• Ricki

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I love green smoothies! Something very much like this one has been my breakfast most mornings over the past 2 weeks. I actually don’t find raw kale to be bitter at all–but maybe it’s just me? I think you’ve summed up the new carton-coconut milk perfectly: no real flavor, but it does add the “creaminess” factor very well. :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, I can taste the bitterness in smoothies. I don’t notice it in salads so much but when it’s concentrated it has a bite. We just have different palates, Ricki. :)

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  • Hallie @ Daily Bites

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve yet to try So Delicious, but it sounds like it’s a great addition to smoothies. Yours looks beautiful!

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  • Suzanne

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble but So Delicious Coconut milk is really not that healthy. There is so much junk in it. I’m a nutritionist. Though I was fooled by it in the beginning, I no longer am.

    You would be better making fresh coconut milk from a fresh coconut, a little more work but healthier. You could even make it out of coconut butter. Look up the recipes online.

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    Carolyn Reply:

    @Suzanne, I’m curious as to what you find offensive in the list of ingredients? Really, guar gum and xanthan gum could only be what you might balk at.

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    Beauty Bounty Reply:

    @Carolyn, Guar Gum and Carrageenan are both natural so not really a problem, however I would agree that there are concerns this product is so highly fortified with added-in vitamins. This shows that the product has been stripped of the naturally occurring nutrients in processing, and they are added back in afterwards. Of particular concern is the Vitamin A Palmitate, which is a SYNTHETIC replacement of Vit A made from PALM OIL (which is not only bad for you, it is having a huge environmental impact on natural habitats) and ALCOHOL. There have also been concerns about it’s connection with cancer as used in sunscreens. In addition, this product lists cane juice as it’s second ingredient. While cane juice is considered healthier than cane sugar due to less processing and therefore higher nutrient content, it is nevertheless SUGAR. This recipe does NOT qualify as a sugar-free recipe, that’s for sure! I would recommend homemade coconut milk or nut milk over a processed product, especially if you want the true benefits of RAW. Good luck :)

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  • Paula`

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    If you steam your kale or spinach before hand and put them in ice cube trays, there won’t be any bitterness at all. I think there’s something about those raw greens that’s not so great for you as well?? Can’t remember.

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    Beauty Bounty Reply:

    @Paula`, it’s probably the oxalic acid in greens you have heard about. From what I have read, raw food experts believe that oxalic acid in raw foods is not dangerous and can be beneficial. They also advise that you can follow your instictive eating desires when your body is clean and detoxed. In other words, if you feel like spinach or kale, dose up; if you are ‘off’ it for a couple of days, you probably don’t need it. But only follow this if you are already detoxed! Also, if you steam your greens, you will probably lose the major benefits of eating them raw. Anything heated over 118 degrees F loses the important enzymes and vitamins that we get from them. That’s the point of eating raw. Good luck and feel free to look me up on facebook (same name).

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  • Stephanie

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I have to admit that I don’t particularly like that creaminess from the carrageenan or whatever gum they use to thicken it.

    I have, however, been on a raw fennel kick. It’s like eating candy!

    Paula, brassicas (members of the cabbage family) should not be eaten raw in large quantities because they can depress your thyroid function. I don’t know the volume that’s considered problematic off-hand.

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  • Alta

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This certainly looks gorgeous. I love that you add dates to your smoothie. I guess I’ve always opted for stevia (not wanting to add calories) or a bit of honey – I’m afraid my blender wouldn’t make the dates creamy enough without blending until my smoothie was warm. LOL I sometimes add a bit of canned coconut milk, or homemade almond milk, to my smoothies to add richness, but haven’t tried adding So Delicious’s coconut beverage. I like it, but I tend not to finish it (don’t drink or use a lot of “milk” unless I’m baking) in a timely manner, so I don’t buy it routinely. You are reminding me I need to get a green smoothie in sometime today!

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  • Debbie

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Amy, first I want to tell you congratulations on your many accomplishments! It is awesome to see the good things happening for you. You give so much it is about time it comes back to you. This smoothie looks very refreshing!

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  • Gail for So Delicious Dairy Free

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe, Amy! We actually found it elsewhere, and our fabulous Facebook fans pointed out to us that it wasn’t your site, so we deleted our update and reposted it to our page with the correct link. We truly love our blogger friends and want to let you know how much we appreciate your culinary talents and tireless efforts to make life so delicious!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Gail for So Delicious Dairy Free, Thanks, Gail! I do really appreciate your product, especially the added calcium and the neutral flavor. My husband doesn’t like coconut so I can use this and he can’t taste it at all.

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  • Suzanne

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    That’s right, I don’t really like guar gum and xanthan gum. I use stevia myself but in their sugar-free variety they use a fake stevia (the one that Coke and Pepsi use).

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    Carolyn Reply:

    @Suzanne, huh?

