As we've mentioned ad nauseam we don't do cow's breast milk. It's not designed for our species. Plus you'll get more protein and calcium from the other ingredients in our smoothie recipes.
There's plenty of great plant based liquids that suit. You'll see that most of our recipes recommend coconut water or almond milk, but you can substitute them for any of the others here. We just think they taste the best.
Coconut water contains all six essential electrolytes which means not only is it a hangover helper but it will hydrate tired skin. The reason it's our top pick is the subtle sweetness. If you're a No-Fructose Frank you can create a delicious recipe without even needing our recommended sweeteners. Or you just use a little less.
You can make homemade almond milk, as it's better than anything you'll be able to buy, but we also know that people are phoebic to effort. The truth is, it's hard to find plant based milks with serious nutrition because they just don't contain that many almonds. If you can find a recipe with as few ingredients as possible, and as short a shelf life as possible, then you're on the right track. It should be in the supermarket fridge, not in a tetra pack in the aisle. The more perishable, the better.
But despite the lack of nutrients, almond milk is still great for smoothies. It helps create a creamy texture. You'll notice a big difference if you use water, instead of almond milk, even though store bought almond milk is predominately water.
This is a tricky ingredient. There's the canned coconut milk which is a popular ingredient in curries and plant based cooking. It's full of fat and flavour. Use sparingly and avoid any ingredient labels with preservatives. You can use these with smoothies, just use less than half a cup and top up with water.
And then there is the new coconut milk variety which is sold alongside almond milk. It's made by blending coconut flesh with water and then filtering out the pulp. It's not actually milk from a coconut. This is lighter than the canned stuff and a great smoothie ingredient. We're just hesitant to recommend it in our recipes because of the double coconut milk confusion. Plus a lot of recipes, like the ones from Vitasoy and So Delicious, are full of stabilisers, sugar and emulsifiers.
The cheapest liquid you'll find and providing you filter it, you'll never be exposed to cheeky ingredients. No calories, no fructose, no preservatives. You can see why it features heavily on weight-loss websites.
The big issue we have with water is that it makes you're smoothie thin. A green smoothie will literally taste 'watered-down'. However, this can be overcome. If you have a handful of nuts or seeds in your recipe, as we often do, then you're effectively making your own nut milk at the same time as you make the smoothie. Creamy efficiency.
Simple to make and full of antioxidants. It absolutely get's our tick of approval. If you have some suitable recipes then absolutely go for it. You won't see it mentioned too often on here because we want something creamier. We need that smoothie texture and we don't like our liquid having too much control on the flavour.
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