The benefits of coconut milk are pretty remarkable. That’s one thing I love about this smoothie. With the addition of coconut milk you get an awful lot of benefit for such a tasty treat! Coconut milk is pretty sweet, and seems like it should be bad for you, but it’s not! It only has 2 grams of sugar. Even better is what else it DOES have, including manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and iron. So what does that mean for your body? It means it is great for your heart and can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, it is high in healthy fats so it can help your body build muscle and aid in losing weight (because of it’s fat content which leaves you with a better sense of feeling full), it provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue. Coconut milk also nourishes the digestive lining which aids in a healthy gut (think improved digestion and relieved constipation), the fat content in coconut milk also slows the rate at which sugars are released into the bloodstream (great for not getting those “sugar highs”). It is a good source of plant-based iron, can lower inflammation, and so much more!
That alone just makes me want a glass of coconut milk all by itself, but this smoothie also has banana, mango and pineapple. YUM! It tastes like you should be sitting on a beach on a tropical island somewhere. So whip up this smoothie, close your eyes and imagine yourself somewhere tropical!
1 cup frozen pineapple (you can use fresh pineapple but will then want to add ice to the blend)
1/2 cup diced mango
1 medium banana
coconut milk – enough to cover the fruit
- Blend until smooth.