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'Coconuts for You' Smoothie

Food

A new month means a new TASTY TUESDAY, and this month we’re excited to welcome well known nutritionist and author Lola Berry to our Tuesday foodie column!

Lola has a thing about smoothies. She’s SO obsessed with them, in fact, that she has just released a brand new book full of fresh smoothie and juice ideas – Lola Berry’s Little Book of Smoothies & Juices!

This month, Lola shares four of her favourite smoothies with us, kicking off with her ‘Coconuts for You’ coconut and blueberry smoothie. Using just four ingredients, this recipe takes about 2 minutes to make (as long as you remember to soak your cashew nuts overnight first!). We love to make ours with frozen blueberries, for a delicious icy consistency!

 

1st December, 2015

‘Coconuts for You’ coconut and blueberry smoothie. Recipe by Lola Berry. Andrei Davidoff ADC small plate from Mr Kitly, glasses from Cibi. Recipe by Lola Berry. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

Coconuts for You smoothie ingredients. Recipe by Lola Berry. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

Lola Berry
Tuesday 1st December 2015

This month I am excited to be TDF’s Tasty Tuesday contributor, sharing recipes from my new book on all things smoothie! This little book was created because I’m a bit of a smoothie and juice nerd. I love being healthy and getting nutrient dense food in, but often I’m running around trying to do a zillion and one things, and don’t have loads of time. These creations are simple, quick and tasty.

Smoothies are a brilliant meal on-the-go. I sometimes even have them for dinner if I’m exhausted – any excuse to get them in! If I feel like a treat, I’ll make the cacao based ones and pop them in the freezer for around 20 minutes so they kind of go like a chocolate mousse…!

The first recipe I’m sharing today is one of my favourites because it’s so simple – we’re talking like four ingredients in total! The combo just works. You can play around with the ingredients too – macadamia nuts work really well in the place of cashews, for instance. When I worked at a health store, each morning we used to make a big batch of this and just sip on it throughout the day! It’s brilliant for glowing skin with all the blueberries in there, and if I ever want it to really fill me up, I just add a scoop of unflavoured protein powder and it hits the spot.

 

Ingredients (Serves 2)

For the smoothies

150g (1 cup) blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 handful of cashew nuts, soaked for 2 hours or overnight, then rinsed

Pinch of ground cinnamon

600ml coconut water

For the topping (optional)

1 handful of fresh blueberries

Shaved fresh or dried coconut

Method

Pop all the ingredients in the blender and whiz everything together until you have a silky smooth consistency.

Pour into glasses and top with extra fresh blueberries to finish. Enjoy!

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