You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up…… With summer in full swing and berries at their peak blenders are (or should be) in constant use. Breakfasts and snacks are easily achieved with smoothies chock full of summer fruit. Toss in lots of kale (or spinach, swiss chard, whatever greens you may have lying around) and you have a nutrient dense treat that even your pickiest eaters will gobble up. The addition of coconut butter gives a sweet creamy texture as well as a boost of healthy fats and lauric acid. The lime makes it taste like a “slushie” which appeals to adults and kids alike.
You can add more or less sweetener according to your taste. I don’t actually add any because the coconut butter gives it a sweet kick. You can use coconut oil equally well if that is what you have on hand. This makes a good “cocktail” with the addition of rum as I found out the other day when we had some friends drop in and I had a pitcher of this in the refrigerator. (I know, how very UN-detox diva like but sometimes letting your hair down is the best way to detox your mind!)
All berries are rich in vitamin C and also contain manganese, fibre, iodine, potassium, folate, B vitamins, omega 3, vit K, magnesium and/or copper and many other nutrients. The pigments that are responsible for their bright colors are powerful phytochemicals that provide high anti-oxidant activity – great for inflammatory conditions like arthritis and cardiovascular disease .
It increases energy, efficiently burns fat and improves thyroid function. It also helps in absorbing fat soluble vitamins and other important nutrients. Raw coconut is a great source of manganese, iron and fiber. Coconut is low in natural sugars too. Eaten by the Polynesians for centuries as a staple food could be the explanation why this tribe has the lowest rates of heart disease in the world.
The kale plant is a leafy vegetable that belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, e.g. cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Kale is rich in vitamin K, A, C, manganese, fibre, copper, tryptophan, calcium and B6 (among other trace B Vitamins). It is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients and anti-cancer nutrients, and supports detoxification.
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup kale leaves
- 2 teaspoons coconut butter (can use coconut oil instead)
- 3 tablespoons lime juice (can use lemon instead)
- 2 cups cold spring water
- a fewblueberries
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or 5-10 drops of stevia)
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender 1-2 minutes on high.
Note:: Try this with lettuce instead of kale as green leafies can be very hard on your thyroid.