A comedian joked that people hate vegetables so much; they are prepared to blitz them up with fruit just to consume them. Do I eat 5 a day? – Not without my smoothies I don’t!
As an everyday staple – think morning porridge oats – I have experimented with so much variety that I am prepared to ask my supermarket to venture out to more exotic. There have been some bad moments (never consuming papaya again) and I am not touching celery (you literally need an entire packet of fruit to combat the taste) but my latest ingredient is certainly making for an appetising treat.
Coconuts; according to BBC Good Food, are packed with vitamins from “C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6”. They have plentiful minerals including magnesium, which is a component that many diets are lacking. Since eating more plant-based, this magic (sorry milk) has found its way into dessert fillings, curry bases and milkshakes (smoothies so rich that I refuse to accept they are not shakes).
Coconut milk is the ingredient that my smoothies were missing. Since having found (no longer sleeping in the cupboard with tinned lentils), I have experimented and with a few tips and tricks, found a formula that will allow this product to pour deliciousness towards your plastic cup.
Going through 7 cans of coconut milk a week seems a tad extreme; I would choose particular days to include. I find a whole can is perfect, but if you find the taste quite strong, you may be better opting for half a can and storing the rest in the fridge.
The trick is to keep the drink chilled – either lots of ice or a huge dose of frozen fruit. Be adventurous with your flavour – I am a fan of pineapple, banana, passion fruit or handfuls of frozen berries. When it comes to vegetables, I tend to stick with my standard spinach or frozen beetroot, which creates an amazing colour.
Coconut milk in general, will enhance texture and shade. I find it just makes any smoothie appear incredible.
Tip: Desiccated coconut and cinnamon make for a fancy topping.
Below are some of my coconut smoothie creations. Which one would you choose?
Banana, passionfruit and pineapple surprise
Frozen berry infusion