Creamy Strawberry & Tahin Smoothie {vg}

While it’s not really smoothie weather yet here in Melbourne, I would not want you to miss out on this absolutely divinely delicious smoothie that I whipped up back when the weather was more clement (and strawberries were in season) – tada! My creamy strawberry & tahin smoothie!

Creamy Strawberry & Tahin Smoothie
Creamy Strawberry and Tahin Smoothie

At first sight, you would not think the combination of strawberries and tahin to be a natural one, but trust me, it is mind-blowingly, seriously more-ish! This smoothie is more rich than the smoothies I usually make, but it is very satisfying and will certainly keep you fuller for much longer than lighter smoothies. It is therefore an ideal summery breakfast to keep you going until lunch time or also a great healthy way to finish a meal and avoid late-night munchies.

Tahini not only tastes delicious and yields a great texture when mixed into smoothies and nicecreams, it is also rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron (source) – very important for vegetarians and vegans! The vitamin C in the strawberries and lemon juice actually makes the iron in the tahin more available in your body, so you get to reap the maximum benefits. Tahin is also a good source of methionine, which aids liver detoxification (hangover from last night’s barbecue, anyone?) and is one of the best sources of calcium out there – take that, dairy eaters!

Dates add even more iron and -along with the bananas- magnesium, which is great news. Did you know that magnesium might actually the mineral most people are deficient in? At the same time, magnesium is absolutely vital to keep up your energy levels in this fast-paced world. For athletes, magnesium will significantly contribute to avoiding cramps. Now that’s a winner! Dates also provide a hefty dose of fiber. This is important especially if you consume a lot of liquid meals such as smoothies.

Ready to dig in?

Creamy Strawberry & Tahin Smoothie {vg}

Serves 2

2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 banana, frozen
1 cup plant milk
half a cup dates
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tahin
1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender, pour into two (cute) glasses and…

Enjoy!

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