Apples and coconut blend beautifully in this delicious weight loss boosting green smoothie recipe.
Coconuts Support Health & Your Weight Loss Goals
Young coconuts will provide you with minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and vitamin C.
Coconut water is full of electrolytes and is considered nature’s sports drink due to its hydrating qualities.
People in the tropics have relied on coconuts for medicinal uses in supporting conditions such as diabetes, chronic fatigue, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and digestive disorders.
I prefer to use young green coconuts (sometimes sold with the green shell removed and shaped to a white point). These coconuts are filled with delicious coconut water and soft, tender coconut meat.
Either way, you’ll need a heavy duty knife or cleaver to open it.
How This Apple-Coconut Green Smoothie Supports Weight Loss
This recipe boosts weight loss in several ways:
- It is a meal-replacement, so drink this instead of breakfast or lunch to automatically lower your calorie and sugar intake for the day. With plenty of protein and a little bit of fat, this green smoothie should hold you until your next meal.
- It is full of fiber, which helps you feel full and supports healthy gut bacteria.
- Green smoothies, like this one, boosts energy levels so that you can be more active and rev up your metabolism.
- The overwhelming body of scientific evidence suggests that those who consume more fruits and vegetables every day tend to have lower body weights. So get your daily 5+ servings of fruits and veggies the easy and delicious way!
While just about every single green smoothie recipe on our website can help you lose weight, this blend is one of my (and my reader’s) favorites.
Coconut Apple Green Smoothie Recipe
- 8 ounces coconut water (or use unsweetened coconut milk* or almond milk)
- 1 large Fuji apple, cored
- 1 pear, cored
- 1 tablespoon shredded or shaved coconut (unsweetened)
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (I use NutriBiotic vegan rice protein)
- 2 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach
* Use boxed coconut milk beverage, not canned coconut milk. If using fresh, young coconuts, use the water and meat from one.
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Suggested Recipe Alterations:
- Use 2 apples or 2 pears instead of one of each.
- Use the meat and water from a young, Thai coconut instead of the coconut water or coconut milk.
- Use 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds (soaked in water for five minutes) in place of shredded coconut.
- Try kale or dandelion greens to dramatically boost mineral content (more calcium and iron, especially).
- Chocolify this blend with 1/2 tablespoon of cacao powder (add more to taste).
- Add 1/4 cup goji berries, use almond milk, and toss in a banana or 1/4 avocado to boost calories if your metabolism requires more calories for a meal.
Nutrition Information (with recipe as written above)
Calories: 348 | Fat: 4 grams | Protein: 15 grams | Carbohydrates: 68 grams | Calcium: 10% daily value (DV) | Iron: 4.3mg | Vitamin A: 247% DV | Vitamin C: 182% DV
Serving Size: One.
Alternate Apple-Coconut Smoothie Recipe with Ginger & Chia Seeds
This apple-coconut smoothie recipe with ginger and chia seeds has a wonderful, fall spiciness to it. It’s delicious and reminded me a bit of a breakfast cereal I haven’t had since I was a kid – Apple Jacks. It’s great for weight loss as it has 50% of your recommended daily allowance of fiber and only 274 calories.
This smoothie is an especially good source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). I blend my carrots rather than juice them because I want the healthy fiber. The fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar to help maintain even blood sugar during digestion. Dietary fiber also promotes colon health and may help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Because of the fiber in the apples and carrots, this smoothie has a slight “apple sauce” texture. If you juice your carrots, the consistency will be thinner, but also sweeter, and much lower in fiber.
- 8 ounces unsweetened coconut milk *
- 1 large red delicious apple, cored
- 2 medium carrots
- 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked for 15 minutes
* If you prefer, you can use a green or young Thai coconut instead of coconut milk. Simply add the meat and 8 ounces of coconut water along with the other ingredients.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 274 | Fat: 8g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 48g | Fiber: 12.4g (50% RDA) | Calcium: 41% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) | Iron: 0.6mg | Vitamin A: 900% RDA | Vitamin C: 23% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamin K, copper, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One.
(NOTE: Nutritional information is going to vary based on the type of coconut milk you use. The nutritional value is based on 1 cup of unsweetened, coconut milk (the kind sold as a beverage, not the canned stuff for cooking) – at 60 calories.)