Blue Lucuma Smoothie

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Ok so I am totally addicted to blueberries. All I want to do is eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, lashed with maple syrup and cinnamon – and have double servings of all of the above. Mmmm. This smoothie is another ode to my favourite fruit. But this one is special; it’s made with Lucuma.

Lucuma – The Gold of the Incas is a Peruvian fruit. They call it the egg fruit because when you break it open it looks the centre of a hard boiled egg. The fruit pulp is then dehydrated and powders well so that’s how it’s sold. It’s carbohydrate rich, high in vitamins and minerals and has a heavenly soft maple syrup like taste. It’s amazing added to ice creams, milkshakes/smoothies, puddings, cookies and cakes so is most often used as a flavouring, to help you satisfy that sweet tooth.

Lucuma, Gold of the Incans, Fun facts:

  • An excellent source of carbohydrate and calories (so awesome for a pre work out)
  • Good source of fibre
  • Great source of iron
  • Great source of vitamins – especially carotene, B1, B2, and niacin
  • It has a low-glycemic index
  • You can make it into a super quick, nutritious ice cream by simply blending a frozen banana with 1 tablespoon of the powder…mmm

This smoothie is off-the-charts-good, and is packed with superfood hits too. The lucuma adds a gorgeous flavour, without adding any sugar, but then we’ve also got the hemp seeds, which are a complete protein source and have your essential fatty acids, and a dash of maca to regulate those hormones. I’ve been going through a blueberry-hemp-maca combo phase at the moment, its simple and divine and makes me feel supercharged!

You’ll also see a little Reishi mushroom extract in there – medicinal mushrooms such as reishi are well known general tonics, helping support a person during times of stress, and providing extra immune support. Taste wise, it is earthy and rich, and gives a nice dimension to my smoothies when I add it.

Wait! Don’t forget the salt! A little salt helps bring out the sweetness, so don’t go skipping it. Finally, I made mine with the water form a freshly cracked young coconut. You could easily use pre-packaged coconut water or filtered water will also be just fine.

This is a great smoothie to have before an energising work out.

Blue Lucuma Smoothie

RAW • VEGAN • PLANT PROTEIN • NUTRIENT DENSE 
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of lucuma
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon of maca
  • 1 teaspoon of almond butter
  • 1 Medjool date
  • ½ teaspoon of reishi mushroom extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan rock salt
  • Water from one whole coconut (or a big glass of packaged coconut water)

Blend. Give a little blessing. Be nourished.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Glucina is a plant-based whole foods Nutritionist, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. She is a passionate advocate for food as medicine. Lauren has also formally trained as a Raw Foods Chef and has a soft spot for raw treats. 

Lauren is available for Natural & Nutritional Medicine consultations here.