Coconut Ginger Smoothie

Coconut Ginger SmoothieI have a confession to make, I’m addicted to coconut shreds.

Those sweetened little flakes of goodness don’t last long in my kitchen. It seems every smoothie I make is a perfect candidate for their inclusion, and not just a tablespoon or two, but a good half cup. They add a little gritty, chewy, sweetness that I’ve come to love.

Coconut products are a staple in my smoothies, and diet. In case you aren’t aware of their myriad health benefits, or just need a quick refresher, allow me to highlight this superfood with the following bullet points:

  • Monounsaturated fats found in coconut don’t readily store as body fat, but rather burn up quickly for energy
  • Aids weight loss (how may fat native tropical islanders do you know?)
  • Excellent for skin and hair
  • Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral
  • Supports a healthy heart
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids
  • Good source of antioxidants
  • Boosts absorption of calcium and magnesium

Besides consuming copious amounts of coconut products, I also use coconut oil liberally on my skin, hair, and as an aftershave. Here’s a quick recipe for you.

Combine 3 parts coconut oil with 1 part cacao butter using a double boiler with low heat. This makes for a great hair gel and aftershave. This concoction can also be used as a lotion, although it can be a bit oily, so you’ll want to rub off after 20 minutes or so. Experiencing a little sun burn? Apply this mixture, or another of my favorite superfoods, aloe vera.

Fortunately, my local food co-op is usually stocked with organic coconut shreds and they’re rather inexpensive. I prefer the thin shreds over the thicker flakes.

This smoothie is pretty basic (the ginger does add a nice zing); so I encourage you to incorporate a few of the suggested add-ons and/or anything you have on hand. I ended up adding coconut oil, maca, cacao powder, and protein powder to my smoothie. The result, a big party in my mouth :)

Now get your coconut on and enjoy this smoothie!

Coconut Ginger Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup young Thai coconut water or regular coconut water
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup coconut shreds or flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger spice or fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
  • Meat from a young Thai coconut
  • 1 serving of your preferred protein powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

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Place the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 347
  • Fat: 28g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 13g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Vitamin A: 0% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 28% RDA
  • Calcium: 8% RDA
  • Iron: 11% RDA

Please leave a comment below if you try this delicious coconut ginger smoothie. Happy Blending!

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2 Responses to Coconut Ginger Smoothie

  1. ron #

    Will 1/2 or 1 tablespoon coconut oil be a suitable substitute for the 1/2 avocado?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Ron,

      1/2 tablespoon coconut oil will supply ample healthy fat in place of avocado. The smoothie won’t be very thick without avocado though. May want to add banana to thicken.

      Regards,
      Ryan

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