This is a balanced smoothie.
WHY? Because it contains fat (coconut oil) and protein (almonds) ,which help balance out sugars from the fruit in this concoction.
- 1 cup almond milk (learn how to make your own almond milk here)
- 5 strawberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/3 cup blueberries or blackberries
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp honey or agave
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 Tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
- coconut water (optional, but I always add a little of coconut water for extra hydration and electrolytes)
Blend almond milk, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and vanilla first until smooth. THEN add *coconut oil, slowly with the blender still running on low so that it fully incorporates. Add a pinch of salt, and top with shredded coconut and leftover berries.
- Flatten the vanilla bean, and cut along the length of the bean. Do not cut it in half. Instead, cut just deep enough to open the bean from one end to the other.
- Use a spoon or a flat knife to scrape off the soft insides (smells so good, right?).
- Add it to recipe!
Note: Some people say that if you just scrape out the inside of the vanilla bean, you don’t get all of the available flavor. So, for a more complex flavor you can also use the whole bean pods, but only if you have a high performance blender like Vitamix od Blendtech. There were will be some visible tiny black specs at the end, but the texture should be smooth.
A few nutrition tips:
- *ALWAYS ALWAYS add a little coconut oil to your fruit smoothies. This will help balance the natural sugars in it so that you don’t have a quick spike with a preceded CRASH. Fat slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream. Coconut oil : Increases energy, fat burning capacity and reduces hunger because it fills you up for a sustained period of time. Its good for the heart, brain, and SKIN!
- CHEW this smoothie, by adding some shredded coconut and a couple whole berries and strawberries on top.
I realize that when I slurp down my smoothie with a straw it is gone in 10 seconds, maybe 5.
Having something to CHEW ON in your smoothie is the key to slow down digestion, and feel more satiated. Also chewing allows you to FULLY enjoy and savor that same smoothie that you would otherwise blindly shoot down your throat.
MASTICATION, fancy word for chewing and also just more similar to the spanish word MASTICAR, allows the food to hang-out longer in the mouth, giving your saliva enzymes a greater opportunity to lubricate the food and start the CHEMICAL- ENZYMATIC process of digestion.
Chewing signals the brain for satiation, making you eat less; the brain is able to receive a series of messages from digestive hormones that tell it is full before you take the EXTRA bite of anything else post-smoothie.
So enjoy! And chew!