These delicious and simple coconut oil smoothies are healthy, detoxifying, energizing and a great way to incorporate coconut oil into your diet.
This post was made in collaboration with iHerb.
Let’s Talk Coconut Oil Smoothies
I created these delicious smoothies back in 2018 for a summer recipe collaboration with iHerb and I’m bringing the spotlight back onto these detoxifying drinks at another perfect time of year when many people have their minds on self-improvement. One of my personal goals in 2021 is to drink more water as it’s a big struggle for me these days with two kiddos keeping me busy… I simply forget!
I’m currently breastfeeding so hydration is key and upping my daily water intake is the focus. For many, a great goal for improving health is adding more smoothies into weekly life. Coconut oil smoothies in particular have wonderful health benefits and taste amazing.
Best Foods for ‘Detoxing’
I’ve talked about “detoxing” on the blog before and I want to clarify before continuing that I use the word not to encourage anything extreme but rather encourage adding naturally detoxifying whole foods and ingredients to your every day routine to support your body’s natural detox systems (the liver, skin, digestive system) which “detox” your body efficiently when not bogged down by poor diet and/or stress.
It’s amazing how well our bodies actually do this “detox” thing naturally, but it’s always nice, especially after a period of eating not-so-great, to bring in reinforcements.
My choice reinforcements for detoxification support are:
- leafy greens
- coconut oil
- MCT oil
Coconut Oil & MCT Oil for Detoxification
In these tasty detox smoothies I used Nature’s Way premium coconut oil and MCT oil from iHerb. Both of these healthy oils blend perfectly with the other ingredients and they both have a plethora of health benefits including detoxification.
Coconut oil contains natural compounds that kill bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. It functions as a powerful antioxidant protecting the body against destructive free radicals that are often caused by toxins, and the compounds in coconut oil can also be used by the body as a great source of fuel to stimulate metabolism.
When metabolism in the body increases so does the natural process of detoxification, this can also stimulate the immune system making it more efficient.
MCT oil (short for medium chain triglycerides oil) sourced from coconut oil has all of the same benefits as it is the compound found most concentrated in coconut oil, roughly 65% of the fats found in coconut oil are MCT’s. Some individuals choose MCT oil over coconut oil as they find it easier to digest and that it is more concentrated in beneficial MCT’s.
For each of these detoxifying coconut oil smoothies you can use either Coconut Oil or MCT Oil or a mixture of both.
Ingredients in Coconut Oil Smoothies
Aside from the beneficial oils, the smoothies contain some other detoxifying powerhouses including:
- beets, known to contain a number of nutrients that aid in cleansing and detoxifying
- lemon, which stimulates digestion and enzyme production
- kale, a great source of fibre and antioxidants
- collagen powder (hydrolyzed collagen), which contains glycine, an amino acid the liver uses in the detoxification process
The three detox smoothies each have the same “base” of banana, pineapple, collagen, coconut oil (or MCT oil), and almond milk or coconut water. Once you’ve added your base ingredients to the blender you simply add in the special ingredients that makes each one come into their own.
For the Beautifying Beet I added in strawberries, beet, and vanilla, for the Citrus Glow I added in orange, lemon, and turmeric, and vanilla, and for the Green Goddess I added in kale, cucumber, and spirulina! Each smoothie has it’s own distinct flavour, detoxifying benefits, and is incredibly refreshing.
How To Prevent Coconut Oil from Clumping in Smoothies
When making a smoothie with coconut oil there is a chance that the coconut oil will clump. This is because coconut oil hardens when cold and when combined with frozen or cold ingredients in a smoothie, the coconut oil can become hard and not blend completely. To avoid this I recommend the following:
- Use a Liquid Coconut Oil (such as Nature’s Way brand) that stays liquid at room temperature
- Pour the liquid coconut oil slowly in the blender through the top opening while blending
This will prevent any clumping and ensure you have a delicious and completely smooth smoothie!
If you haven’t used coconut oil before this is a great way to try it out. Nature’s Way makes great quality oils and has a a vast line of natural supplements including vitamins like B-100 Complex, minerals like Magnesium Complex, and adaptogens like Ashwagandha (which is great for stress by the way).
Have you tried coconut oil in your smoothies before? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo and check out the additional coconut oil smoothies listed below for inspiration!
3 More Coconut Oil Smoothies You’ll Love:
- Anti Aging Coconut Tumeric Smoothie
- Kale Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
- Refreshing Pineapple Weight Loss Smoothie
- Blueberry Smoothie with Coconut Oil