[Recipe] Blueberry Coconut Smoothie from Less Than 200 Calories

 

This is a delicious smoothie made with blueberries and coconut … er, you guessed that already, didn’t you? (Lol!)

I’m always saying how flexible smoothies can be.

With this one, I’d suggest you could use full fat coconut milk. The fat in it makes it filling. A body needs fat to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, to protect vital organs and for building healthy cells and producing hormones.

If one smoothie is too much for you, or contains more calories than you want in one meal, split it in two and enjoy as two smaller meals/snacks.

 

Here are some of the benefits of coconut milk according to Dr Axe …

Builds Muscle and Helps Lose Fat
Studies find that medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) fatty acids found in coconut milk increase energy expenditure and help enhance physical performance. Following exercise, muscles also need plenty of nutrients — including electrolytes like magnesium and potassium that are found in coconut milk — to repair broken down tissue and grow back even stronger.

Because coconut milk is high in healthy fats, it also helps fill you up and prevent overeating or snacking throughout the day, which derail your efforts to improve your body composition.

 

Provides Electrolytes and Prevents Fatigue
… Coconut milk also contains the types of MCTs that are easily used by your brain for energy, without even needing to be processed through your digestive tract with bile acids like some other fats. Coconut milk’s calories provide a quick and efficient source of healthy calories for the brain, which is actually primarily made up of fat and relies on a steady stream of it to function.

 

Helps Lose Weight
… As a food high in MCTs, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food. Fats provide the feeling of being full and satisfied and can help prevent overeating, snacking, food cravings and potentially weight gain.

Of course, portion control is important considering the calorie count of coconut milk, but as a part of a healthy diet it provides necessary fatty acids in addition to other minerals that support weight loss and detoxification. Coconut milk is also hydrating and helps the digestive organs, like the liver and kidneys, function properly, which helps metabolize fat and remove waste from the body.

 

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