I know, there’s muchos sweet stuff going on in here, which is a little opposed to my 2/3 greenery rule when making a juice, but hey, every once in a while ain’t so bad, and just look how lovely it looks too 🙂

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/2 cup fresh mango

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tsp guarana

3 tsp lucuma

1 tsp Udo’s Oil (or another Omega-rich oil)

2 tsp hemp protein

1 cup pineapple juice

1 small banana

chia seeds to garnish

Talk to me about lucuma Smooth Mama…

Lucuma is a yellow-fleshed South American fruit and is said to pack a powerful punch when it comes to antioxidants, fibre, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Lucuma tends to come in a powdered form and is available from most good health food stores. It’s sweet flavour can best be described as a cross between a sweet potato and caramel and, it’s also said to be the most popular flavour ice-cream in Peru, where it is commonly known as the “Gold of the Incas” as they were apparently huge lucuma fans. According to Tipper Lewis, Head Herbalist at Neal’s Yard, it was held as a symbol of fertility and creation.

As well as being crammed full of antioxidants, vitamin B, minerals, fibre and carbohydrates; lucuma is very low on the GI, making it a healthier alternative to regular sugar (although no sugar at all would probs be the better option 😉 ) And, as if that wasn’t enough, it’s also gluten free! A study by Rutgers University also found that lucuma extract had an anti-inflammatory effect on wound healing and skin ageing and, it’s other health benefits are thought to include immune-boosting, natural antibiotic and antimicrobial properties.

Lucuma powder is derived from pitted and low-temperature dehydrated whole fruits, making it suitable for raw diets and vegans, but it’s also important to be mindful that studies on the effect of long-term consumption have not yet concluded, so don’t go bonkers with it!