STRAWBERRY CACAO SMOOTHIE

Strawberry Cacao Coconut Smoothie low-carb LCHF

Chocolate is not only for dessert, but breakfast too. Sip the healing flavors of cacao powder with the bright zing of strawberries in a creamy coconut milk base. It’s a great recipe to have on-hand for those busy mornings. The secret ingredient to this recipe is the coconut oil. It adds healthy fats without zero carbs.

 

HEALING BENEFITS

Strawberries are the most popular berry and with good reason. They are seasonal but delicious when consumed fresh. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and the good flavonoids of quercetin and kaempferol, both of which promote the good type of cholesterol and reduce atherosclerosis. Strawberries are heavily fertilized which is why they are on the Dirty Dozen list, so only buy organic.

 

Cacao is the dried fatty seed of the cacao plant, from which chocolate products are made. These highly bitter seeds can be made into cacao powder or cacao nibs. Dark chocolate and cacao offer the highest amount of antioxidants. Studies have proven the power of cacao to increase your body’s immunity and decrease blood pressure. Always seek cacao chocolate or cacao powder, since the similar cocoa powder is heavily processed which removes most of the healing properties. Read the label, you want to find the unsweetened variety, sometimes labeled baking chocolate.

 

Coconut milk is made from the inner “meat” of the tropical coconut. It is actually a fruit, not a nut like the name implies. The “conventional nutrition” wisdom that claims that coconut milk is unhealthy because it has fat is false. In fact, the coconut has healing properties because of its healthy fat content. Coconut milk and coconut oil are both high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which can lower the risk of heart disease. Studies show that Alzheimer’s patients benefit from the MCT fats. And Alzheimer’s has a strong link to diabetes with some doctors even calling it “Type 3” diabetes.

 

PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER

Follow the instructions below to make this simple breakfast. Fresh or frozen strawberries can be used here. Most of the year frozen berries are cheaper and tastier than the fresh. The summer months are when strawberries are in peak season. Trader Joe’s has cocoa powder which can be used here. But having a pound of cacao powder on-hand is not only cheaper, but also healthier. Cacao powder is less refined than cocoa powder, which keeps more of its nutrients and antioxidants. We also think it tastes better, too. Amazon sells a quality cacao powder. This is one recipe that needs some sweetening. A few drops of liquid stevia work magic here. The stevia is great for diabetics. It is the only natural sweetener that will not spike blood sugar levels. Avoid Stevia In The Raw® since it has dextrose in it and can cause blood sugar spikes and inflammation.

It’s good practice to pull out all the cookware you need before cooking. Likewise, pulling out the ingredients you need to measure or chop beforehand will simplify your cooking. The French call this practice mise en place which translates to “putting in place”. It is practiced in restaurants and taught to chefs in culinary school.

Strawberry Cacao Smoothie Ingredients low carb LCHF
A good blender is needed for this filling smoothie. The Vitamix is king and blends smoothies smoother than anything else on the market. But most blenders can handle the frozen berries, you just might need to blend it a bit longer to get it silky smooth.

Pour the liquids in first. Then the coconut milk and 1 cup of water per serving. Add the optional vanilla, if using, and about 4-5 drops of the liquid stevia. Put the lid on and start your blender on the lowest setting. Gradually increase the speed to about half power. Then add the coconut oil, cacao powder and pea protein powder. Last, add the strawberries and replace the lid. Gradually increase the speed to full power and blend for about 1-2 minutes. If you’re using fresh berries, add a handful of ice to cool it down.

Pour into a glass and enjoy within a few hours. Smoothies do not keep well overnight nor in the freezer.

Serving Size: Note this recipe has three lists of ingredients to accommodate all three meal plans. If you’re planning on this recipe for several days, simply multiply the amounts out to meet your needs.

1,500 Calorie Ingredient List

  • Coconut Milk (Can), 3.5 tbsp
  • Filtered Water, 1 cup
  • Vanilla, optional, 1/4 tsp
  • Liquid Stevia, 4-5 droppers
  • Coconut Oil, 2 tsp
  • Cacao Powder, 1 tsp
  • Pea Protein Powder, 2 tbsp
  • Strawberries, ORGANIC, fresh or frozen, 3/8 cup
  • Ice, optional

 

2,000 Calorie Ingredient List

  • Coconut Milk (Can), 4.5 tbsp
  • Filtered Water, 1 cup
  • Vanilla, optional, 1/4 tsp
  • Liquid Stevia, 4-5 droppers
  • Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Cacao Powder, 1 tsp
  • Pea Protein Powder, 2 tbsp
  • Strawberries, ORGANIC, fresh or frozen, 1/2 cup
  • Ice, optional

 

3,500 Calorie Ingredient List

  • Coconut Milk (Can), 1/2 cup
  • Filtered Water, 2 cup
  • Vanilla, optional, 1/2 tsp
  • Liquid Stevia, 10 droppers
  • Coconut Oil, 5 tsp
  • Cacao Powder, 2 tsp
  • Pea Protein Powder, 5 tbsp
  • Strawberries, ORGANIC, fresh or frozen, 7/8 cup
  • Ice, optional
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Chocolate is not only for dessert, but breakfast too. Sip the healing flavors of cacao powder with the bright zing of strawberries in a creamy coconut milk base. It’s a great recipe to have on-hand for those busy mornings. The secret ingredient to this recipe is the coconut oil. It adds healthy fats without zero carbs.
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15 oz
Ingredients
  • >>>1,500 Calorie Ingredient List<<<
  • Coconut Milk (Can), 3.5 tbsp
  • Filtered Water, 1 cup
  • Vanilla, optional, ¼ tsp
  • Liquid Stevia, 4-5 droppers
  • Coconut Oil, 2 tsp
  • Cacao Powder, 1 tsp
  • Pea Protein Powder, 2 tbsp
  • Strawberries, ORGANIC, fresh or frozen, ⅜ cup
  • Ice, optional
  • >>>2,000 Calorie Ingredient List<<<
  • Coconut Milk (Can), 4.5 tbsp
  • Filtered Water, 1 cup
  • Vanilla, optional, ¼ tsp
  • Liquid Stevia, 4-5 droppers
  • Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Cacao Powder, 1 tsp
  • Pea Protein Powder, 2 tbsp
  • Strawberries, ORGANIC, fresh or frozen, ½ cup
  • Ice, optional
  • >>>3,500 Calorie Ingredient List<<<
  • Coconut Milk (Can), ½ cup
  • Filtered Water, 2 cup
  • Vanilla, optional, ½ tsp
  • Liquid Stevia, 10 droppers
  • Coconut Oil, 5 tsp
  • Cacao Powder, 2 tsp
  • Pea Protein Powder, 5 tbsp
  • Strawberries, ORGANIC, fresh or frozen, ⅞ cup
  • Ice, optional
Instructions
  1. Pour the liquids in first. Then the coconut milk and 1 cup of water per serving. Add the optional vanilla, if using, and about 4-5 drops of the liquid stevia. Put the lid on and start your blender on the lowest setting.
  2. Gradually increase the speed to about half power. Then add the coconut oil, cacao powder and pea protein powder.
  3. Last, add the strawberries and replace the lid. Gradually increase the speed to full power and blend for approximately 1-2 minutes. If you’re using fresh berries, add a handful of ice to cool it down.

 

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