This is the best smoothie you will ever taste, hands down. It doesn’t taste like any smoothie you have ever had before. The fresh vanilla bean and young coconut make you feel like you’re in Tahiti or Hawaii and are absolutely healthy and satisfying.
Coconut water is known as a very healthy drink - and rightly so. Just a cup has 17% of your recommended amount of potassium, 15% magnesium, and 17% manganese. When feeling bogged down, fatigued, or icky, a glass of cold, fresh coconut water can leave you more energized and rejuvenated. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in pregnancy, and coconut water can help you keep your fluids up. Water is essential for lots of our body processes. It contributes to the following when you’re expecting:
Delivers nutrients to fetus through the placenta.
Keeps fatigue at bay - one of the first signs of dehydration is fatigue.
Water is used in the amniotic sac.
It is recommended to drink 12 to 13 8-ounce glasses each day. Some ways to keep this up is to:
Flavor water with stevia drops and squeezed citrus, or cucumber, mint or berries.
Have a bottle you like and bring it with you everywhere.
Have a couple glasses right when you wake up while getting ready in the morning.
Eat fruit! One cup has about 4-5 ounces.
Keep a bottle on your desk when working and have a sip right away. After you take one sip and it’s just sitting there, you feel thirsty and can’t stop reaching for it!
Pretty soon it will be a habit and you will naturally want to keep drinking water throughout the day.
If you don’t like the taste of coconut water, this smoothie is a good way to sneak it in. It doesn’t have the strong taste of coconut water - but still has the benefits! This is a great drink to make on the weekends when relaxing with your spouse. It is quick enough to throw together for a weeknight dessert, too! If you don’t have access to fresh young coconuts, use coconut water and either dried cooconut or a bit of coconut cream or butter.
Ingredients (makes 2 small servings)
¼ cup coconut meat
Water from 1 young coconut (about 1 cup)
1-2 tablespoons almond butter
¾ - 1 inch piece of fresh vanilla bean
¼ cup of dates
Optional: pinch of salt
Open the young coconut by shaving the white fiber from cone top. After the white is gone and you have creates a “bald head” on the coconut, tap around the top in a circle. Use the back corner of a large knife. Watch a video on this technique here.
After the coconut is open, pour the water over a strainer into a large measuring cup. Scrape out the flesh inside and clean off any leftover husk/fibers.
Measure out ¼ cup of the flesh and pour the water and flesh into a blender. Add in the other ingredients: 1-2 tablespoons almond butter, ¾ - 1 inch piece of fresh vanilla bean, ¼ cup of dates and pinch of salt if you would like. Blend until very smooth.