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.
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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