go spotty and perfect for smoothies. Once they begin to spot, you can peel them, cut them into pieces, and stick them in a plastic bag in your freezer. They’re easy to add to smoothies this way. BONUS: If you have an ice cream craving, try bending up the frozen bananas to make “ice cream.”
  2. Berries are a great fruit to add, since they are low glycemic and are a whole food. What do I mean by this? We consume berries as a whole, with the skin, fruit, and seeds. As a whole food, your body knows exactly what to do with it and you get the benefits of each part, acting together to nourish you.
  3. Lemon will add a bit of tanginess to the smoothie, AND when you begin to add greens (go ahead, I dare you), the acidity in the lemon will counter the bitterness in the greens. How cool is that?
  4. As we discussed last week, in every smoothie and every meal you always want three things: Fiber, fat, and protein. This smoothie only has fiber. So how can you easily get fat and protein? Almond butter! The fat and protein in nuts will help slow down the absorption of the sugar in the fruit to give you more sustained energy. You can find some more cool mix-ins for your smoothie here.

Alright, let’s talk about this delicious smoothie…

Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie

Yield: Serves 1


  • 1 cup slightly thawed frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Blend strawberries, banana, coconut milk, lemon juice, and water until smooth.

Source: Whole Living –

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