Fat is one of the body’s most basic building blocks. However I tend to be weary of fat in my diet and brought this up in one of my fitness sessions with my dear Suzi Grech. Besides thoroughly enjoying her sessions we seem to chat non stop about food and the importance of food and a balanced diet. We both are passionate about food and nutrition and can chat about food until the cows come home. Suzi, stressed on the importance of fat in our diet and told me how our body needs the right kind of fat. Suzi explained to me how good fat is essential to manage our moods, stimulate our brain, fight fatigue and even control our weight. Suzi also explained how the right fat increases metabolism, reduces hunger and your risk of heart disease.
I was intrigued to say the least and as we carried on discussing this, amidst sets of weights and lunges, I suddenly became quite excited on featuring a milkshake that Suzi mentioned she made that day. Suzi also went on to emphasise that the ingredients below form part of the medium chain fatty acids which are easily digested, absorbed and utilised by the body. This milkshake is high in protein and healthy fats. Makes a great start to the day or as a mid morning snack and best part of it is, it is a very satiating drink.
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk or raw coconut milk kefir
- 1 scoop strawberry protein powder or hemp protein
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maca powder (optional)
- Water and ice as needed
- Step 1 Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Some added information about ingredients
Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds and a great source of vitamin C and manganese and contain good amounts of folate (B9) and potassium……and full of the joys of spring!!!
Coconut milk and and coconut oil provide healthy fats and contain brain and immune boosting properties.
Chia seeds contribute added fibre and omega-3 fatty acids which also support brain function and fight inflammation throughout the body.
Maca powder (Ancient Peruvian superfood) packs a good nutritional punch full of vitamins and minerals. It is believed that Maca can boost libido and increase endurance.