Coconut in all of its forms is wonderful for smoothies. Coconut meat is a great flavor addition, and while coconut milk and water are good liquids, Coconut oil is also becoming increasingly popular, not just as a dietary supplement, but also for skin and hair care. It is a bit higher in calories, due to its fat content but it is a healthy fat that is full of nutrients.
One half inch thick 2×2 inch chunk of coconut (about the right size for a smoothie if mixing in other ingredients) has the following nutritional profile: Calories 159, Fat 15 g, Sodium 9 mg, Potassium 160 mg, Carbohydrate 7 g,Dietary fiber 4 g , Sugar 2.8 g, Protein 1.5g.
One of the key nutrients in coconuts are that they are also rich in lauric acid, which has a reputation for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, along with boosting the immune system. It also increases HDL Cholesterol levels, which is the good cholesterol.
Coconut Water for Smoothies
Coconut water is particulalry high in electrolytes, generally much more so than the average sports drink. As a result, some athletes use it in place of commercial preparations in order to hydrate without taking in substances such as high fructose corn syrup that gets added to the commercial sports drinks. This also makes it a great post exercise drink, and it can be useful for preventing dehydration and treating dehydration in association with diarrhea. Use coconut water in place of your liquid to create an electrolyte rich smoothie.
Coconut Milk for Smoothies
Coconut Milk is a good milk replacement for smoothies, offering much of the same nutritional benefits as the meat. It also tastes great in smoothies. However, be cautious using it in large amounts, as it can have a laxative effect. One smoothie is no big deal, but several in a row might have you running for the bathroom!
Coconut Oil Smoothies
Coconut oil is used primarily for it particulalry high concentration of lauric acid. Add a teaspoon to your smoothie to get the immune boosting benefits of lauric acid.
Coconut Smoothie Recipes
Here are our smoothies using coconuts, coconut milk, cocnut water, and coconut oil: