Mango & Pineapple Tropical Smoothie
Good Morning! Hope your week has gotten off to a great start. I am trying to get back into the swing of things after spending a couple days away in San Francisco with my childhood bestie. We tried a yummy new restaurant, Trestle, in the Financial District for dinner Saturday night. Every night they feature a unique prix fixe menu for $38.00. One highlight of the weekend was going for a run together through China Town and North Beach until we reached Lombard Street. I’ve been visiting the city my entire life, but this was the first time either if us had a chance to experience the “crookedest” street in the world. The best part of our time away was just having the opportunity to reconnect and be together.
After spending the last few weeks indulging in a few too many cupcakes, I’m ready for a week of cleaner eating. I have been tinkering with this smoothie recipe for years. Many smoothies have the caloric equivalent of an entire meal. My goal was to create a smoothie that I could enjoy with a piece of toast or a bar for breakfast, half a sandwich at lunch or as an afternoon snack. At under 180 calories this smoothie is the perfect combination of tropical flavors and creamy deliciousness! With the exception of the spinach most of the ingredient can be found in my freezer or panty on any given day. This smoothie is a great option for days that you haven’t made it to the grocery store to replenish you fruit and vegetable supplies, but want to enjoy something light and refreshing. I chose unsweetened almond milk as my liquid because it contains less sugar than juice, gives the smoothie it’s creamy taste and prevents the smoothie from becoming too sweet.
I make this smoothie in my Magic Bullet Blender. The Magic Bullet Blender has been perfect for our families needs. It is much less expensive than the larger models I see demonstrated at Costco. Since each person in my family has their own favorite smoothie recipe, I find I only need a blender large enough for a single serving. It is also the perfect size to prepare a batch of homemade pesto. The blade is not as powerful as those larger blenders. I blend half of my ingredients together, then add the remaining ingredient to guarantee a creamy, chunk-free smoothie. I have had my Magic Bullet for at least 6 years and I just recently replaced my original blade from here.
Mango & Pineapple Tropical Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup spinach
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ of a fresh or frozen banana
- ½ cup Trader Joe’s frozen pineapple tidbits
- ½ cup Trader Joe’s frozen mango chunks
Blend spinach, a frozen banana broken into chunks and almond milk into your blender. Blend until smooth. Add mango chunks and pineapple tidbits to blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Tip: I tend to buy a bunch of bananas at the beginning of the week. At the end of the week we are usually left with one or two bananas that are too ripe or bruised for our taste. I peel each banana, cut it in half and place it in a freezer bag. When I want to make a smoothie I remove one of the banana halves from the freezer to use. I prefer the sweeter taste and thicker consistency the frozen banana lends to a smoothie recipe.
Do you have a go-to smoothie recipe? what are your favorite smoothie ingredients. Leave your favorite recipe in the comments. I would love to give it a try!