Because I’ve got something better. It’s still pretty and unicorny (I realize that’s not a word) but it’s not loaded with sugar and ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Here’s the thing…I’m all about being fun and festive, but I want to look and feel good too.
And a drink with 75 grams of sugar isn’t doing any of us any favors.
So here’s what I made instead…
a layered unicorn smoothie.
See, isn’t it pretty? Shoutout to my friend Keri for the violet inspo.
Here’s what I used:
Frozen strawberries are available year round. Berries are a heavily sprayed crop, so I buy organic whenever possible. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Vitamin C helps support your body with collagen production.
Frozen blueberries don’t have as much vitamin C, but are a good source of vitamin K and numerous antioxidants. Studies have shown that blueberry consumption can even improve cognitive function.
I wanted my smoothie to taste really rich and creamy, so I used full fat coconut milk (the kind that comes in a can.) When I opened the can it was totally separated, so I threw it all in the blender and blended on low to combine it, then poured it into a glass jar to store in the fridge. I only needed a little bit of the coconut milk for the smoothie and saved the rest to use in coffee.
You may have noticed I’m obsessed with collagen peptides. It’s because they are easy to blend into just about anything, and I have seen real results with continued use. I’m talking firmer, healthier skin and nails that grow like crazy. So of course I threw some in!
Frozen berries tend to be pretty tart, so I used a little bit of liquid vanilla stevia to sweeten. You could also use coconut sugar.
I just threw this together without any measurements…smoothies are something that you can totally improvise with.
I usually let frozen berries thaw a bit…otherwise they are like little rocks. I started with the strawberries…threw them in my Vitamix with some of the coconut milk, a splash of water, a scoop of collagen peptides and a few drops of liquid stevia. Blended till it was smooth and poured into my glass. Did the same thing with blueberries, except didn’t add the collagen. Poured on top of the strawberry smoothie layer. Garnish with something pretty, like violets (from an unsprayed lawn, of course) or a few berries. Enjoy!
Like everything I post, this is sooo adaptable. Frozen cherries would have been great for the pink layer, but I didn’t have any on hand. You can use whatever liquid you like. In the summer I love coconut water in my blended drinks.
You will notice in the picture that my smoothie was not very large. The coconut milk made it very rich and filling. In general, I think people tend to go overboard with the size of their fruit smoothies, especially when they contain sweeter fruits like bananas and mango.
The point is this…you can enjoy great tasting, festive treats that are actually doing something for your body.
So, can my unicorn smoothie help you feel happy, healthy and hot? Absolutely!
You will be happy with a pretty and festive drink that tastes amazing. It is loaded with healthy ingredients. Those ingredients not only keep you energized, they also give you gorgeous skin, nails and hair….very hot!
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