Creamy Tropical Smoothie

29 Apr

Happy Sunday!  I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

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If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know I’m all about the smoothies.  I’ve been mostly addicted to making citrus smoothies and banana berry smoothies lately, but a few days ago when I went to make a citrus smoothie for Keith and I, I realized we were out of grapefruit.  So I decided to tweak the recipe just slightly and what I came up with was amazing!  A-ma-zing!  Since, we’ve had a tropical smoothie the last three days, that’s how much we love it (plus, we’re still out of grapefruits)!.  Sadly, were now out of pineapple too, so I need to run to the store to get more.

Speaking of pineapple, it is one of my favorite go to summer snacks.  I love eating frozen pineapple after dinner for a dessert, or in smoothies to make me feel like I’m drinking the beach in a smoothie!  Smile

The first time I had pineapple after Cameryn was born, I noticed a rash on her stomach.  I figured it was the pineapple, although I wasn’t really sure and stayed away from it for a while.  When I decided to create a tropical smoothie, I really wanted to add pineapple and see if Cameryn would have a reaction to it.  Luckily she didn’t, so pineapple is back on the menu.

Tropical Smoothie

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Serves:  2

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into 4 pieces (easier to blend)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I like buying no fat)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 frozen banana (or more if you want to make it really creamy!)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups ice
  • Optional- 2 tbsp. flaxseeds or 2 tbsp. chia seeds

Directions

  1. In a blender, add all the ingredients in the order listed, oranges, coconut milk, protein powder, Greek yogurt, pineapple, banana and ice (and optional flaxseeds or chia seeds).  Blend until smooth. 
  2. Serve and enjoy!

*If you need to, you can add in more coconut/almond milk, if the smoothie turns out too thick.*

 

This smoothie is so delicious and filling!  Not to mention packed with fiber and other  nutrients. 

Pineapple is a good source of fiber, Thiamin, and Vitamins B6 and C. 

Oranges are a good source of Fiber, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Folate and Potassium. 

Bananas are a good source of Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese and also Vitamin B6.

 

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I hope you test out this recipe and enjoy as much and Keith and I have been!

 

Question:  Are you a fan of pineapple?  What is your favorite way to eat it?

 

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9 Responses to “Creamy Tropical Smoothie”

  1. sweetlyvegan April 29, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Perfect! I have that huge pineapple I bought a few days ago to cut up and use!! Looks like this is on my menu too! Yummmmy 🙂

    • Trainer Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life April 29, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      It is delicious! I love adding pineapple in with strawberry lemon smoothies too. It is so tart and tangy and delicious!

      Hope your keeping busy so the days are going by quickly!

  2. allieksmith April 29, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    This smoothie sounds great!! I am so ready for smoothie season and pineapple is just delicious!

  3. Katie Bearden April 29, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    This sounds delicious! Do you have any brands of protein powders you recommend?

    • Trainer Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life April 29, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      I like whey by optimum nutrition. We usually buy the gold standard vanilla ice cream flavor. Since Cameryn was having tummy issues caused by the whey, I think it was from the whey, I switched to sun warrior’s vanilla rice protein. Both are good.

  4. HeatherB April 29, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Grilled is SO good!! I also like it in smoothies, I’ll definitely try making yours. I don’t usually use coconut milk in mine but I bet it would make it super creamy.

  5. Lisa @ Healthy Diaries April 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    YUM! I totally love pineapple and know I would love this smoothie! Definitely sounds so refreshing as the weather starts to heat up!

  6. Suzanne Holt July 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I love strawberry-banana and mixed berry smoothies, and I’ve been trying to make a recipe for a tropical smoothie but never ended up liking the results. This one looks ah-mazing and I’ll try it for my breakfast tomorrow!

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