In my Pumped with Potassium blog last February, I wrote about the many benefits of coconut water in a health-conscious diet. Now, I’m going to get into the “meat” of the coconut. More specifically, extra virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from the insides of the coconut through a cold-expeller press much like olive oil. The Italian in me will never give up olive oil, but it’s impossible to ignore another healthy alternative popping up in kitchens everywhere. And, of course, my husband is always receptive to incorporating another “superfood” into our morning smoothies.
The unique combination of fatty acids contained in coconut oil have shown amazing health benefits including better brain function, increased energy and fat loss, aid in eliminating harmful bacteria, an increased feeling of fullness, reduced triglycerides-translating to a reduced risk of heart disease, and effectiveness as a skin moisturizer (my husband attesting to this fact by telling me how smooth his skin feels lately—and, yes, I pleasantly concur).
Therefore, without further ado, I give you the Tropical Smoothie—a recipe healthy beyond belief, undoubtedly delicious, and that gives kudos to the many tropical countries that have thrived on the coconut for hundreds of years.
Ingredients (serves 6):
2 cups water
16 ounces frozen organic tropical fruit blend (pineapple, banana, strawberries, and mango)
1 banana, peeled and halved
2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
3 tablespoons hemp seed
3 heaping tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Place water and frozen fruit blend into a blender, set machine on low, and blend until dissolved, slowly increasing to a higher setting.
Place the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend on low, slowly increasing to higher settings, until reaching HIGH. Blend on HIGH for approximately one minute. Serve immediately.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. (Thomas Edison)
You can find more of Marinella and her recipes at her blog, PiazzaPress.blogspot.com.
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