Saturday, March 28, 2015

Orange Coconut Creamsicle Smoothie

As you know, I'm a big fan of smoothies. They're bright, fresh, hydrating, packed with nutrients, quick to prepare, and go down nicely in the morning or after a workout. Always playing around with flavour combinations, I blended this one the other day and loved it so much that I've now made it three days in a row. Cocozia sent me a big pile of their organic coconut water for review and it is so tasty! They're the perfect serving size to bring to school or the gym. The flavour is clean and crisp, especially when refrigerated. Vegans, paleo cavemen/women, or someone in between.... everyone can benefit from coconut water. A lot of folks call coconut water "nature's Gatorade" because it's loaded with natural electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, etc. Click here for the link to Cocozia's site, and here for the link to purchase on Amazon.com. As coconut water is so great on its own, I didn't want to hide its delicate flavour by cooking or baking with it. This simple smoothie lets the ingredient shine:


Blend together the following:

- 1 very ripe, frozen banana
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 11 fl oz. / 330 mL (little more than a cup) of coconut water
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice
- zest and juice of 1 orange or 2 clementines
- 1/2 tbs psyllium husk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (the good kind)
- as much water and ice as you like

Pour into a big mason jar and enjoy!

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