Coconut water (from young Thai coconuts) has a naturally sweet taste and is great for adding some additional sweetness and hydration to your drinks. Coconut water is high in electrolytes (potassium and sodium) and has been called nature’s own sports drink exactly for that reason. It can help fight off muscle cramps and dehydration, and, in general, promote healing in the body. Coconut water is high in potassium – an important nutrient for heart health and regulating blood pressure. Make sure to get raw, unpasteurized coconut water, or even better, water from a fresh, young coconut (the ones with the white, stringy shells).
1 frozen banana (or the meat from one young Thai Coconut)
2 frozen (or not) oranges (medium)
1 cup coconut water
2 Tbs raw sprouted pumpkin seeds (or plain raw)
1 cup spinach or another favorite leafy green, such as collards or chard
Pinch of fresh raw ginger, finely grated
- ½ avocado for added health fats and creamier texture
- Splash of lemon juice (1/2 lemon squeezed)
- For added sweetness, toss in a handful of green grapes, 1 peeled kiwi, ½ cored soft pear or a diced green apple (handful)
- For a super creamy smoothie, substitute almond milk for the coconut water
Place all ingredients in a blender.
Blend from low to very high speed. (To fully puree the greens and orange it’s best to use a high speed blender. The high speed for a few seconds will really break up any bits of pumpkin seeds or leafy greens).
Adapted from Kathy Patalsky’s Frosty Pumpkin Seed Sweet Green Smoothie