I love smoothies, especially in the morning when I’m tight for time or in need of a change from my usual hot grain bowl or egg dish. Eating healthy doesn’t always need to be time-consuming and this breakfast smoothie is a perfect example of that. It literally took just a few minutes to whip it up, seal it with a lid and I was out the door (now that’s “fast food”!). You could also make it the night before and leave it in the fridge but I prefer to make my smoothies and drink them immediately as this is when nutrients like the omega-3’s in the hemp seeds or antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E are at their highest levels and least oxidized from heat and light (you never know where your smoothie might end up: I once forgot mine in my purse for hours in a hot car… eek!).
The Fuzzy Coconut & Berry Breakfast Smoothie (now that’s a mouthful) is absolutely delicious and the perfect send-off to the summer season. I’ve included farmer’s market fresh berries and peaches which are so succulent and hydrating as they’re in their seasonal prime. Berries and peaches are also low GI fruits so they will keep you full and satisfied without inducing a blood sugar crash. The almond butter adds a creamy, nutty texture plus it’s the perfect plant-based protein punch which, along with the added protein powder and fibrous oats (optional for those avoiding gluten), will further promote satiety and provide lasting energy. Finally, the coconut flakes add the perfect pinch of sweetness and nutritional zing. But they’re not just there for decoration. Coconuts are really the star here. Just check out their wonderful health benefits below:
- Energizing and fat burning — Coconuts and their oils are rich in saturated fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which burn quickly in the body to provide fast, clean fuel rather than get stored as fat. MCTs also reduce appetite which aids in weight loss. Remember, saturated fats aren’t always the enemy. In fact, our body needs a little to build strong cellular membranes, functional hormones and neurotransmitters (good for brain health!) and good cholesterol.
- Anti-fungal — In addition to MCTs, coconuts are rich in a fatty acid called lauric acid which, when metabolized, produces a byproduct that can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- Skin protecting and hair strengthening — Coconuts and their oils improve moisture in the skin and hair when both ingested and applied topically. Coconut oil can also be used as a natural sunscreen if applied generously and often but it’d be quite low on the SPF scale so be careful you expect to be getting a lot of sun!
- 1 ½ cup fresh berries (I used strawberries but cherries work great too)
- 1 large peach or 2 small peaches
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
- 1 date (optional)
- ½ cup oats (optional)
- Blend together and serve.