Tropical goodness to get you back on track after the holidays. Juicy orange, pineapple, mango, and banana blended together with coconut milk and orange juice.
I know… it’s January. Who in their right mind would drink a smoothie when it’s freezing out? Well since I’ve been know to go to Dairy Queen in the snow to get ice cream, a smoothie is not really all that crazy.
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This Tropical Fruit Smoothie is meant to replace a meal. Healthy as it is with all of the fruit, chia seeds, and (optional) spinach, it still has plenty of calories.
I make all of my smoothies in my NutriBullet. Its powerful motor and blades are designed to handle the heavy duty ingredients that I use like frozen fruit, ice, and seeds. And the occasional carrot.
You can try it in a blender but I can’t guarantee that you won’t get a chunky instead of a smoothie.
I buy most of my fruit already frozen to keep things simple. If you prefer fresh fruit, put it on a sheet pan and pop it in the freezer. When it’s frozen, put it in a freezer bag and be sure to label it. By using frozen fruit you don’t need ice.
Start by putting all of the fruit in the tall cup of a NutriBullet. Pour in the coconut milk and orange juice. Then top with the greek yogurt and chia seeds (chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients).
You may need a splash of water to bring the liquid level up to the “Full” line.
Blend for about 30 seconds or until the fruit and seeds are smooth.
I found these great straws on line. They’re stainless steel and reusable. And they’re perfect for stirring your smoothie as you drink it. I’m not the only one, right?
Depending on your taste and how tart the fruit is, you may want to add a teaspoon or two of agave nectar. And if green smoothies are your thing, toss in a handful of baby spinach.