Coconut & Maqui Berry Smoothie

When making smoothies I tend to always sway towards mango or papaya, kiwi fruit or banana, cucumber, persimmon, fig or custard apple. For some reason, I rarely move in the direction of berries! But sometimes, I do crave them, perhaps on a morning when the rising sun whispers secrets of a steamy hot day ahead, or when I’m curled up in the middle of winter in woollen socks and craving that fresh taste of summer in a glass!

Either way, when I do crave berries, this is my go-to…

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • ½ a small ripe avocado
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of acai powder
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of maqui powder

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

You can add fresh greens to this recipe however I love the brightness of the berries so if I do add greens, I stick to light leaves such as coz lettuce or romaine lettuce rather than kale or spinach.

Transfer to a tall glass or wide mug and scatter with a few of your favourite toppings-

  • fresh berries
  • pumpkin seeds
  • coconut
  • cacao nibs
  • goji berries

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IMG_6354 The Maqui berry is a very dark purple berry grown only in the Patagonia region of Southern Chile in South America; regarded as one of the purest environments on earth. The rich fertile soil from this region is a key factor in their potency.

This super berry has been scientifically tested and proven to be highly beneficial for maintaining good health benefits. For many years the local Mapuche Indians have used maqui berries as an effective medicinal remedy for numerous ailments.

There are many different foods that are claimed to be high in antioxidants; which are natural ingredients that help our bodies fight free radical damage that often contaminates our bodies, yet Maqui berries have been proven to be one of the highest single sources available. The Maqui Berry is shown to-

  • Protect cells from oxidative stress
  • Fight free radicals
  • Anti-aging
  • Weight loss
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Good source of Vitamin C and Potassium.
  • It contains the highest ORAC value of any Superfood.
  • It also contains high levels of polyphenols and anthocyanins.

So add some to your smoothie today!

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