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Paradise Smoothie

Looking for the taste of an island get away? This tropical smoothie is a healthy meal replacement or snack that kicks the traditional Pina Colada to the curb. Pineapple contains a beneficial enzyme called, Bromelain, which helps break down protein, and has anti- inflammatory properties. As a Dietitian, I am always trying to get clients to consume more plant foods that help fight against inflammation. For a quick reference, look at this page from University of Maryland Medical Center

You can't have a tropical smoothie without the flavor of coconut. In this batch, I used So Delicious Organic, Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut milk, which is why I added a tablespoon of turbinado sugar. For more information on So Delicious products and nutrition information, click on the link here: So Delicious Dairy Free  The coconut milk does not have protein like regular dairy milk, so I use Greek Yogurt to get sufficient protein intake. For this smoothie, I use an entire 5.3oz container of Chobani Blended yogurt in Key Lime, which contains 12gm protein. I use a frozen banana because it helps to increase thickness and coldness. I like my smoothies pretty thick, like milkshake consistency, but you may prefer something a little thinner. I freeze over-ripe bananas for smoothies, because you get SO MUCH flavor out of a small amount. 

Ingredients (1 serving) 

  1. 1.25 cup vanilla coconut milk or milk of choice

  2. 1 cup crushed ice

  3. 1/2 frozen banana, sliced

  4. 3-4 large fresh pineapple cubes, halved

  5. 5 oz Key Lime Greek Yogurt

  6. 1 Tbsp turbinado sugar (optional)

  7. Water, OJ, or pineapple juice, as needed, to thin

Directions

Place all ingredients except water in a smoothie blender, and blend until texture is homogenous and smooth. Add liquid, a few Tbsp at a time as needed, to thin.