Tropical Smoothie

You would think that with the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available right now I would have no problem sticking to a healthy diet, but no, it's BBQ season which means a steady diet of steaks, brats, hamburgers and calorie laden side dishes. Every time the weekend rolls around I can feel my arteries clogging, so during the week I've been opting for a healthier breakfast and a lighter lunch. These tropical smoothies are quick and easy to prepare which makes them perfect for anyone who isn't a morning person. They do take a little bit of advance prep work the night before since you'll need to slice the bananas and pineapple ahead of time, then freeze them overnight, but it's well worth the extra effort to have everything ready in to go in the morning (especially if you don't function well before you've had a gallon of coffee, not that I would know a thing about that!)

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Tropical Smoothie
makes 2 - 3 servings

Ingredients

8 ounces pineapple, sliced and frozen
1 banana, sliced and frozen
2 ounces orange juice
6 ounces coconut milk (I used So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk)

optional

unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • Slice banana and pineapple into 1 inch pieces, then freeze overnight. In a blender combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Top with shredded coconut (optional) and serve immediately. 

Caramel Banana Matcha Smoothie

It's pretty well established that I'm not a morning person. It's so bad that if I have somewhere to be early in the morning I'd rather stay up all night and show up somewhat tired than grouchy and grumpy (my typcially early morning state.) I'm not sure why it is, but even after a full night sleep I find myself dragging when I first get out of bed. Some days it's hard to resist crawling back in, pulling the sheets over my head, and pretending the day hasn't started. Does any one else feel this way? Most of the time I feel like I'm the only one; I have the misfortune of having a husband and son who are not just early risers, but also very chipper in the morning. That is so not me!

To combat this I've started drinking matcha when I first wake up. The burst of energy it gives me is exactly what I need to get going without the caffeine crash coffee typically gives you later in the day. You may have caught some of my matcha reviews during Tuesday Tea, but if not, I order my matcha from Red Leaf Tea in Illinois. They offer a huge variety of flavored matcha and I've enjoyed experimenting with it. I've fallen in love with the caramel flavor and now that the weather has warmed up I've been combining it with my morning smoothie which has produced some pretty tasty results. Today's recipe for Caramel Banana Matcha Smoothies has been my favorite so far, so I hope you enjoy it.

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Caramel Banana Matcha Smoothie
makes 2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup 2% milk
1 medium sized banana, sliced and frozen
1 teaspoon caramel matcha from Red Leaf Tea

optional

Whipped cream
Chopped walnuts 

Directions

  • Slice banana, place in a ziplock bag or covered container and freeze overnight.
  • Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
  • For a decadent treat top with whipped cream and chopped walnuts before serving.