how to make camu camu juice

Camu camu is a fruit that grows in the Amazon rainforest. It has a high vitamin C content and can be used as a natural cleanser. To make the juice, you need to cut open the fruit, separate out the

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How to make camu camu juice

Starting off your day with a delicious camu camu smoothie is a great way to get your morning going! Haven’t heard of camu camu before? I wouldn’t be surprised. I didn’t even know it existed until a trip to Peru back in 2016. Camu camu berry makes a great addition to a smoothie and also adds lots of nutritional benefit in this superfood smoothie recipe.

This recipe was originally published in September 2017. It has been updated for photos and content.

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

Starting your day off with a delightful camu camu smoothie with berries and beets puts a smile on your face! The color is bright and beautiful and this superfood smoothie tastes so creamy and delicious!

This superfood smoothie is like sunshine in a glass! It brings you heaps of vitamin C thanks to the camu camu and berries!

Easy smoothie recipe to prep ahead giving you a quick on the go breakfast for busy mornings or a simple snack during the day.

What Goes Into This Recipe

All you need is fruit, veggies, almond milk and soy yogurt for a delicious superfood smoothie to fill you up and deliver lots of nutrients!

What is Camu Camu?

Camu camu berries aren’t likely to be found fresh outside of South America, but you can definitely find them in a powder form which can be used in recipes such as this superfood smoothie.

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For such a small piece of fruit camu camu has tremendous nutritional power. Camu camu is the strongest source of natural vitamin C in the world, according to one study. When compared to equal servings of oranges it contains 10 times the amount of vitamin C.

Other nutrients found in camu camu include: protein, beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, B vitamins, and phosphorus.

Ingredient Notes and Swaps

Camu camu: This fruit is available in the United States in its powdered form or possibly in juices or frozen purees. This camu camu smoothie uses the powder since it’s more widely available. Check your local health food store to see if it’s available or you can also order camu camu from online sources.

Beets: Cooked beets contribute much to the bright color of this superfood smoothie. I prepare these Easy Oven Roasted Beets during my meal prep and then stick them in the freezer to throw into smoothies. The beets will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Berries: Berries are a delightful addition to this camu camu smoothie. In cooperation with the camu camu, they counteract the earthiness of the beets with their tartness and sweetness, softening the flavor of the beets. Use a single berry or a mixture of berries in your superfood smoothie.

Banana: Adding in some frozen banana to the camu camu smoothie provides a bit of sweetness and creamy texture to the superfood smoothie. Using frozen bananas means I don’t need to add ice at the end and it adds a lovely creaminess to the camu camu smoothie.

Soy yogurt: The soy yogurt adds in some protein to your camu camu smoothie and some additional creaminess as well. You can swap out the soy yogurt with silken tofu instead which will give you a similar amount of protein. Another option is to substitute a plant-based yogurt such as coconut yogurt however, but check the nutrition label to see if it is providing protein.

Almond milk: I prefer almond milk for flavor, but you can use any plant-based or regular dairy product you enjoy. You can even use water or green tea to provide the liquid.

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Chia seeds: Adding in chia seeds provides you with a small amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids to your superfood smoothie. If you don’t have chia you can also substitute flax meal or hemp seeds which have similar benefits.

How to Make This Recipe

This one step superfood smoothie takes only a couple minutes to make! Throw all the ingredients into a blender and puree until it’s smooth and creamy.

Ingredients in a blender to make camu camu smoothie

Meal Prep Your Smoothie

Meal prepping smoothies is an easy way to make sure you have something quick and easy to grab for a busy morning. You can easily meal prep your camu camu smoothie in just a couple minutes saving you even more time during the week.

  1. Select your ingredients. If saving time is super important to you or if some of the ingredients are difficult to find fresh, then use frozen. Beets and berries are both items that you may find in the freezer section of your local grocery store and are definitely a handy option.
  2. Prep your ingredients. To prep the fresh ingredients such as cooked beets, fresh berries and bananas. Wash the berries first and let them air dry a bit on a clean tea towel. To save some time, use store bought frozen berries. Layout the berries, cut bananas and beets on a baking sheet lined with parchment and stick in the freezer. When they are frozen, transfer them to a container and store. You can see this process in action here in How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies. It works for all the fresh produce in this superfood smoothie.
  3. For quick and easy single servings, measure out your frozen beets, berries and bananas into containers or bags. Then place back into the freezer.
  4. To make smoothies simply remove the bag from the freezer, place them in the blender, add the remaining ingredients and blend.
  5. Take your smoothie on the go or drink at home!

For more tips and information, check this post How to Meal Prep Smoothies.

Expert Tips and FAQS

Make camu camu smoothie with frozen berries, beets and bananas for a smoothie with a shake-like frozen consistency.

Use super ripe bananas when making smoothies. Bananas get sweeter as they ripen so the riper they are the more sweetness they provide to the smoothie.

This superfood smoothie relies on the banana for all the sweetness and there is no added sugar. However, if you prefer it on the sweeter side, add your favorite sweetener to your tastes.

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