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

Hi I’m Lauren, practising Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and essential oils educator in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m incredibly passionate about food as medicine, and helping people connect with the healing power of Nature. I’ve been sharing my recipes and health articles here since 2012.

BNatMed, AdDip NutMed, BCS, Certified FitGenes Practitioner.

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