Lychees are amazing little round or heart-shaped fruits. They are native to southern China where they are felt to be a symbol of love and romance. Here they combine with coconut and cherries to make a healthy tropical treat.
Inside the leathery red skin, the fruit is translucent, white and juicy. Lychees have a delightful floral fragrance and sweet taste, with notes of cherry and grape. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants, and are particularly rich in rutin, a bioflavonoid polyphenol recognized for strengthening blood vessels.
For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:
1 cup unsweetened coconut water
1 cup peeled and pitted lychee fruit
1 cup frozen cherries
1/2 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
optional Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or raw honey (nonvegan), adjusted to taste
To make this into a 'Real Meal Deal' with some additional fibre, healthy fats, antioxidant and protein power, add: