Coconut can be an acquired taste, but it is one of the best ingredients that you can use in a smoothie recipe. This includes the use of coconut as a fruit and coconut water or milk. The coconut flesh is not often used in smoothies, yet it provides the perfect consistency for making smoothies – similar to using an avocado or a frozen banana.
By combining coconut with other tropical fruits, such as mangoes or pineapple you can make a satisfying tropical smoothie. If you are put off by coconut, maybe it will help to look over some of the benefits of consuming coconut.
Coconuts contain an abundance of minerals, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous. It also contains all your B vitamins – including folate. When you drink coconut water or milk, you will also get a healthy dose of electrolytes, which are commonly used in sports drinks, due to their ability to keep you hydrated.
Coconuts have been used for food and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. They have been used to treat diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and other ailments. Studies have shown that consuming coconut can increase your energy levels and rejuvenate your system. Drinking a green detox smoothie with coconut will help flush out your system and cleanse your digestive tract.
Coconut is not the only ingredient in this green smoothie that provides beneficial nutrients. Kale is included for its calcium, with over 300 milligrams per serving.
Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- ¼ cup of fresh coconut
- 2 oranges
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 3 cups of kale (chopped)
- ½ a lime
Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Directions
To make your coconut-green smoothie, pour the coconut milk into your Vitamix blender. Peel the oranges and remove the seeds. Add the oranges and banana. Then add the kale and the lime. Blend the ingredients for about thirty seconds. Your smoothie should have a creamy consistency. If it remains chunky, blend for another thirty seconds.
If you absolutely cannot find coconut milk, you can replace it with almond milk. Coconut water could also work as a substitute, but your smoothie may not taste as rich and creamy.
This coconut-green smoothie works as a meal replacement, packing in 430 calories, 90 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fiber. The total serving size is 32 ounces. Some people may have trouble drinking this in one meal. If you find 32-ounces to be too much, store the leftovers in your fridge, but try to drink it within the next 12 hours.
Coconut is a beneficial tropical fruit that is often ignored. It provides a variety of minerals and is a good source of B vitamins. If you are looking to put a twist on your green smoothie recipes, try adding coconut.