Health and well being

The missing ingredient in your smoothie


A comedian joked that people hate vegetables so much; they are prepared to blitz them up with fruit just to consume them. Do I eat 5 a day? – Not without my smoothies I don’t!

As an everyday staple – think morning porridge oats – I have experimented with so much variety that I am prepared to ask my supermarket to venture out to more exotic. There have been some bad moments (never consuming papaya again) and I am not touching celery (you literally need an entire packet of fruit to combat the taste) but my latest ingredient is certainly making for an appetising treat.

Coconuts; according to BBC Good Food, are packed with vitamins from “C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6”. They have plentiful minerals including magnesium, which is a component that many diets are lacking. Since eating more plant-based, this magic (sorry milk) has found its way into dessert fillings, curry bases and milkshakes (smoothies so rich that I refuse to accept they are not shakes).

Coconut milk is the ingredient that my smoothies were missing. Since having found (no longer sleeping in the cupboard with tinned lentils), I have experimented and with a few tips and tricks, found a formula that will allow this product to pour deliciousness towards your plastic cup.

Going through 7 cans of coconut milk a week seems a tad extreme; I would choose particular days to include. I find a whole can is perfect, but if you find the taste quite strong, you may be better opting for half a can and storing the rest in the fridge.

The trick is to keep the drink chilled – either lots of ice or a huge dose of frozen fruit. Be adventurous with your flavour – I am a fan of pineapple, banana, passion fruit or handfuls of frozen berries. When it comes to vegetables, I tend to stick with my standard spinach or frozen beetroot, which creates an amazing colour.

Coconut milk in general, will enhance texture and shade. I find it just makes any smoothie appear incredible.

Tip: Desiccated coconut and cinnamon make for a fancy topping.

Below are some of my coconut smoothie creations. Which one would you choose?
Smoothie with strawberry and pineapple

Banana, passionfruit and pineapple surprise

Pink smoothie with flowers

Frozen berry infusion

Smoothie with lemon

Mocktail pina colada

Do you have a perfect smoothie ingredient? 

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28 thoughts on “The missing ingredient in your smoothie

  1. Gotta love coconut mils, it tastes so good and also it is really healthy. I love everything coconut scented or anything that has coconut in it. I love the idea of Mocktail pina colada, how tasteful does that sound? Yum! xx

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  2. Yes I love to see people using coconut milk in smoothies! I’m a chef at a healthy eating place and we use it in 80% of our smoothies. It does add to colour and presentation but also it’s extremely good for you, certainly better than your average store bought fruit juices 😊

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    • I have been making smoothies for years and I cannot believe that I only recently discovered this! It is really good but also really filling. Sometimes just using water is not enough.
      For some reason wordpress is telling me that you have deleted your blog. Do you post any recipes? 🙂

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      • I changed my domain name recently, it’s I have posted a few but i am currently gathering some material and specs to start posting regular ones 😊

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