Caribbean Coconut Green Smoothie
This tropical Caribbean Coconut Green Smoothie is the perfect meal to have first thing in the morning. It’s not only delicious, but it’s full of vitamins, nutrients, electrolytes and healthy fats.
Honestly, I’m relatively late to join the coconut water party. I few years ago I heard that it was an excellent source of potassium and electrolytes so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, when I took that first sip I immediately said, “this isn’t for me. I’ll stick with water.”
Recently, my sister-in-law mentioned that she used coconut water in her smoothie, and I thought, well maybe in a smoothie it wouldn’t be that bad. It’s such a healthy beverage, I had to give it another try.
I love coconut. For awhile now, I’ve been adding coconut oil to my smoothies (yay for healthy fats!) So, I decided to give coconut water another shot. After all, coconut milk is delicious, coconut flakes are delicious, maybe my first impression was wrong. After all, I’m always up for tying new foods, especially when they’re healthy. And coconut water has a lot of health benefits — no wonder so many people like it! Plus, a smoothie is all about the mix of complementary flavors, so I could get all the benefits of coconut water without having to drink it plain.
As it turns out, coconut water is a delicious liquid to add to a smoothie. Especially with harmonious flavors like lime, pineapple or banana. Since all these tropical flavors go so well together, I figured, why not combine them all into a delicious and healthy smoothie.
And the Caribbean Coconut Green Smoothie was born. I started with the coconut water as the base, then added lime, banana, pineapple and since I was in the tropical mood — mango! I threw in a few handfuls of spinach too. I often add greens like spinach, kale or wheatgrass to my smoothies because it is an excellent way to get a whole lot of nutrition in one drink.
What better way to start my day out but with a whole lot of fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, electrolytes and healthy fats? Speaking of the later, I decided to keep my theme going and chose coconut oil as my healthy fat. Finally, I threw in some flaxseed meal and walnuts to get a little protein and omega 3’s.
A combination of fruit, veggies, seeds and/or nuts and healthy fats, equals a smoothie that not only tastes great, but will keep you full and give you tons of vitamins and nutrients. To me, it’s the perfect way to start my day.
I don’t know about you, but when I start my day off eating a healthy meal and often exercising, I tend to make healthier choices throughout my day. Also, I have more energy and a more positive outlook.
This Caribbean Coconut Green Smoothie is now one of my go to smoothies. I love tropical flavors, so it’s definitely a winner!
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