As I started into the health food phase, I wrongly believed that healthy smoothies were only for breakfast, or a mid-morning snack. Then I made this smoothie, and realized, it is pretty enough for dessert! Especially during the summer when you really want something light, with a little tang, and overall refreshing.
Not only does this smoothie look good, it also tastes great, and is very healthy. In fact, you can serve it to guests, and they won’t even realize you are helping them eat healthy.
Smoothies are simple enough to make, but it always goes a little faster when you gather all your ingredients at the beginning.
3/4 c coconut water
1/4 c lemon juice
1 1/2 c frozen raspberries
1/2 c vanilla greek yogurt (you could use regular, but the vanilla adds a little extra sweetness)
1/4 c shredded coconut flakes (I used sweetened, you can use whatever you like best)
1 T chia seed
1 kale leaf
Throw all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed. I saved a couple of pieces from the kale leaf for garnish. You can also add just a half a leaf if you have very discerning guests (picky like my husband). Blend until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. I don’t have a Blendtec or Vitamix, just a good ol’ fashioned Ninja, and this works just fine.
Here’s the tricky part: the raspberry seeds help hide the chia seed. If you want to hide the chia seed further, use a tablespoon of ground chia seed instead.
This will make about 2 servings, 6 oz each serving.
Go ahead and drink it for breakfast and a mid-morning snack.
What makes this
dessert smoothie so healthy?
The coconut water is full of electrolytes, and other vitamins and minerals. Coconut water is a great way to hydrate without the extra sodium and calories in the sports drinks.
Lemon juice helps balance your body’s ph levels. It is also a great source of vitamin C.
Raspberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Shredded coconut adds fiber and the other benefits of coconut water.
Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium.
Chia seed packs quite a nutritional punch. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc.
Kale is the last superfood in this smoothie. Kale contains high amounts of calcium, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K. Check out this post about kid-friendly kale recipes to learn more about the health benefits of kale.
You may enjoy this smoothie enough to make it every night for dessert! Go enjoy some relaxing days on the porch sipping this sweet lemonade!