The Yom Kippur fast begins on Friday evening. After a long fast without food or liquids, it’s important to ease yourself back into eating. I know most of us are tempted to “dig in” and stuff ourselves silly, but eating too much too quickly can really upset your tummy. Your digestive system cleanses itself during the fast, so you don’t want to immediately fill yourself with lots of heavy foods. It’s best to slowly “wake up” your digestion with natural and healthy whole foods, like fruits. No strong flavors or spices; mild and gentle is key.
This smoothie is a natural way to re-hydrate and re-energize after the fast. It is made with a base of coconut water, a natural source of electrolytes. Bananas are easy on the stomach and nourishing; they also contain potassium, a natural electrolyte, and pectin, which helps restore normal digestive function. Coconut milk is also a rich source of manganese, which helps to level blood sugar. Strawberries also contain manganese, as well as Vitamin C to help boost immunity.
This smoothie is dairy free, but it tastes rich and creamy thanks to the addition of coconut milk. Roland Coconut Milk is kosher certified and available at most kosher markets. So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk Creamer has less calories than traditional coconut milk, and it will add a nice creaminess, too—but it does have some sugar. It’s also kosher certified. Coconut water can be found at most grocery stores; Vita Coco brand is kosher certified. There may be others, too.
If you don’t like strawberries, feel free to substitute blueberries or a berry mixture. Mangoes would also work well.
This smoothie is vegan, gluten free, and pareve. G’mar Chatima Tova!
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Rejuvenating Coconut Water Smoothie
- 1/2 lb strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 large ripe bananas, peeled
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (regular or light), or coconut milk creamer
- Honey, agave nectar, sugar, or your favorite sweetener, to taste
- If using fresh strawberries, stem them and rinse them clean. Combine strawberries, bananas, coconut water and coconut milk in a blender. For a colder smoothie, you can freeze fresh strawberries prior to blending, or add a few ice cubes to the blender.
- Pulse, then blend until smooth. Taste. Add sweetener to taste, if desired. Blend again. Serve.