A coconut smoothie? Oh yeah! Coconuts are very tasty fruits that can easily be added to your blender. For your coconut concoction, shredded coconut or coconut meat are both great options if you want the actually coconut flesh in your smoothie, but you don't just have to use the meat of a coconut to make a coconut smoothie, both coconut water and coconut milk are fabulous option as well!
By adding coconut to your diet you will receive some of the many coconut health benefits, such as the ones below!
If you are anything like us, then you prefer the basics: plain and simple - the most important facts to be highlighted in a bullet point fashion. Below, we have tried to lay out and explain the coconut benefits for optimal health in a comprehensive way! Enjoy!
High in Dietary Fiber – OK, this is a WOW factor, coconuts can supply an impressive 61% of you dietary fiber. This fruit even beats out some of the other famous fiber sources such as: psyllium, wheat bran, rice bran and oat bran.
Low Glycemic Index - also known as GI. This measures how fast the available carbohydrates in your food raise your blood sugar levels.
The coconut fiber helps to slow down the release (fresh out of the shell) of glucose into the blood stream, meaning it doesn’t require as much insulin to use the glucose and than carry it over to the cell where it’s converted to energy!
Quick Energy Fix – coconut actually encourages the body to produce energy instead of storing it in the form of body fat. A lot of athletes and physical fitness trainers will use coconut water for their electrolyte properties.
Improves Digestion – because of its high dietary fiber content, coconut is wonderful in improving “gut health”. Coconut contains many vitamins, amino acids and minerals that help to replenish the bowels with vitamins
And get this coconut contains: No Trans-Fat, it is Gluten-free, it has Antibacterial healing properties, it is Non-Toxic and provides fantastic overall Immune System health
A lot of people confuse coconut water with coconut milk, but no, they are totally different.
Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat of a coconut while coconut water is the clear liquid found inside the coconut. The difference is: one is the liquid found inside the coconut, and the other is made from the grated coconut meat.
First let’s start with Coconut Water
Coconut Water is known as a “natural hydrator”! It’s electrolyte levels are so high that some athletes drink it before, during and after their marathon to replace the water they lost through working out.
Our bodies lose electrolytes and fluids regularly through sweat and other means, and replacing them helps our body’s to avoid some of the unpleasant side effects that come from dehydration such as: muscle cramping, headaches with the most common being fatigue
Coconut water is also a great substitution for soft drinks. It is naturally calorie-free, sugar-free, no artificial sweeteners or colorings and it is high fructose corn syrup free!
Next, Coconut Milk
This is an excellent option especially if someone has a diary or lactose intolerance, coconut milk is a good substitute.
We like to use it on our cereals and in our smoothies, and yes, coconut milk comes with a whole host of those coconut health benefits because it comes from the meat.
Coconut Milk is known for having a calming affect on people with bad nerves. This true because of the high magnesium content that coconut milk contains. Magnesium helps to calm over active cells and keep them in check!
For Coconut Water we enjoy two brands. The first being O.N.E. - Coconut Water Have you ever heard the saying "some O.N.E will change your life" well it’s true – this is the brand! We love this brand because it come in many different flavors with our favorite being: pineapple!
Also, it is 100% natural, a good source of electrolytes as well as a good source of potassium!
Our second favorite is the Edwards & Sons Brands also called Native Forest Brand.
This one contains only organic young coconut water, and is good if you only want coconut water no no flavoring.
It’s easy to take with you because it comes in a good potable can that you can just throw in your back-pack to go - that’s why it’s a Classic.
If you decide you want to buy these, you can purchase throuh www.iherb.com and receive $5 off you first purchase with the coupon code; KAJ531!
For Coconut Milk, we recommend the Edwards & Sons Brand. This is a pure unsweetened coconut milk. Just remember when you open this coconut milk has a tendency to naturally separate when cold so shake it good before you open it
Then once opened, refrigerate and enjoy!
Below enjoy some of our Coconut Smoothie Recipes!
Pineapple and Coconut Smoothie
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup pineapple (fresh or canned)
1/2 cup coconut meat
Blend the pineapple juice, ice, and banana together until a slushy texture is formed. Add the pineapple and coconut milk and blend till lightly smooth and fruit is well mixed.
If using fresh pineapples, add them before adding the coconut as it may take longer to blend the pineapple pieces.
It’s an Ice Cream and Coconut Smoothie
½ cup ice – or as needed, you may not need it if you freeze your banana
1 cup coconut juice/ or water
½ coconut meat
½ cup ice cream (any flavor – vanilla is commonly used)
½ of a banana
*Remember freezing your banana makes for a thicker smoothie.
Blend until smooth or until desired consistency is reached – what’s really fun is when you get a coconut, break it open, use it – and baby is it fresh!!!
Mango, Spinach, Coconut Smoothie
Meat from your meat coconut
½ cup coconut water
2 cups baby spinach
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
Blend in blend and enjoy!
Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
1 ½ cups chocolate yogurt
1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt
¾ cups coconut milk
2 tbsp coconut cream
¼ cup sweetened flaked coconut
4 slices fresh pineapple or canned pineapple chucks (optional)
And of course chocolate syrup
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
The Basic Coconut Smoothie
½ cup coconut water – add more if desired
Meat from your coconut
Blend until smooth – add ice if needed. The awesome thing about this smoothie is that you can change out the fruit and make it different. Have fun!