Take-A-Vacation Tropical Smoothie

This is what it looks like outside my house right now (and this photo is completely unedited)…

It’s BEAUTIFUL and whimsical and fresh…and COLD.  So anything tropical sounds great, because I am craving ANYthing that makes me feel like I’m in the Bahamas lying in the sun, wearing my favorite pair of sunglasses.  Today, this tried and true smoothie allowed me at least a mental vacation.  Isn’t that the prettiest shade of yellow you’ve ever scene?

 Like all my smoothies, this recipe includes ingredients you can keep in your food storage pantry and freezer.  It’s also dairy-free and free of refined sugar.  I used canned pineapple “slushified.”  This means I slightly froze it so it was icy but not super frozen.

This is what happens when you put a can of pineapple into 2 double-lined ziplock bags, freeze them, and then thaw them slightly.  Or when you split the can between to plastic containers and put them in the fridge for about 20 minutes before using them in the recipe.  Bagged, frozen pineapple and some juice works too though.  Here are the details…

Take-A-Vacation Tropical Smoothie

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Sliced Banana, Frozen or Fresh
1/2 cup Frozen Mango
1/2 can Pineapple Tidbits in 100% Juice OR 1/2 cup Frozen Pineapple with 1/3 cup Pineapple Juice
1 cup of ice
1-2 tablespoons Unsweetened Coconut
1-2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup water as needed to create desired thickness

DIRECTIONS
Mix ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

This is the Almond Milk I use and love- it stays on the shelf (not the fridge) ready for me when I need it.  Once I open it I put an “AM” on my calendar to know that’s the day I started using it, so I can make sure I don’t let it sit in my fridge too long.  I pretty much just use it for smoothies and oatmeal, so I don’t go through it too fast.

To me, the coconut is what makes this shake so tropical and great!  If coconut’s not your thing though (it wasn’t always mine) then just exclude that ingredient.  It’s still delicious with just the vanilla, mango and pineapple.

As always, I recommend serving yourself your sweet treat in a meaningful mug.  Food is emotional.  It just is.  We eat for birthdays and holidays.  Who doesn’t feel special when they enjoy that slice of birthday cake?  Or Thanksgiving dinner?  Or Christmas cookie?  It’s important to give healthy foods that same connection to good, happy feelings.  This way you’re not just feeding your stomach, but also your soul.  You are remembering your worth.

One way I do this is with special mugs.  This mug was given to me by my kids on my birthday last year.  Pretty sure they chose it at Walmart and it’s not one I would of chosen for myself as far as style is concerned, but I don’t mind a bit.  It’s bright and colorful, like them.  It reminds me I’m loved.  Intentionally choose a meaningful cup for your smoothie.  I truly think it will help you enjoy your breakfast and day more!  Here’s a photo with the whole sha-bang!