I’m happy that many of you appreciated the post about Phytic Acid and the Raw Vegan Diet. It is an important subject to be aware of for anyone who is interested in optimizing nutrition on a raw food diet.
Today I have a delicious smoothie recipe for you featuring the superfood, lucuma.
Lucuma is a South American fruit that makes a fantastic addition to smoothies. It is available as a powder that is produced from whole lucuma fruit – like this one made by Navitas Naturals – that has been dried at low temperatures.
It is low-glycemic, rich in antioxidants and has been scientifically documented to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effect. In Ancient Peru lucuma was regarded as a symbol of fertility and creativity.
Lucuma has an aromatic, sweet fragrance and full-bodied taste reminiscent of maple or caramel. In Peru it is used as an addition to ice-cream. It works really well as an ingredient in raw banana ice cream especially with dates or maple syrup.
This combination with mango, dates, almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon makes for a luscious breakfast or healthy snack.
- 1½ cups fresh or frozen mango, cubed (about 1 medium mango)
- ¾ cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 medjool date
- 1 tablespoon lucuma powder
- Dash of cinnamon
- Optional: a few ice cubes (if using fresh mango)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
Have you tried lucuma?
How do you enjoy it?