14/08/2014 12:44 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

How To Make A Strawberry And Macadamia Smoothie

Smoothies are an easy and quick way of combining vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables with seeds, nuts and grains. This strawberry and macadamia recipe - from health experts at Neal's Yard Remedies - is perfect for summer too.

Find out how to make it and why it's good for you with this extract from Cook, Brew and Blend Your Own Herbs below.

Two glasses of strawberry and macadamia smoothies, ingredients in the background

This is a healthy twist on strawberries and cream using a more exotic version of cream made from coconut pulp and macadamia nuts.

Macadamia nut oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are reputed to lower cholesterol, while coconut pulp helps to clear effects of summer heat in the body, quenches thirst and is a male reproductive tonic.

You will need:
Half a vanilla pod
50g raw macadamia nuts
The pulp of a young medium-sized coconut
250g fresh strawberries
A little of the coconut juice (optional)

1. Slit the vanilla pod open with a sharp knife and scrape out the seeds.
2. Place the nuts and the coconut pulp in a blender of food processor.
3. Add the strawberries and vanilla seeds. Pulse all the ingredients to give a smooth, silky texture. If the smoothie seems very thick, add enough coconut juice to give it a better texture. Pour into four glasses and serve.

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