A fruity smoothie filled with fresh pineapple, tart frozen strawberries, orange zest and lime juice–all the cool fruits, basically, all in a coconut milk base make for a tropical smoothie–perfect for Monday morning breakfasts when you need an extra pick me up to get going. All ingredients are free of the top eight allergens and this is vegan too!
My son asks for a smoothie almost daily. And, I’m always happy to oblige. They give a huge amounts of fruits and veggies in a slurp-able serving. I sometimes wonder if my neighbors hate me, because the loud sound of my blender is going constantly.
I usually put a LOT more veggies in my son’s smoothie, but sometimes you need a “dessert” smoothie–ya know? Something that is just fruit and therefore magical.
I usually put the smoothie in my son’s sippy, but when he saw the set up for my pictures, he immediately announced he wanted one in the wine glass, and who can blame him? I think next time we’ll save this for a Monday morning, when I’m cranky, tired and need a bright, tropical smoothie in a fancy glass to make me want to tackle the world. If I can’t travel to somewhere exotic, I can at least enjoy the flavors, right?
I love to also count smoothies as an after-school snack. It’s just right when he’s a bit hungry, but there’s not much more time until dinner. It gives him something filling, without overdoing it.
And, sometimes you need a snack that doesn’t require baking, or much prep. For example, I went to the Everything Food Conference last week and I am pooped! The early mornings until late evenings+lots of classes makes your brain feel like it’s taking a drink from a fire hose. My house is still a wreck, so thank goodness for easier snacks! That, and slow cookers. I totally have a slow cooker recipe I’m testing out for you guys. Cross your fingers it’s good!
Also, you can divide it up, and serve it with the white portion in the bottom of the glass, and the strawberry on top, like Blendtec did (I adapted it though). I found that it didn’t layer well, and that the the strawberry portion was heavier. Plus, this is real life, and it’s just easier to serve kids when it’s all mixed together. #RealLife #MomLife
If you’re looking for something more along the lines of a mocktail–you have to check out my girl Chandice from This Vivacious Life, she has tons of mocktails, including this Blue Lagoon Mocktail.
- 8 oz can of full fat coconut milk (light could be substituted, but I'm always trying to get more calories on my EOE kid)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 4 Tablespoons maple syrup (this can be lessened, if you like less sugar in the mornings--just taste and adjust as needed, depending on the sweetness of your strawberries, mine weren't very ripe)
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest
- 1/2 medium banana
- 1/2 of a peeled orange
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender in the order they're written. So, starting with the coconut milk down to the frozen strawberries, so that the liquid is in the bottom, and the frozen strawberries are on top.
- Blend until smooth.
- Garnish with additional pineapple or orange slices on the glass. Store leftover smoothie in the fridge for a day.