It’s day 8 of my 14-Day Smoothie Challenge on my Facebook page! I apologize if this is too many smoothie ideas for you, not to worry, lots of non-smoothie recipes are coming your way soon! Today’s recipe is a Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie, and it’s gonna knock your socks off! You don’t need to add sugar to make a delicious smoothie!
You might’ve heard good and bad things about coconut over the years, but my point of view is that although coconut does have many health benefits, I think it’s important to eat a variety of foods, so I enjoy coconut products, but not just that. 😉
Coconuts are rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, making them very nutritious.
This healthy key lime pie smoothie will start your day with a nice dose of nutrition!
What about fat?
Too many people worry about fat, but not all fats are created equal. Trans fat is the bad one we want to avoid at all cost. Why? Because that is a fat that doesn’t exist in nature, it’s a chemical reaction that happens in junk/ultra processed foods.
All the other fats are actually needed for us to live healthily. Many functions in our body wouldn’t happen without good fats, like our brain!
Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) in particular, one called lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms. It is therefore now thought that consumption of coconut milk may help protect the body from infections and viruses. (source)
So why drink the same stuff all the time? Give coconut milk a shot on occasion, try to look for BPA-free cans. On top of enjoying coconut benefits, this smoothie also contains greens, and pineapple, which contains natural enzymes that’ll give your digestive system a little boost 😉
Gabrielle, aka ECP xo
Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie
makes 2-3 portions
- 1/2 can coconut milk (approx. 200 ml/7 oz) OR 3 Tbsp shredded coconut + 1 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 organic lime, juice + zest (because we’re using the zest in this recipe, it is important to only use organic, and wash it first)
- 1 big handful organic baby spinach
- 1/2 avocado OR 1/2 banana
- 3-4 dates OR 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 thick slice pineapple (1/2 – 1″ thick)
- 1-2 ice cubes (optional)
Blend everything in a high powered blender, add a bit of extra water if it’s too thick.