Recipe: Strawberry & Coconut Smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

Since the arrival of “the beast” aka the Vitamix, my morning smoothies have become more and more adventurous, and I have slowly been upping the amounts of green vegetables in them.  By increasing the proportion of my diet which is raw I feel healthier and more energetic.  When I am away and skip my raw green smoothies for a day or two I quickly notice an energy drop and tummy grumbles.

This is a gentler smoothie, entirely fruit based, that any blender should be able to handle, although the final result might not be as silky smooth as you would get from a Vitamix.  If you use chilled, rather than frozen fruit, and grind your chia seeds in a spice grinder a stick blender will be able to handle this one.

My chia seeds, from Chia Bia, have a large number of health benefits. As well as being a good source of omega 3 oils, they are hydrophilic, able to absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, making you feel fuller for longer and slowing absorption of sugars.   You can buy them from health food shops, including Holland & Barrett.  I find flax or linseed, available from most supermarkets is a good substitute, as with the chia grind them as you use them.

Although coconut oil is high in saturated fats it is delicious and a little goes a long way.  Adding fat to my smoothie makes me feel fuller for longer.  Amongst many reported health benefits, new studies suggest coconut oil may help in slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.  Mine was from the Groovy Food Company.

I’ve written about pesticide free Good Natured Fruit and Vegetables before; they use biological methods rather than pesticides to keep bugs at bay.  Sold in Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons they provide an affordable and pesticide free product that is cheaper than organic. (There are several posts that I want to write about this, as I firmly believe there needs to be a middle ground between farmed with chemicals and full on organic with an associated smaller price premium).  I tried their new winter strawberries which although not as sweet as the summer variety were pretty good, and also packed full of vitamin C.

Recipe: Strawberry & Coconut Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients
2 tsp chia seeds (or flax / linseed)
1 banana
1 cup red grapes
1 cup strawberries
1 tsp coconut oil
1 cup water

Grind the chia seeds in a spice grinder or your blender, depending on its power.

Add the other ingredients (my strawberries and grape were frozen) and blend until smooth.

Serve immediately.

Notes

For a thicker smoothie add some oats which you have soaked overnight in water or apple juice.

Strawberry Chia Smoothie and Vitamix

Given my winter strawberries are seasonal I am sending this to Ren’s Simple & In Season this month, over at Cakes, Crumbs and Cooking.

Simple and in Season

Many thanks to Vitamix for my machine, and to Chia bia, Groovy Food Company & Good Natured for samples.

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About Helen

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance writer, who has been writing about achievable and affordable food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles and recipes to a number of online and print food magazines.

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Comments

  1. Looking forward to your forthcoming posts on organic vs normal fruit and veg. I agree with you completely on the price issue, and there is of course the ecological issue with organic as you need more land to grow as much.

    • It is a very interesting issue, some pesticides / herbicides are more persistent than others, and some smaller producers cannot afford the period of reduced yields when converting.

      Producers such as Pipers Farm, to all intents and purposes do farm organically, but have never been certified as they think that the term organic has been hijacked for marketing purposes, and object to it becoming a box ticking exercise with someone who does not know them or their land.

  2. Well, I’ve learnt something there – I didn’t realise it was possible to have winter strawberries! Thanks for entering this into Simple and In Season.

  3. That looks like strawberry mousse it’s so thick. How delicious. I use chia seeds in my smoothies, but leave them to soak for a bit rather than grinding them first.

  4. It looks wonderful Helen. I love the first photo. Beautiful colours. Must try coconut oil.

    • Love coconut oil. All the flavour and you only need a tiny amount.

      And as for the colours there was just a little tweak of the saturation slider! ;-)

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