Looking for a quick breakfast on the go with a sweet berry taste yet keeps you feeling good all morning long? This might be your new favorite go-to! Meet the Coconut Berry Smoothie.
As I’m writing this, it’s mid-August in Nashville and that means…it’s so hot, like 99 degrees F hot and humid! Regardless if you’re trying to the beat the heat or not, I hope you enjoy trying this nutrient dense shake I’ve been making most mornings this summer for a quick breakfast on the go and it’s refreshing.
Like the title suggests, this smoothie has coconut milk, frozen coconut chunks (more on this later), mixed frozen berries, chia seeds, protein, and frozen zucchini. All in all, an easy macronutrient balanced smoothie covering your needs for protein, healthy fats, fiber, carbohydrates, and it tastes delicious! I was shopping at Trader Joes the other week, browsing the frozen fruit section because I needed to stock up on some frozen organic berries to use for this recipe when I stumbled upon frozen coconut chunks. I was so excited I bought three bags, yes, seriously three! The ingredients are 100% NS approved and they’re literally just mature coconut chunks, frozen and ready to thaw and eat/snack on or add to a smoothie frozen like I use here. If you don’t have access to Trader Joes for these frozen coconut chunks, I recommend using 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut with an additional 1/2 cup frozen zucchini. This will give you the same taste and texture, plus the fiber since this frozen coconut has about 7g per heaping 1/2 cup!
(nutrition) stripped and how this will make you glow from the inside:
- Fiber: As a Dietitian, I’m constantly breaking the ice with clients and catching up on how their digestion is going – i.e. the in’s and out’s are so important and good indicators of our health internally. Fiber is a cornerstone in healthy digestion and most people are not getting enough fiber daily. I recommend at least 35 g, upwards to 50 g of fiber per day for some clients. This smoothie has a couple key players when it comes to fiber, the frozen zucchini, frozen coconut, and the chia seeds. All together if you treat this smoothie as 1 serving you’ll have about 10-14 g fiber! So, if you’re a newbie, start with smaller portions of the frozen coconut and chia seeds so your body can adjust, otherwise get ready for a happy and full tum.
- Vitamin C: Both strawberries and cherries are loaded with this antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and we know vitamin C plays a role in maintaining healthy immune function, skin integrity, cardiovascular health, prevents the common cold, and plays a role in cancer management from prevention to treatments that may include vitamin C.
- Optimizer Option: for more berry boost (and a boost in antioxidants from berries) I add in freeze dried strawberry and tart cherry powder, both are loaded with vitamin C and inflammation fighting compounds. These nutrients are especially great post-workout and if your body is under any kind of stress (hey, remember exercise is still stress on the body). Cherries have been shown to help reduce inflammation especially with post-workout muscle soreness and inflammation. Win-win and it tastes delicious! I stock my pantry with the ones listed below the recipe and really enjoy them in smoothies.
This has been a go-to smoothie recipe for breakfast but it would also be a great dessert, especially if you have a sweet tooth after dinner. By the way, if you haven’t tried these Mint Chocolate Feel Amazing Fudge bites, then you have to for a sweet treat! Otherwise, I’ll bring this to work in the morning for breakfast on the go and store it in my favorite glass bottle.
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- 1 cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup frozen coconut chunks
- ½ cup mixed frozen berries (raspberries, cherries, and strawberries)
- ½ cup frozen chopped zucchini
- 1 teaspoon freeze dried strawberry powder, optional
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
WHAT I USED TO MAKE THIS: freeze dried strawberry and cherry powder, vanilla protein powder, coconut chunks from Trader Joes, and coconut milk. Glass bottle I use for on the go smoothies and water! Beautiful gold glasses as pictured here.