Green coconut smoothie

You want a smoothie that doesn't taste like soil?

Then you came to the right place!

If you think you are able to saw a coconut open with a bread knife, then please proceed. 

(No worries, instructions provided)

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 250 g of leafy greens*

  • 1 young (Thai) coconut 

  • 2 large ripe bananas**

  • 3 tbs of chia seeds

A young coconut is sweeter and has soft meat

Older coconuts are less sweet and the flesh inside is a lot harder.

Notes:

* Greens 

What kind of greens should I use?

Greens lower in oxalates are preferred. 

Oxalates are antinutrients, that are present in high quantities in greens like, Swiss chard, beet greens and spinach. Minimize these.

Yes, minimize spinach for smoothies. It's very easy to consume large amounts of oxalates with spinach. Oxalates can lead to a variety of health issues in some people. We will go into more detail in a future article.

Kale, bok choy, cabbage, endive, lettuce, purslane, collard greens, etc. are all good to use.

If using lettuce, boil for 10 seconds only, otherwise it will discolor. Kale may need a few minutes longer, unless it's cut into small pieces

Why boil the greens, should I not add them raw?

If you boil greens, some vitamins will leach into the cooking water. You could steam them or boil them with less water. The big advantage of cooking the greens first is two-fold:​

  1. You can add larger quantities (a host of nutrients don't leach out into the cooking water)

  2. The taste of the smoothie will be MUCH MILDER. in other words: you have the goodness of greens without their sometimes overpowering flavor.

** Bananas

Don't use half ripe or unripe bananas. Your smoothie will suffer in terms of flavor. 

Instructions:

  1. Get out your greens. (Look at the "Notes" section to see what greens are most suitable)

  2. Wash them well and cut them up.

  3. Put them in the blender like this or boil or steam the veggies for 1 or 2 minutes, until vegetables are soft. (Why boil or steam? Good question, check “Notes” section)

  4. Mentally prepare for coconut surgery.

  5. There are several ways of opening a coconut, but for this recipe we’ll stick to a very unorthodox, yet underrated way of splitting coconut skull. We’re going to use a bread knife.

  6. If you were thinking of a blunt knife that’s only useful for spreading peanut butter on your bread, you could most certainly try but prepare for a long surgery. 

  7. Put the coconut on a cutting board.

  8. Make a small incision at about 1 to 2 inches or about 3 - 5 cm below the tip with large and sharp bread knife.

  9. Hold the coconut in place with one hand.

  10. Start ‘sawing’ with the other hand.

  11. Whatever you do, don’t answer that incoming Facebook message now.

  12. If you start doubting halfway if this is going to ruin your knife: Our bread knife has sawed open dozens upon dozens of coconuts. It’s still razor sharp.

  13. If you feel comfortable enough you can apply a little more force during sawing, but pay attention when the coconut starts leaking.

  14. If it leaks, stop sawing and open the coconut by hand a little and pour the water into the blender (just make sure you put aside the knife first).

  15. After emptying the water, saw off the remainder of the coconut skull.

  16. It may happen you didn't make your incision low enough. If that happens you are allowed to respond to your Facebook message before making another attempt.  

  17. Once coconut is open, scrape out the meat with a spoon and add it to the blender together with the bananas and chia seeds.

  18. Your veggies should be done by now. Drain excess water and/or cool them off under running water.

  19. Add to blender and blend everything until desired smoothness has arrived.

  20. Since there are 2 servings, pour your portion into the coconut and pour the other one in a random glass and give it to your friend or partner.

  21. Say you're welcome, because you are friendly and polite.

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