Crazy for Coconut Smoothie

Coconut has many healthy properties. The milk is made from the meat of a mature coconut.  It is a healthy saturated fat with antioxidant properties and is shown to fight against many diseases. Coconut is rich in phosphorus and magnesium, as well as lauric acid. Coconut is one of a few foods that contain lauric acid, which is shown to promote immune health and lower risk of heart disease and strokes. It is one of the best sources of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) . Coconut milk and coconut oil are easily digested, readily absorbed by the body and have shown to be a great source of nourishment and fuel. Try this smoothie, it makes a great breakfast option!

  • 1/4 cup real unsweetened coconut milk (not the coconut beverage sold in the dairy section) I buy Native Forest Light Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk.
  • 3/4 cup of water or unsweetened almond milk  (or combo of both)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of almond, peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
  • 5 ice cubes

Pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

A recipe I found on-line, adds in 1/4 of an avocado and 5 pitted dates…sounds interesting!

source: SF Chronicle/Healthy Eating

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