+10 Tropical Smoothie of Deliciousness

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Some days you just need something healthy, cold, and delicious to get you through the dull part of your day. For me, this was today and I needed something. Desperately. Sure, I could have walked into my kitchen, opened the door and nuked the leftover Raisin’ Canes chicken strips that were sitting there – begging to be consumed – but not today.

One of the goals I have made for my household is to eat healthier and better than we did last year. This means cutting out more of the junk food and opting for healthy things rather than Paula Dean-sized portions of fatty comfort foods. There’s a time and place for those and I’m not going to nix them completely – but for today I’m taking a baby step and choosing a different path.

Cue the smoothie!

Smoothies are all the rage nowadays and that’s pretty cool. They are delicious and many don’t taste near as bad as they might look (Let’s face it, some of them just look downright gross. All green and far too close of a resemblance to some shades of baby poop. This one doesn’t, so that’s awesome! )  As far as ‘difficulty’ goes, smoothies are a breeze to whip up. You can complicate them as much as you’d like but in the end – everything gets pulverized in a blender and that’s blissfully cathartic on stressful days.

Related side note: A few months ago I purchased a multipack of the Outshine frozen fruit bars.  The flavors were mango, pineapple, and coconut w/ cream. (Apparently, they replaced the mango flavor with orange – not that I’m complaining I like their orange bars as well.) I really liked the mango and pineapples ones but the coconut popsicles were weird and a bit gross by itself… which is weird because I like coconut and coconutty things. I guess it’s because it was combined with cream instead of juice or coconut water – which made the texture and taste a bit odd. Now you may be asking yourself “why the frell is she telling me this?” Alas, there is a method to my madness. I hate wasting food – especially ‘specialty’ food that isn’t cheap. The remaining 3 popsicles were sitting in my freezer. Taunting me to just try and put them in something. Let’s just say there are now 2 popsicles in the freezer now. Muwah ha ha ha ha.

This smoothie is pretty easy and has only 4 ingredients: frozen mixed fruit pieces (mango, strawberries, peaches, and pineapples), Simply Orange Juice w/ Pineapple, low-fat vanilla yogurt (or you could use greek yogurt – it’s just what I had in the fridge), and one of those Outshine Coconut bars (totally optional, but use them if you’ve got them).

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of low-fat, vanilla yogurt or greek yogurt

  • 1 cup of frozen mixed fruit (my bag had strawberries, mangos, pineapples, and peaches)

  • 1 Outshine Coconut popsicle, de-sticked.

  • ¾ cup of Simple Orange Juice with Pineapple.

 

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine your frozen fruit, yogurt, and de-sticked popsicle.TropicalSmoothie_NerdsAndNomsense-2

  2. Blend until most of the fruit is pulverized.

  3. Add in your orange juice and blend till combined. If your smoothie is thicker than you prefer, just add more O.J.TropicalSmoothie_NerdsAndNomsense-3

  4. Pour your delicious beverage into the glass of your choice and consume.

TropicalSmoothie_NerdsAndNomsense-4See! That was simple, wasn’t it?! Now next time you’re craving a cold beverage – instead of heading for a milkshake or frappe, try a delicious fruit smoothie. 

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I like looking at all the little fruit bits… it’s pretty.

+10 Tropical Smoothie of Deliciousness
 
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Makes 1 16-18oz fruit smoothie.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of low-fat, vanilla yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed fruit (my bag had strawberries, mangos, pineapples, and peaches)
  • 1 Outshine Coconut popsicle, de-sticked.
  • ¾ cup of Simple Orange Juice with Pineapple.
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine your frozen fruit, yogurt, and de-sticked popsicle.
  2. Blend until most of the fruit is pulverized.
  3. Add in your orange juice and blend till combined. If your smoothie is thicker than you prefer, just add more O.J.
  4. Pour your delicious beverage into the glass of your choice and consume.
 

What kind of smoothies do you like to make? Share them with us in the comments below! 

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