When you begin to explore the world of healthy eating and living, it’s easy to become entranced by delectable superfood powders and ingredients that originate in exotic places. Nearly a decade ago, when I left my non-profit job to pursue holistic nutrition and culinary nutrition, my culinary nutrition pantry accumulated a variety of expensive powders for dairy-free smoothie recipes.
I quickly learned that those ingredients, while nutritious and delicious (well, usually delicious – some things like spirulina aren’t too popular in our nutrition circles), weren’t sustainable financially or environmentally. Time and experience have taught me that the true superfoods in our diets are local, easy to find all around us, and can be very affordable. This is the basis of my new book Simple Superfood Smoothies – and I’m sharing three dairy-free smoothie recipes from the book for you to enjoy!
These dairy-free smoothie recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free, anti-inflammatory, kid-friendly and of course super tasty!
Almond Butter + Jelly Smoothie
This lunchbox classic is reinvented without the bread or peanut butter and it tastes so darn good you won’t miss either.
Featured Superfood Ingredient: Nuts and Seeds
Why It’s Nutritious: Nut butters like almond butter are packed with protein, fibre, health-building fats and antioxidants. Strawberries, like all berries, are a good source of fibre and vitamin C, and have been celebrated for their anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Mango Turmeric Green Smoothie
Fresh or frozen mango is lovely in smoothies, but it’s also quite sweet. Combining it with dark leafy greens, anti-inflammatory turmeric and a dollop of coconut yogurt or kefir helps to offset the sweetness and make a lovely breakfast, light lunch, or snack.
Featured Superfood Ingredient: Turmeric
Why It’s Nutritious: Turmeric is one of my favourite superfoods and it’s become a pantry spice that is very easy to find in most grocery stores. One of the main compounds in turmeric, called curcumin, is highly anti-inflammatory and can help protect against cancers, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune conditions. In addition, the dark leafy greens provide a host of vitamins and minerals and coconut kefir, as a fermented food, is great for digestion and immunity.
Substitution Options: Swap half or all of the spinach for another leafy green, or use hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead of ground almonds.
Anti-Inflammatory Cherry Berry Smoothie
In North America berries are plentiful during the summer months but thanks to the freezer aisle (or careful planning if you stash a summer bounty from your garden or farmers’ markets), you can enjoy tasty berries all year long.
Featured Superfood Ingredient: Common Berries
Why It’s Nutritious: Berries are rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compounds, and are a great source of fibre for good digestion and blood sugar balance. Plus, they provide a lovely natural sweetness. In this recipe, berries combine with cherries, which offer additional anti-inflammatory, pain-reducing power and they can help lift your mood and improve sleep quality.
Substitution Options: You can use any berry variety – either a single berry or a mix. Instead of almond butter, try tahini, sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter.
Grab your blender and get blending with these three simple dairy-free smoothie recipes!
Get Your Copy of Simple Superfood Smoothies
Canada: Amazon.ca / Chapters-Indigo