Smoothies are such a delicious and quick way to nourish yourself with all kinds of goodness. I often make my smoothies based on what I know my body is in need of, and it's a bonus if I can also include natural resources that are in season. This recipe features just the right amount of sweetness, warming spices and veggies that make you feel like you've wrapped your insides in the coziest winter blanket, and it even delivers satisfying crunch! Bon apetit!

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Huge handful Spinach
  • 2-3 tbsp Coconut milk (canned, full-fat) *tip: when purchasing, give the can a shake. If you can hear/feel a lot of sloshing, go for a different can. The more creaminess to scoop out, the better*
  • 1/2 Fennel bulb
  • 1.5 cups Coconut water
  • Small handful Mint
  • 1/2 Pear
  • Small handful Blueberries
  • Many hearty shakes Cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp Cacao nibs

What you'll do:

  1. Blend all ingredients except for the cacao nibs
  2. Add in cacao nibs, give it a quick blend so that they mix without becoming much smaller
  3. Garnish with additional nibs and cinnamon, if you so choose

Health Benefits:

  • Avocado: High in vitamins K, C, B5, B6, and E, as well as folate, copper and potassium. They also contain a large amount of healthy fats that contribute to lowering bad cholesterol and fighting heart disease, and most of their carbs are fiber so that the overall net carb is very low. 
  • Coconut: The high levels of saturated fats in coconut may worry you due to how our society has been led to believe about fat vs. fat-free foods, but what if I told you that coconut's fats are actually more helpful in losing weight and lowering bad cholesterol levels than fat-free alternatives? 'Tis true! Coconut also comes with antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. Coconut helps your immune system, your hair and skin, and your heart. 
  • Fennel: High in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Fennel plays a role in maintaining healthy bones, blood pressure, heart, inflammation, metabolism, and digestion. All for very little calories!
  • Mint: High in vitamin A and C, iron, fiber, calcium, manganese, and folate. Mint has been used to aid in digestion, memory retention, congestion issues, oral health, and as a natural stimulant for ages. 
  • Cinnamon: As I noted in my previous recipe post, it is best to use "true" cinnamon whenever possible. This version is not filled with other miscellaneous spices and chemicals, thus removing many of the incredible benefits of the spice. Cinnamon contains high amounts of medicinal properties, antioxidants, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatories. It helps our bodies sensitivities to insulin production and use, and can reduce effects of diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer.
  • Cacao nibs: Essentially bits of seeds from cacao trees, this raw, unrefined chocolate is loaded with healthy goods! They contain fiber, flavonoid antioxidants, and stimulating caffeine. There continue to be studies that are revealing cacao's ability to bring more longevity to our lifespan.
  • Spinach: This beautiful leaf comes ridiculously packed with vitamins K, and A (well over 100% of your daily intake), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper...the list goes on. A recent study revealed that spinach contains glycoglycerolipids, which help protect the digestive tract's lining from damage by unwanted ailments and inflammation. Spinach is also the only leafy green to be a significant combatant against prostate cancer, 
  • Blueberries: This berry's main claim to fame is it's direct and powerful assistance in memory improvement. It also features high levels of vitamin K and C, manganese, copper, and fiber.