This almond joy smoothie is perfect for adults, kids, breakfast and even dessert. If you enjoy it for breakfast, the carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats will give you energy to start the day and keep you satiated (feeling fuller) for longer.

Do you shy away from coconut milk because it contains saturated fat? Don’t despair. Coconuts contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are different from the saturated fat found in animal products, long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). MCTs are quickly converted to energy and increase your metabolism. In contrast, LCTs are typically stored in your body as fat. In other words, coconuts can actually help you burn fat while animal fat can make you fat! In addition, only animal products contain cholesterol so coconuts are cholesterol-free!

Which coconut milk to use? If you want a rich coconutty flavor, opt for the full fat version by Thai Kitchen. For more convenience, a lighter feel and barely any coconut flavor, try the ones in the box, which is not my preference.

This almond joy smoothie is “really yummy!” (exact words by my husband) and makes you fee like you’re overindulging when you’re really not. Drink up and enjoy!

1 ½ cups organic chocolate soymilk
1 ripe banana
½ cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp ground flax (optional)

Blend and serve.

Serves 2; makes 4 cups

Nutritional information*: 265 Calories, Total Fat 12.2 g, Saturated Fat 2.2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 79.7 mg, Potassium 515.9 mg, Total Carbohydrates 34.5 g, Fiber 4.8 g, Protein 8.7 g.
*SparkPeople® recipe calculator

©Mindful Eating, Michelle Sugiyama, 2014