Friday, July 6, 2012

Piña Colada Smoothie

This delicious smoothie happened by accident today.  I was planning to create a magical peach mint smoothie with some organic white peaches that I just froze. Somehow a peach pit got in with the frozen peach pieces though.  The downside of having a Vitamix is that it will grind up the pit into tiny terrible bits in your smoothie.  My whole batch was ruined! It was drinkable but since the pits can be poisonous (especially ground up) I wasn't willing to let the kids have it.
I must say that I'm pretty happy it happened though.  Otherwise I wouldn't have made this glass of tropical delight (seriously).

This smoothie is full of good fats and fiber and high in vitamins A, C and B6. It’s got plenty of minerals too, including high amounts of manganese, potassium and magnesium. This combination makes it a great meal on it's own or an afternoon snack for the kiddos.  This would also make an awesome cocktail if you were so inclined (I was pretty tempted).  Just remember that it is a smoothie full of fruit so it is high in natural sugars.  I limit our consumption of  these and don’t offer other fruit for a couple hours.

Piña Colada Smoothie

1/2 frozen peach
1 1/2 cups frozen mango
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp chia seed
1 1/4 cup water, divided
1 tbsp coconut oil

In a small bowl combine chia and 1/4 cup water and allow to soak for 5-30 minutes.

Combine all ingredients except water.  Add water to cover 3/4 of fruit. Reserve remaining water as needed during blending. 
Blend until smooth, pour and enjoy!

Now if only I was laying on a beach somewhere....

These kids didn't need a beach to enjoy their smoothies.

Even Dakota, who is not a huge smoothie fan was all smiles.

Happy kids = happy mama!

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