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AIP Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Not all smoothies are mean and green. This AIP strawberry banana smoothie is simple and delicious.
A Bit About MCT Oil
This smoothie calls for a teaspoon of MCT oil. You may be wondering what that is and why you might want to add it to your drink.
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. The body processes this fat quickly and easily through the liver.
MCTs are found in coconut oil, but you can use MCT for this smoothie if you have it handy.
Consumption of MCTs encourages production of ketones. You may have heard of ketogenic diets. The goal of these programs is for the participant to achieve a state of ketosis, where the body uses fat for its main energy source.
You can see why this might be an aid in losing weight! But MCTs have other benefits too.
MCTs that contain lauric acid can contribute to a healthy gut, which can help reduce inflammation. Some proponents of MCT say it aids in eliminating “brain fog” as well.
This ingredient is optional, but it’s certainly worth a shot!
Troubleshooting Your Smoothie
The magical part of this recipe (and most smoothie recipes) is its simplicity. Five ingredients, boom, done!
But sometimes food prep is like renovating a home. Even the simplest of projects can turn into an ordeal. So too with smoothies.
One potential hazard of this recipe is in the blending. If you’re a smoothie junkie, you probably already invested in a powerful blender that takes ice to task.
If not, you might have to coddle your machine a bit. Start with the liquids, and then add your fruit. Get that going at a slow speed, then add ice and increase the speed.
Make sure you don’t overfill your blender. Most should be able to handle this recipe, but use your judgment as you begin adding ingredients.
If you find this version too thin for your liking, you can try using frozen strawberries and less ice.
Dairy Swaps for AIP
You may be missing your milk, yogurt, and cheese on autoimmune protocol. While some swaps are fairly straightforward, like the coconut milk in this smoothie, other dairy products can be harder to pull off.
Check out this article on delicious dairy alternatives for AIP. You’ll get suggestions on how to substitute all of your favorites, from cheese to yogurt to ice cream.
Try them out! You might just find some must-have foods to add to your pantry.
A sweet treat for on-the-go fuel
- 8 strawberries
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) MCT oil
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk
- 1 cup of ice
- Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend well.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 169
- Sugar: 15 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 28 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 1 g