I love winter, but to be honest, I am ready for the warm weather. It has been an especially cold one around here and the sun has been hiding most days. Some mornings it seems particularly hard to get out of a cozy bed and get the day started. This smoothie has helped. It reminds me of those fun coconut drinks you get on vacations… but without the rum! Instead it is packed with nutritional goodness that will help me get through the next 6 weeks of winter. Added bonus: my kids love it too!
Avocado and coconut oil contain healthy fats, and the banana makes it creamy and adds sweetness, plus it is a great source of potasium. Chia seeds contain omegas and protein. They also expand when they come in contact with water, which helps to keep you fuller longer. Optionally, you can also add your favorite protein powder for an extra boost of protein!
This is not a thick smoothie, so it’s easy to drink. I don’t know about you, but I am not a huge fan of a smoothie that is too thick.
Tropical Green Smoothie
• 1 Tsp coconut oil
• 1/2 of an avocado
• 1 tsp chia seeds
• 1/2 of a frozen banana
• 1 big handful fresh spinach (or 1/2 cup of frozen spinach)
• 1 cup frozen pineapple
• Juice of 1 lime
• Zest of 1 lime
• 2 cups coconut water (use less if you want a thicker consistency)
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend well. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.
Photo from here, with thanks.