Start Me Up Smoothie


The 21 Day Green Up Smoothie Challenge

Day 4

When making your smoothies, and to keep things simple with the shopping list, I recommend sticking to a few non-dairy milks such as almond and coconut.  You can also try hemp, rice, and flax.

Since a lot of almond milk brands are loaded with tons of sugar, you can make your own.

Here’s a quickie recipe that works:

DIY Raw Nut Milk


Put 2 cups almonds in a mixing bowl and cover with water. Let sit for at least 6 hours. Overnight is best.

Drain and rinse the almonds and then put in a blender with 4 cups of water. Blend for a full 2 minutes.

Strain the blended mixture into a quart-size canning jar using a mesh sieve or nut bag. Press the solids through with a rubber spatula.

Periodically, scrape the solids from the sieve (save them for smoothies) and rinse the sieve to enable more liquid to pass through.

Strain the first liquid through the sieve again, this time without pushing the mixture through. What you end up with in that jar is your finished product. Use within 5 days. Makes 24 oz.

Note: I like to use dates to sweeten things up a bit. So add 2-5 medjool dates during the blending process.

I use nut milk bags.

Here’s my favorite bag to get (click the pic for details):

And if you want a nut-free milk due to allergies, you can make sesame seed, pumpkin seed, even sunflower seed milks.

(Grab your Ultimate Guide to Making Nut-Free Milk)


Our Day 4  Start Me Up Smoothie has delicious almond milk for the liquid base.  It’s also packed with energizing ingredients like blueberries and spinach to boost metabolism and get you going all day.

Go ahead and make it!

Start Me Up Smoothie recipe

What do you say?

I use almond milk and coconut milk a lot in smoothies. What type of plant-based milk do you prefer?

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