Strawberry coconut smoothie – dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, clean and paleo friendly.
One of the many things I love about Summer is the abundance of gorgeous fruits on offer. Another is warm weather and of course, Christmas is just around the corner. This means many parties, lunches, dinners and general get togethers with friends leading up to Christmas day.
In Australia we love to celebrate in typical Aussie fashion with casual barbeques in the back yard or at a park; or at beachside cafes, bars or restaurants. Today I started our girl’s Christmas lunch at my place followed by a beautiful meal in a lovely restaurant only 5 minutes walk down the road.
With the weather so warm it made sense to serve light and healthy pre-lunch nibblies while keeping with the traditional colours of christmas. Hence my strawberry, grape and cherry platter.
So in keeping with the Summer fruit theme, I have a wonderful, simple recipe – strawberry coconut smoothie.
Organic strawberries are of course preferable but if you can’t get them, make sure you’re buying your strawberries from a farmer’s market as the quality and taste is far superior to supermarket strawberries. A good test is to smell them. They should actually smell like strawberry. I’ve tested many a supermarket punnet in the past which smelt of – well, nothing really.
If your strawberries are sweet enough you won’t need to add any sweetener. If your smoothie does require some sweetness however, simply add a little honey, rice malt syrup, coconut sugar or other sweetener of choice. It’s best to use fresh, young coconuts for the base as opposed to pre packaged coconut water served in cartons. There’s a beautiful sweetness and natural taste that you just don’t get in a carton, not to mention the abundance of nutrients.
You can find young coconuts in the fruit and vegetable (chilled) section of supermarkets or larger health food stores. The younger the coconut, the more water it will contain and the softer the flesh will be (almost jelly like in many cases). Crack open the coconut, pour the water into a blender and scrape out the flesh with a spoon.
Why this is so good for you
Strawberries stimulate the burning of stored fat, lower inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, improve bone health, help prevent skin from sagging, help grow strong hair and nails, lower risk of macular degeneration, reduce the risk of stroke and help prevent constipation.
Coconuts speed up metabolism, reduce risk of heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes, improve digestion, increase immune strength, are anti – bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic; prevent osteoporosis, prevent stroke and help prevent the onset if Alzheimer’s disease.
Love Tash x
- 2 cups frozen strawberries (I washed mine and froze them for an hour or 2)
- Water and flesh of one young coconut
- Optional: sweetener of choice
- To garnish: a sprinkle of shredded coconut
- Place strawberries, coconut water and scooped out coconut flesh into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Divide between 2 glasses, sprinkle with shredded coconut and add straws.