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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Coconut Water Super Smoothie

I thought coconut water was another faddish product of the health movement.  It was light and refreshing but I didn't think much about it as an ingredient until I tasted a smoothie made with it.  Wow! Instead of packing more calories in with fruit juice or powders, coconut water is just the right element to blend a choice of ingredients and enjoy it's many powerful benefits.  Coconut water from young green coconuts is low in sugar, sodium and fat, high in potassium, antioxidants and many other benefits.  It's only draw back might be consuming too much if your watching calories and that's easy to do. 8 oz has about 50 calories.

I just ordered a case on Amazon; I'm hooked.  Here's a simple smoothie that is my new breakfast treat or after workout recovery drink. It's also a great idea to get the veggies down the kids.

In a blender:

1 cup ripe fresh pineapple
1 small ripe banana
1 handful fresh spinach
8 oz. of coconut water

Blend on high until smooth. Pick your own fruits and veggies but the slightly sweet, nutty flavor of coconut water makes the difference.  Try blends of berries, cucumber, melons, mint, lemon, lime, kale, beet, pomegranate, apple, pear, peach, carrot, orange, grapefruit, ginger, mango, papaya, chia seed, almonds milk, yogurt, honey, grapes.........and the list goes on.  I'm thinking of other ways to work it into my diet and so should you!

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