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Smoothie Recipe to Chase the Chill Away

Updated: May 14, 2019

If you're living in certain regions of the US, you are probably feeling DONE with winter. I feel like I'm speaking to a mischievous toddler when I say through gritted teeth, "Bring on Spring. I. mean. right. NOW. young lady." In an effort to take matters into my own hands, at least taste-wise, I whipped up this Piña Colada smoothie for a quick breakfast on the go. It looks like spring and tastes like a tropical holiday! If you have one of those cocktail umbrellas, it would be very useful here.

This is super easy and the perfect solution when you have an early morning meeting, have to chauffeur the daughter to school who's slept through her alarm, or just want to pretend you're on a tropical island. But why is it green? Well, it's a good way to sneak in some dark leafy greens. I also added half of a small avocado, which gives it a thicker consistency. I chucked the first one I made, because I overestimated how much coconut to add, and it was too gritty. Personally, I like a ratio of about 3:1 on the pineapple to coconut. If your blender has less horsepower, you may want to blend in stages to avoid overheating the motor. I used one of those single serving type smoothie makers to make this. I am going to publicly admit that I poo-poo'd this item when my husband (a.k.a, Gadget Man, cluttering kitchens with a single Amazon order!) first brought this gadget home. We have a small kitchen with limited counter space, and I am loathe to give any up, especially if I think it's going to be a uni-tasking dust collector. But this gadget is a keeper. I have found it very convenient for making smoothies, but also for making sauces and salad dressings. I guess now I have to also admit that you were right, sweetheart!

This smoothie serves 1 and can be made in about 5 minutes.

Pina Colada Smoothie

  • 1 cup (250 ml) of coconut water

  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder

  • 1 big handful of baby kale, or any dark leafy greens

  • 3/4 cup (80 g) of frozen pineapple tidbits

  • about 5 1-inch pieces of frozen coconut chunks

  • 1/2 of a ripe small avocado

  • 5 cubes of ice

  • 1 piece of pineapple for garnish, optional

Blend, pour, enjoy!

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