Strawberry-Banana Walnut Butter Smoothie

For some reason I have never been a fan of walnuts. I always thought they had a slight bitter taste which completely turned me off. But today those feelings have changed! When I discovered fresh walnut butter at my local farmers market, I was awakened to a whole new world. However, what really made me love them is when I found out they have a high amount of omega 3-fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to help to reduce inflammation. Since our bodies can't manufacture omega-3 fatty acids, it is essential that we include it in our diet. 

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Here is a picture of everything that I used inside of my smoothie: coconut milk, fresh strawberries, banana, walnut butter, ground flax seed, and protein powder. I typically only buy unsweetened original coconut milk but I guess I wasn't paying attention at the store and I got the wrong one. Since I was too lazy to go back, I just used the one I had. If you don't eat flax seed, you should. Not only does it also contain omega-3 fatty acids but it is a high source of protein. You can included it in your smoothies or even sprinkle it on top of salads. (I have included links below to purchase the protein powder and flax seed meal online if you can't find it at your local grocery store.)

I picked up the walnut butter from Aya Raw, who is a vendor at my local farmers market that prepares their nuts in a way that helps  to maintain all the nutrients. Most nuts are roasted because it adds flavor, taste and helps to preserve them. However, since majority of nuts contain natural oils, once you heat them the oil become acidic which creates inflammation. So instead, Aya Raw soaks their walnuts and dehydrates them a low temperature so the oil doesn't become acidic. Then they blend the nuts to get that creamy texture. Check out my most recent post on my Instagram for more information about Aya Raw and the benefits of their natural raw walnut butter (link below).

Also, when I made this recipe I froze half of my banana and strawberries. I put half in the smoothie and saved the over half to put on top. This thickens the smoothie so the toppings don't sink to the bottom once you add them on top. You don't have to freeze your fruit if you don't have time to wait. Instead just add 1/2 cup of ice to your blender so your smoothie will still come out thick.

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I also added coconut flakes and walnut pieces on top.  I usually put granola on top but since I didn't have any I used walnut pieces so I could still have that crunch. (I also included links below of where you can pick these ingredients online.) 

Check out the full recipe below!

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Strawberry-Banana Walnut                 Butter Smoothie

 

Smoothie

½ frozen banana

2 tbsp walnut butter

2 tbsp flax seed meal

1 cup coconut milk

½ cup frozen strawberries

4 tbsp protein powder

Toppings

¼ cup chopped walnuts

¼ cup fresh chopped strawberries

2 tbsp shaved coconut

½  banana chopped

1. Blend all ingredients in a high process blender until combined. 

2. Place smoothie in a bowl and add the toppings.

3. Enjoy!

 

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