Smoothies are the thing out there aren’t they? I mean there are whole stores dedicated to them and even “the golden arches” have gotten on the bandwagon and started serving smoothies. But here’s the nasty little question I always have that you might not think of, “What’s in the ‘milk base’ used to make the smoothies?”
I know, I know, it can be kind of a drag to have to think about what’s going into everything you eat, but this is a biggie if you’re as into whole foods and unrefined sweeteners as I am. Those “milk bases” that are getting used to make those so called healthy smoothies are often chock full of high fructose corn syrup that jacks up the sweetness levels and the calories. And why, I have to ask, do you need to up the sweetness content of something that’s being made from fresh fruit in the first place? The best tasting smoothies I’ve ever had have come out of my blender at home. I just needed a fancy cup like you’d get at a smoothie shop and I’d be all set. So, I bought one of these. Problem solved.
The other nasty little secret about smoothies is that they are meant to be a meal in and of themselves. They have a fair amount of calories and carbs (and fat if you use the coconut milk I use in this one) all of which helps sustain you to your next meal. But, if you are consuming them as a beverage with a meal, then you’re in trouble. Making it a sustaining meal is exactly why I add the coconut milk to this particular smoothie. The fat in it is heart healthy and it helps you feel full for several hours. One of these babies in the morning on the drive to work and I am set until lunch, no question. My kids also love them and it’s fun to serve them in fancy cups with umbrellas and let the kids think they are getting a super special treat.
Tropical Breakfast Smoothie
- 6 oz orange juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
- 3 oz coconut milk
- 3 oz ice
- 4 oz frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 frozen banana (approximately 4 oz)
- Put all the ingredients in a blender, put on the top, and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a cup and enjoy!
Cooking time (duration): 5
Diet type: Vegan
Number of servings (yield): 1
Meal type: breakfast