I’ve been on a purely liquid diet for almost two weeks now, and as I’m sure at least a few of you can understand, I’d lob off a few toes if it meant I could have some pasta. When I was first diagnosed with gastroparesis, this meant lots of juice, yogurt drinks, and chicken broth. This time around, my creativity is full force so that I can have some hella delicious liquids. It’s not pasta, but it’ll do. One of those amazing liquid meals is this strawberry kiwi smoothie.
I know it looks more like a watermelon smoothie- maybe that’ll make an appearance over the summer. Oh, well.
One of the biggest struggles I’ve had with smoothies is how sugar-loaded they can be, especially if you use juice as a liquid base and add honey as a sweetener. To reduce that holy-crap-I-just-drank-a-liquid-sugar-cube feeling, I do a few things different from most standard recipes– starting with the base. I almost always use organic coconut water (as the liquid base of my smoothies; it doesn’t have a strong flavor, but it does have plenty of potassium. My favorite is Naked’s organic coconut water. I also add small amounts of vegetables to my smoothies when possible– while carrots and beets are common add-ins, this smoothie has spinach.
I know I’ve mentioned it in older posts, but it’s worth mentioning again: getting a great blender is one of the best investments you’ll make if you have gastroparesis. My Blendtec has been worth every penny, and made it so much easier for me to get the nutrients I need. Especially when I go down as hard as I have in the past few weeks.
Also worth mentioning: always strain your smoothies through a fine mesh strainer if you have any concern about the fiber. I’d definitely recommend it for the strawberry portion of this smoothie (or any type of berry) because of the un-blendable seeds.
So, without further ado, ready to make this sweet and sour strawberry kiwi smoothie? This is how you can:
- -1 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced
- -1/2 cup coconut water
- -1/4 cup frozen mango
- -1 handful fresh spinach
- -6 frozen strawberries
- -1/2 cup coconut water
- -1/2 banana
- Add all "kiwi" ingredients to a blender; blend until completely combined and smooth. Pour into a glass, after straining if necessary.
- After washing out the blender jar, add all "the strawberry" portion of ingredients and blend until combined and smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of the seeds, and then pour into the center of the kiwi smoothie.
- Serve immediately.