Yield - 1 large smoothie
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 cup full fat coconut milk (cooking coconut milk , NOT drinking milk)
1/2 inch chunk of ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of black pepper
*Optional add-on - 1 scoop of protein powder (either plain or vanilla) OR 1 scoop collagen
Add coconut milk to high-powered blender (like a Vitamix), followed by fruit, dates and ginger, oats, hemp hearts, and spices (turmeric, cinnamon, and pepper). If you're going to add collagen do so now as well. Blend for about 2 minutes, until smooth.
- you can use fresh fruit as well, just add a few ice cubes for a nice smoothie texture.
- I prefer to have the least amount of sugars possible, but if you find that this is not sweet enough (sometimes the case with frozen fruit), add another date or two.
This smoothie is a great way to get your day started and will help keep you full for longer. It is also a great snack for those of you that require extra calories, ie) if you're breastfeeding or trying to gain weight.
This smoothie is filled with Vitamins A, B, C, E as well as many minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron (an important post-partum mineral), manganese and selenium. On top of the vitamin and mineral content; this smoothie has a large percentage of fiber which will help you feel satiated, and helps maintain good digestion. But, one of the coolest functions is from the healthy fats in this smoothie. The coconut milk contains a form of medium chain saturated fats called lauric acid, found in abundance only in one other place - breastmilk. Lauric acid is a health promoting fat that converts into a beneficial antiviral and antibacterial compound. Last but not least pineapple contains a compound called bromelain, which can help with inflammation, swelling and recovery from surgery - looking at you c-section mamas.