Smoothies are a blend of raw fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless and they usually include additives like water, ice cubes, milk, honey, nuts, seeds, supplements, and powders.
Smoothies can be used as individual meals in a weight loss regimen or can be consumed after an intense workout program.
Depending on the ingredients used, a smoothie can be used to target several goals in a diet plan.
Smoothies are very much a part of my healthy diet regimen. I sometimes have it for breakfast but I prefer to consume my smoothies after a work out session.
My smoothie recipe is a standard one, which I discussed in Get Flaxseed Oil in Your Diet for Stronger and Healthier Hair Growth.
However, I became bored with the recipe and wanted to switch it up so I tested a few oils. Some tasted awful but two really stood out – coconut oil and hemp seed oil.
In this article, I share two recipes for adding coconut oil and hemp seed oil to smoothies as well as why both oils work well in smoothies.
Adding Natural Oils to Healthy Smoothies
Adding Coconut Oil to Smoothies
Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the best natural oils. It aids digestion and helps boost metabolism.
I use it in cooking and was slightly afraid the taste would overwhelm the smoothie but the opposite happened.
One tablespoon of organic coconut oil gave the mix a smoother consistency and a subtle taste. In order not to end up with a congealed mess, melt the coconut oil first.
When it’s at room temperature, slowly pour it into the mix as the blender is working for the best consistency. Excellent edible coconut oil brands include:-
- Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
- Trader Joes Organic Coconut Oil
- Viva Naturals Organic Coconut Oil
- Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Adding Hemp Seed Oil to Smoothies
Piping Rock Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is an organic superfood. It is rich in omega fatty acids and plant protein. It has the ideal balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Additionally, the consumption of hemp seed oil has been known to reduce hair shedding.
One tablespoon of the hemp seed oil is all you need. Excellent edible hemp seed oil brands include:-
- Piping Rock Hemp Seed Oil
- Nutiva Organic Hemp Seed Oil
- Sweet Essentials Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil
- Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seed Oil
You can also use hemp seeds if you prefer. 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 11 grams of protein and make an ideal replacement for the fancy, expensive protein powders on the market.
Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds
Although you can use hemp seeds if you prefer; it’s worth noting hemp seed oil has a higher concentration of the nutrients. Read Should I Add Hemp Seeds to My Diet?.
An additional benefit of adding these oils to your smoothies is they can help with skin conditions like acne and eczema.
Coconut oil and hemp seed oil works with any blend of fruit and vegetables you might have in mind.
They incorporate well into the mix without overwhelming the taste of the smoothie. Ensure you purchase 100% organic cold-pressed coconut oil or hemp seed oil.
Have you tried other kinds of oils in your smoothies? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
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Friday 10th of June 2016
What's your recommendation for including things like MSM powder, etc in the smoothies?
Natural Oils for Hair & Health
Thursday 16th of June 2016
You can include MSM but it depends on what else you have in there. Less is always more