Before my soy allergy, I had never really tried smoothies at home. I started having smoothies on Saturday mornings as a way to use any produce and leafy greens that were going to need to be thrown away before my weekly trip to the grocery.
There are lots of smoothie mixes and protein powders and other bells and whistles, but you guessed it…many contain soy and other common allergens. I simply use the whole foods I have on hand, and they really taste delicious no matter what I try.
There are few things that I use regularly in smoothies:
- Alternative Milk (Try Coconut, Almond, Oat, Rice, or Flax depending on your allergies)
- Frozen Bananas
- Frozen Mangoes
- Frozen Blueberries
- Leafy Greens (fresh or frozen spinach, kale, bok choy, etc.)
- Some kind of protein (soy free seeds like pumpkin or flax, almonds, raw almond butter, etc.)
There are also a few things that I usually have on hand that I add to the smoothie to make it more tasty. I usually pick one or two (or more) from this list. Those things are:
- Fresh Ginger
- Organic Vanilla Flavoring
- Spices (cinnamon, apple pie spices, garam masala, etc.)
- Soy free cookies or coconut macaroons — if you don’t mind the calories 🙂
- Chocolate (Try Enjoy Life–Theo is also soy free, but may not be free of other top allergens)
- Lime or Lemon Juice
I do try to choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever I can since soy can be contained in pesticides. However, keep in mind that organic fruits and vegetables can be coated in soy to make them look shiny. I recommended washing in a spray bottle of one cup of water to 1 tbsp of vinegar, and you can also peel them depending on your comfort level.
Just a note about peaches and cherries: Frozen peaches often contain citric acid which can be soy derived, so it is best to use fresh. Even if your cherries are frozen and pitted, check each one first to make sure that the pits are really gone, because there’s controversy over whether the cherry pits can be poisonous when blended.
It’s really a fun experiment to get creative and see what kind of concoction my ingredients produce. You can keep tasting your creation and adding ingredients until you like what you taste. Plus, I feel like I have a lot of energy and am ensuring that I start the day with good nutrition.
You don’t need a super expensive blender to make a delicious smoothie. Just do some research on a brand that has good user reviews and a price point that is feasible for you.
Calling All Soyvivors: What other ingredients do you like in your smoothies?