A-glow-ha Tropical Smoothie

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If you like Piña Coladas…

I love me a little Jimmy Buffet! And a delicious summer drink that doesn’t just taste good but that is also good for you. Get your glow on with this invigorating skin beautifier rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Made with pineapple, mango and coconut, this green smoothie will have you feeling like you’re at the beach in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic mixed greens, packed (I used baby kale, chard, and spinach)
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2-1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup pure coconut water
  • 1/2 scoop of ice

Instructions:

  1. Throw all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend like madness.
  3. Drink.
  4. Yes, I like Piña Coladas…

Teachable Tips:

  1. Pineapple is packed full of vitamin C which is vital for skin repair. It also contains the enzyme bromelain which supports digestive health by breaking down proteins, and helps fight inflammation in the body. Mango is an excellent source of vitamin A required for maintaining healthy skin and proper immune system function.
  2. Matcha is a green tea powder from Japan that is high in essential nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content because the entire leaf and not just the brewed water is ingested. Further, matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine known to relax the mind and enhance your mood. Matcha is also said to naturally detoxify the body, boost metabolism, lower cholesterol and control blood sugar.
  3. Both coconut milk and coconut water make a great lactose free base for smoothies. But what’s the difference? Coconut milk is made with the meat of mature coconuts and water. It is rich and thick with a high content of saturated fats. It usually comes in a can and is the kind used for Thai cooking (not to be confused with the coconut milk beverage that comes in a carton!). Coconut water is the fat free, low calorie clear liquid inside young green coconuts. While not quite the “miracle drink” as hyped by manufacturers in the past, it is very hydrating and naturally refreshing with a slightly sweet, nutty taste.

Now, if only you could get that song out of your head…

Enjoy!

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