    Where is an artificial sweetener listed? I’m not trying to be argumentative, but I don’t see anything listed.

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    Suzanne Reply:

    @Carolyn,

    Here’s the ingredients from the Original Sugar Free: Right after guar gum it says REB A (STEVIA EXTRACT). Whole leaf stevia is fine to use (I only buy Sweet Leaf brand) but the REB A that is in this product is an extraction of the leaf. Here’s the link to the page:

    http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/product.php?p=so_delicious_beverage_qt_sf_original

    Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, KOSHER SEA SALT, CARRAGEENAN, GUAR GUM, REB A (STEVIA EXTRACT), MONK FRUIT, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D-2, L-SELENOMETHIONINE (SELENIUM), ZINC OXIDE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B-12.

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  • Selina@ Creative Juices Decor

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Amy, Guess what!! I just got my NEW vita mix yesterday (never had anything better than a simple Oster blender) so I am SO excited to try this!!! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Selina@ Creative Juices Decor, Yea!! Can’t wait to see what yummy dishes you whip up!! :)

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  • Amanda

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Hey Suzanne, you’re a nutritionist, but you were fooled by a list of ingredients on a package label? That sounds pretty strange.

    While whole foods are ideal, most of us rely to some extent on the convenience of packaged foods, especially when it comes to milk. So Delicious is far and away the best-tasting, minimally processed milk out there. All packaged dairy-free milks use gums as stabilizers. And where did you get the idea that they use “fake” stevia? Their unsweetened beverage doesn’t have any sweetener at all, and their sugar-free flavors say “Rebaudiana A.” That sure sounds like REAL stevia to me. In fact, the best part of stevia leaf is Rebaudiana A. (It contains more of the sweetness and less of the bitterness of the leaf.) It seems like you have some kind of axe to grind. This shake recipe sounds really delicious. Please let those of us who aren’t sitting around cracking open our own coconuts enjoy it in peace.

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  • Carolyn

    posted on June 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Suzanne, I see what you are referring to now (I was looking at the refrigerated unsweetened beverage, not the shelf stable sugar free variety.

    I agree, the Reb A may not be the healthiest of choices; I can’t say that I am crazy about the method of which it is extracted (using ethanol or methanol)…. I wouldn’t use it for a sweetener in my home.

    As for the milks, I prefer the refrigerated varieties, but only use them for smoothies generally. I too don’t like the texture that the gums used give it (but I don’t mind the use of the gums in general).

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  • Anna@GreenTalk

    posted on June 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Russian Kale doesn’t have any bitter taste by the way. I eat it straight from the plant sometimes.

    I wonder about the containers that so delicious and others sit in. Does anyone have an answer if the containers are harmful?

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  • jackie

    posted on June 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I loved it! Had it for a snack this morning. I used kale. I had no strawberries, but had fresh blueberries on hand so i used those. It was tasty!! I just wasn’t green, kind of a purplish brown color. thanks!!

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  • Gail for So Delicious Dairy Free

    posted on June 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Hi Anna! We noticed that you and you readers had a few concerns, and I wanted to take a moment to address them. The Stevia used in So Delicious products is made using a cold process extraction of Rebaudioside A from Rebaudiana Bertoni. It does not use organic solvents nor ethanol and is 100% pure. While there is no such thing as “fake” stevia, there are various extraction methods. As with other ingredients used in So Delicious products, the Stevia is manufactured using the most natural, non-chemical process available.

    The containers we use all are certified BPA free and the materials are made from materials that do not have an impact on the product contained therein. In addition, all of the packaging materials are recyclable.

    Thanks again for the lovely shake recipe. I’m having one this morning!

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  • Miz Helen

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I really love a good milk shake and your Coconut Strawberry Milk Shake looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

    Love You,

    Miz Helen

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  • Maura van der Linden

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Great recipe. I did find it interesting that you don’t taste the coconut flavor at all, though. I sure do.

    Probably another great side-effect of being a “super taster” – not nearly as much fun as it sounds, trust me.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Maura van der Linden, The coconut flavor is so very mild that it doesn’t come through in the smoothie. Do you taste it when you make a green smoothie with SoDelicious unsweetened?

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  • Hope

    posted on September 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Looks great. And dairy free. I don’t have strawberries but I do have spinach and bananas, I might try that. When I get some good berries I will make this.
    Thanks for all your great work and recipes!

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  • Ali Williams

    posted on April 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Amy, I love smoothies and after a day of studying this is just what I needed!! I have Kale growing in the garden so off to pick some. I think I will make some chips too today. Posted the linkback for your wonderful SIT, hopefully did it the right way and thanks so much again!! :)
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Ali

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  • Ellen (Gluten Free Diva)

    posted on May 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    5 ingredients, and I can already tell it’s gonna taste delicious!!!!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ellen (Gluten Free Diva), I had this shake regularly when I was early in my pregnancy. I needed the extra nutrition and calories.

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