In the hectic days of the work week, there’s hardly ever any time to slow down and spend the time or effort that it takes to create the type of homemade, fun, healthy meals that we’d like to serve our families. We all do the best we can getting done the things we have to do during our week, and sometimes we don’t always have the time to make that special something. Here’s a twist on our regular smoothie – a perennial favorite for many, including our family – that we sometimes make during the week for a quick morning meal. Save this for the weekend, when you have a little more time to spend making this refreshing twist on the standby versions, or when you want to break up the usual pallet of your family. Nothing feels better than spending the extra time on preparing something nurturing for your family; and hey, when else do you get to use a drill to prepare breakfast? Note: As a few of our family members are allergic to dairy – this recipe uses coconut milk and coconut yogurt but can easily be replaced with regular dairy products of course. Because we don’t drink milk, we like to add an orange juice with calcium like Minute Maid ® Pure Squeezed No Pulp with Calcium and Vitamin D.
Zingy Coconut + Lime Smoothie (adapted from Stefano Faita’s Coconut Mango Smoothie)
1 cup of mangoes (frozen) or if not frozen add 1 cup of crushed ice 1 cup of coconut milk or water (if you don’t have a real coconut, use coconut milk – the refrigerated kind – not canned)
1/2 cup of orange juice (Minute Maid ® Pure Squeezed Low Pulp with Calcium and Vitamin D)
3/4 cup coconut yogurt (or regular Greek yogurt)
1/2 cup fresh pineapple Juice of 1 and a half limes (about 6 tsp)
1/2 cup of kale (optional)
Yields: 4 servings
Directions: If you’re using a real coconut, we suggest drilling a hole (or two holes) – makes for easy pouring. If you’re using the kale – you’ll need to chop it up longer to make it drinkable – or add it already chopped – use a food processor for best results – then add to mixture. Combine all of the ingredients (except half of the lime juice) into a blender and mix until thoroughly blended. Our son’s experiment gave us this name for the smoothie, he squeezed extra lime into his drink (a quarter wedge each) which gives it the zing! If you don’t like zing, just miss this step (but it is delicious)!
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