July 31, 2018 6:14 am Leave your thoughts
Some days, it isn’t just hot. It’s tropical! On these days, nothing fits the bill quite like a truly tropical smoothie. Refreshing, fruity and really pretty good for you, these might just transport you (in mind, at least) to the palm-fringed island of your dreams…
For the best tropical smoothies, you’ll need the best fresh fruit: mangoes, papaya, pineapples, fresh coconut and so on. But you’ll also need a few little extras – and here, we can help you out. Let’s take a look at Naturally Good Food’s tropical storecupboard range.
- Coconut milk or cream: coconut milk gives a dairy-free creaminess and a delicate coconut flavour. If you haven’t got a real coconut to hand, it makes a great substitute for the flesh of the nut itself (from which, of course, it is derived). Coconut cream will make the smoothie even thicker and richer.
- Coconut water: an entirely different product to coconut milk, with an utterly different taste that tends to divide opinion. Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside young coconuts and is considered to be one of the best liquids to take for hydration after exercise. There are claims too that it enhances athletic performance and endurance.
- Coconut oil (butter): coconut oil is extracted from the kernels of coconuts and is considered a ‘good’ fat – rich in lauric acid and antioxidant polyphenols. It also brings a wonderful smoothness to a smoothie.
- Coconut palm sugar (and coconut blossom nectar): you might not need to sweeten your smoothie at all. But if you simply can’t resist, then stay with the tropical theme and use some coconut palm sugar (or a liquid form, coconut blossom nectar). There’s simply nothing to compare with its wonderful floral flavour.
- Dates: if you’re using dried fruit, dates are the most authentic for a tropical smoothie. They do well for thickening purposes, too.
- Agave syrup: agave syrup is intensely sweet – a little goes a long way. Extracted from cacti, it’s a little more exotic than your usual honey.
- Baobab fruit pulp powder: this powder is an incredibly rich source of vitamin C, as well as a good provider of fibre. It’s sweet, citrussy flavour is a little like a mixture of grapefruit and pear.
This post was written by Yzanne