Smoothies featuring coconut milk

Kiwi Pineapple Smoothie

Kiwi Pineapple SmoothieTickle your taste buds with this delicious and nutritious tropical kiwi pineapple smoothie!

Ever make a smoothie that no matter how hard you try you can’t set it down? This is one of those mouthwatering smoothies. I had just enough time to take a few pictures before it was history.

I try and eat locally grown food whenever possible. However, I make exceptions for tasty and nourishing foods such as kiwi and pineapple.

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Sexy Chocolate Smoothie

Sexy Chocolate SmoothieGet your sexy on with this delicious and highly nutritious chocolate smoothie!

I love the name of this smoothie, but can’t claim it as my own. The name and recipe come from one of my followers, Muriel.

If there’s one category of smoothies you can’t have enough recipes for, it’s chocolate. When Muriel shared this recipe with me I jumped at the chance to blend it up and post on my site.

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The Numerous Health Benefits of Coconuts and Coconut Oil

Coconut OilOne of the tastiest of all superfoods is the delightful coconut. Whether you eat the meat of the fruit, drink the water or milk, or use the oil, you can get some serious health benefits and even improve your appearance with this tropical food.

One of the striking and unusual features of the coconut compared to other fruits is the amount of water it contains. This water has provided important hydration for people for thousands of years. In addition to the water in the young fruits, people have always eaten the meat, or the white part of the fruit. The milk, which is the juice made from the meat has also been consumed.

One of the most important and most commonly used byproduct of the coconut today is the oil. It is used extensively both internally and externally, and perhaps most commonly consumed for weight loss and increased energy. Coconut oil is comprised primarily of medium chain fats, which the body uses for energy as opposed to storing as fat.

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Killer Kale Smoothie

Killer Kale Smoothie

Lacinato (Dinosaur) kale growing inside a hoop house during a cold Michigan winter.

Here’s another healthy green smoothie featuring my favorite green leafy veggie. Some people find kale too bitter (try kale chips), but not me, I like a little bitterness.

If you live in a temperate climate and can get your hands on kale grown outdoors in colder weather you’ll find it’s more pleasing to the picky palate – after a good frost kale’s leaves become much sweeter.

As is the case with other Brassicas, kale increases the amount of sugar inside its leaves to lower the temperature at which freezing begins. Pretty cool survival mechanism, eh?

Sweetness and bitterness aside, kale provides these key health benefits, which make it an excellent veggie to green your smoothie with.

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Creamy Cashew Smoothie

Creamy Cashew SmoothieBesides being a great snack, cashews and cashew nut butter also blend will in smoothies and provide a rich creamy consistency. Like any healthy food, the more ways you find to integrate it into your diet the more you’ll consume, and the healthier you’ll be :)

Cashews are one of the healthier nuts you can consume. They are rich in copper, manganese,  tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and healthy fats. The monounsaturated fats found in cashews promote good cardiovascular health in tandem with magnesium and antioxidants. Here are 6 other health benefits attributed to cashews:

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Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe

Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe

Photo by evelynchu

Aloe vera is a bona fide superfood with a laundry list of health promoting benefits. It’s not the most pleasant tasting substance on its own, but blend it into a smoothie with the right ingredients and you’re left with a tasty, nutrient-dense, super drink.

Aloe vera has a long history of use dating all the way back to 1500 B.C. where the Egyptians recorded using it to treat burns, infections and parasites. Topical uses for aloe vera are more commonly known, but since we’re going to consume it in our smoothies let’s focus on the health benefits from internal use.

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