Smoothies featuring coconut

Coconut Macadamia Nut Smoothie

Coconut Macadamia Nut SmoothieThis is one of those smoothies that tastes as good as the name would suggest :)

Crunchy, creamy, sweet tasting macadamia nuts are one of my favorite snacks, but it wasn’t until today that I tried them in a smoothie. My mistake.

Besides being quite delicious, macadamias nuts are loaded with health supporting nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats.

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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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Blueberry Coconut Kombucha Smoothie

Blueberry Coconut Kombucha SmoothieMy foray into the wonderful world of kombucha began last summer and has now come full circle with my first kombucha smoothie!

For those that don’t know, kombucha is a fermented tea. It’s teaming with probiotics or friendly bacteria, which are increasingly getting more attention because of how important they are not only for digestion, but overall health.

Kombucha has a long history of use, in fact, the ancient Chinese went as far as labeling it “Immortal Health Elixir”.

Here are a few of the key health benefits associated with this bubbly fermented beverage.

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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:

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Creamy Coconut Smoothie

Cream Coconut SmoothieThis smoothie is for all the coconut lovers out there, myself included. Coconut products such as coconut water and coconut oil are rising in popularity due to the increased awareness of all their wonderful health benefits.

Part of my inspiration for this recipe was an article I came across on Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, who revealed her love of coconut oil. She takes four tablespoons a day. To some that may seem extreme, but for those in the know, it’s a healthy habit.

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Young Thai Coconut Smoothie

Young Thai Coconut SmoothieWhile picking up produce at my local food co-op yesterday I noticed something out of the ordinary on the extras table – a dozen or so young Thai coconuts. It was a first for the co-op and a treat I hadn’t had in a while; so naturally I grabbed one.

Young Thai coconuts our best known for their delicious electrolyte rich water, but also contain a little meat. You can make coconut milk blending the water and meat, which is perfect for smoothies. Here’s a few of the health benefits of young Thai coconuts.

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