Just because you’re into eating like a caveman doesn’t mean you don’t occasionally want to take your fancy expensive high-speed blender for a spin, am I right? Whether you are late for work, or wanting a post CrossFit snack, smoothies just make sense sometimes. For me, smoothies are a great use for tired and wilted greens that just didn’t quite get eaten during the week. (These work just as well from the freezer, by the way, so don’t EVER throw them out.)
If you are following the autoimmune protocol, or are avoiding dairy, finding an appropriate protein for your smoothie can be tricky. Enter collagen hydrolysate. I use Great Lakes Gelatin. Derived from grass-fed beef, this tasteless white powder is a nearly complete protein. It makes a great addition to your smoothie and boasts numerous health benefits. It is soothing to the gut and provides building blocks for skin, hair, and joints.
Paleo AIP Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mangoes
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- handful of greens of your choice
- 1 kiwi
- 2 tablespoons collagen hydrolysate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cup water
- Even if you have a fancy high-speed blender you may have discovered that the smoothie making process proceeds more smoothly if you add frozen fruit from largest/hardest to softest. Add your fruit one by one, as listed, pulsing in between. (You don’t have to peel the kiwi; just make sure it’s organic and wash it well.)
- Add coconut oil, collagen hydrolysate and water, and blend thoroughly. Be careful not to go hog-wild with the blending because the friction from some machines will begin to warm your smoothie.
- Blend until you have reached your desired consistency, but don’t walk away.
This recipe works with infinite variations, and does not even require your fruit to be frozen. When using fruit at room temperature, add half a cup of ice cubes to get a frosty texture. Or, if you’re picky about watered-down smoothies, puree some fruit ahead of time and freeze it as ice cubes. You’re welcome.