I love a good smoothie in the morning. There’s nothing better than knowing that I am starting the day with a healthy nutrient rich sip. My boys generally have some smoothie with me as well, so I know that they are getting at least one serving of fruit and veg right out of the gate!
Using Tropical Traditions large coconut flakes, I find this smoothie to be really nice. If you want to intensify the coconut flavor and you have access to fresh coconut, try subbing fresh coconut meat for the flakes. Want to go over the top? Sub coconut milk for the water. You will increase the fat content in a big way, but if coconut flavor is what you need, it’s okay to go for it from time to time. According to recent science, the fat in coconut oil has considerable health benefits. As with all fats, moderation is key.
Wondering how this smoothie tastes? Surprisingly, with all that spinach, you might expect it to taste “green”, but it doesn’t. The cocoa and coconut flavor is dominant and the blueberry provides an undertone. I like using the berries because of their antioxidant punch. I make another version of this smoothie minus the berries, but that one feels more like a guilty pleasure than a nutritious start to the day!
Coconut Mocha Smoothie
(serves 2, yields 4.5 cups)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup water
4 cups raw baby spinach
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
¼ cup large coconut flakes or fresh coconut meat
1 tsp powdered stevia or 1/2 dropper liquid stevia
Blend everything in the Vitamix until smooth. Serve.
Here’s a peek at my lunch today. Fresh romaine, arugula, kale, escarole and endive + fresh berries and apricot, leftover roasted red pepper and BBQ tofu that I cubed + a luscious dollop of white bean hummus. A nutritious salad doesn’t have to be greens and tomato and traditional veg. Use what you have. Use what you love… and you can’t go wrong! (The highlight of this bowl for me were the amazingly sweet peppers that I roasted last night paired with bites of kale and berries.):