Tropical Fruit Smoothie

tropical fruit

With summer upon us, I thought I’d liven up the joint with some seasonal tropical fruit ideas.

Ingredients:

1 c. pineapple
1 med banana
1/2 c. mango
1/4 c. papaya
3/4 c. nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 water
1/3 c. frozen orange juice (I use 5 alive myself)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if using as meal replacement or post workout drink)

Directions:

blend together frozen juice, water, and fruit
add protein powder and yogurt
blend until smooth and creamy

Sweet Pineapple Smoothie

pineapple smoothie

It’s April and with tropical fruits like pineapple coming into season I can’t be happier. I adore pineapple. I love hitting the produce aisle and picking up fresh pineapple and just eating it plain with nothing added. Soo good if it’s ripe enough. 1 serving of pineapple (around 150 grams or so) is more than a whole day worth of vitamin C requirements. Just beware that there is a high natural sugar content so you don’t want to overdo it too much!

Ingredients:

1 c. fresh orange juice (you can use 1 can frozen juice instead if you double the rest of the recipe)
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained (fresh pineapple will work too. Use about a cup of pineapple, 1/4 c. water, and 2 tsp. sugar)
2 med. bananas (sliced)
1 (8 oz.) carton plain or vanilla yogurt
1 c. crushed ice

Directions:

Combine everything except yogurt in the blender and whirl until smooth.
Add yogurt and whirl until blended.
Serve.

Frothy Pineapple Smoothie

pineapple smoothie

Pineapple is an awesome source of Vitamin C and Manganese, but also Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and Copper and this is the best pineapple smoothie for all those vitamins. The downside is that it’s not as low in calories as most fruits so while you should eat it, you should definitely do so in moderation if you’re watching your weight.

Ingredients:

1 c. pineapple juice or water (any juice will work, but the taste will change)
1 can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 fresh or frozen bananas
2 t. honey
1 c. vanilla yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
3-5 ice cubes

Directions:

Blend all ingredients on low until mixed, turn to high until frothy and smooth.

Mango and Pineapple Smoothie

mango and pineapple

Ingredients:

1 large mango partially frozen
1 Can sliced pineapple, or 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, partially frozen
1 banana, chilled
(if used canned pineapple, use that juice, otherwise add 1/2 cup pineapple juice and 1/2 cup orange juice
Ice cubes if needed for thickness

Dice mango, chop pineapple, and slice banana.
Add fruit to blender with juice.
Blend until smooth.

(Add ice if too thin, water or juice if too thick)

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

There is one thing that many people need. This would be potassium. Now, you can get just that with the rich flavor of pineapple mixed with the best fruit which can give you the potassium that you need. This fruit is no other than banana. Here is how you can make yours right in your own home.

First let’s start with the ingredients. You will need:

4 ice cubes

¼ fresh pineapples which needs to be peeled as well as cored and cubed

1 large banana which one needs to make sure that they cut into chunks

1 C. pineapple or you can use apple juice

The next step is real easy to do. All you have to do is throw all this into the blender and puree it until all is nice and smooth. Voila, you have a smoothie that tastes great, is very low in calories, and gives you the potassium that you need.

For a unique tropical flair, toss in a couple pinches of coconut or a 1/8 t. coconut extract and enjoy your pina colada smoothie :)

Citrus Cooler

6 1/2 cups ruby red or pink grapefruit juice, divided
2 cups pineapple juice
1 (6 ounces) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
2 cups lime‐flavored sparkling mineral water, chilled

Garnish: lime slices

Pour 2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice into ice trays, filling 28 sections, freeze. Combine remaining 4 cups grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice concentrate, stir well. Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Stir in mineral water just before serving. Place 3 frozen grapefruit juice cubes in each of 9 glasses, fill each fruit juice mixture.

Garnish, if desired.

Serve immediately.

Calories: 244 Carbs: 32 Fat: 2.7 Protein: 2.0