Coconut oil is the crown jewel of cooking oils in the kitchens of most Paleo chefs. But … *GASP* … I don’t like cooking with it. It can make things taste, well… too coconut-y … which works great with a select few dishes, but not for my day to day cooking. But, that is just personal preference. I much prefer the flavors of ghee, duck fat and lard.
Coconut oil is loaded with health benefits. It is great for skin and hair. It is also the highest source of Lauric acid (besides breast milk) found in food. Lauric acid has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It’s thought that people that consume coconut oil regularly get sick less often.
When I was pregnant, I was trying to get at least 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in my diet a day, so I started making this smoothie. Since, I was using a high-quality raw, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil, I preferred this method because it didn’t require me to heat the oil, ensuring that I was getting the most nutrients out of it.
This smoothie is packed with healthy fats and some protein, so it will keep your blood sugar levels stable and it will keep you full!
Instead of conventional protein powder, I use gelatin for a protein boost. 2 tablespoons of gelatin has about 12 grams of protein, which is less than most protein powders. However, it has a ton of other benefits. It is great for skin, hair, nails, the immune system, reducing inflammation and soothing the gut. Basically, it’s a superfood!
We use this green bottle of gelatin because it doesn’t gel, so you can easily add it to smoothies, water, coffee, or tea for an added nutrient boost. Plus, this brand of gelatin is from grass-fed cows!
If you are pregnant and experiencing nausea, you can add some fresh grated ginger (between 1/2 teaspoon and 1 teaspoon) to this smoothie. Ginger is commonly used to treat nausea and upset stomach. If you don’t have much of an appetite, this smoothie will help you get some nutrients and hopefully soothe the nausea a bit.
This smoothie also makes an awesome Paleo toddler snack. Indyanna loves it! We have been sharing one for a mid-morning snack lately. This might be TMI (sorry!), but it is also really helpful, if your toddler is having any trouble with bowel movements. The combinatin of coconut oil, avocado and berries really helps things move along!
Nutrient-Rich Berry Smoothie
1 tablespoon organic, cold-pressed coconut oil (I use this one)
1/2 an avocado
2 tablespoons gelatin (use this one because it doesn’t gel)
1 cup coconut water (you can substitute another liquid of your choice)
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
1 cup frozen mixed berries
- Blend the coconut oil, avocado, gelatin, coconut water and honey (if using). Once this is well blended, add the berries and blend until smooth. It’s important to not add all the ingredients at once because the cold berries, will freeze the coconut oil, and it won’t be smooth, you will end up with lots of little hard beads of coconut oil in your smoothie.
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