I've got Valentine's Day on the brain big time.
Maybe it's because I love the holiday so much (any excuse to have a date night out with Bill and buy each other cheesy cards and gifts is alright by me!) or maybe it's because it's our last Valentine's Day as just a husband and wife. Either way, I keep thinking about it, wondering what it'll be like (I'll be soooooo pregnant), wondering if our little man will be here beforehand, etc etc. I mean, there's a good chance we could be snuggling our new baby boy all night long come Feb 14th! Shoot! Crazy.
I'm sort of planning on him NOT being here...I've got a yummy dessert I for sure want to make Bill and am thinking about maybe even tackling a gourmet dinner at home. We'll see how that goes ;)
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I couldn't help but make something pink. I swore I wasn't that type of blogger...but alas, here I am. This post is entirely pink. See also: "Sticking My Foot in My Mouth."
Smoothies are a big thing in our home and we take them pretty seriously. I usually make batches each week filled with fruits, veggies and coconut water. But for this particular one, I wanted to make it more of a treat. Because smoothies can be treats. And treats are fun. Hey, it's not a milkshake...so we're still doing good.
I also wanted something easy, quick to prepare and super light in ingredients. Sometimes simple is the best. If you don't count the ice...which you really shouldn't because it's frozen water and come on...who cares about that sort of thing, you're looking at a little fun snack, using just 3 ingredients! 3 fresh, yummy, good for you, feel good ingredients. This sucker is refined sugar free (yay!), dairy free (make for your vegan friends!), and literally comes together in mere minutes! WIN!
VEGAN RASPBERRY COCONUT SMOOTHIE
For printable recipe, click here
- 1 cup organic light canned coconut milk, preferably cold
- 2 cups Driscoll's organic fresh raspberries, washed and dried
- 4 whole Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup ice cubes
1. Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth.
2. Pour into individual glasses and serve immediately.
Each serving has only 280 calories, 2 grams of protein, is 6% of your daily calcium (based on a 2,000 cal diet) and is completely refined sugar and dairy free! Guilt free at it's best. Plus, if you make sure to grab all the organic stuff, you can guarantee your family the very berry best (haha).
My husband and I loved this dang thing as an afternoon pick-me-up! It was just the right amount of creamy, sweet and tart! Plus, look at that color. I mean, sheesh.
Now enough with the healthy stuff. Bring on the sugary carbs.
*I was provided with the means to purchase Driscoll's berries and use them in a recipe. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All recipe pictures, opinions, and the recipe itself are my own.