Mango Pina Colada Smoothie
This smoothie tastes like a vacation (minus the hangover). After over a year in quarantine(ish), I'm so ready for a vacation. Sadly, this is not on the horizon for us anytime soon regardless of the pandemic. BUT this smoothie takes me there. It puts me on that beach, with a good book and the warm sun. With someone bringing me this smoothie and me not having to do any dishes. Or laundry.
Lets see, I've already told you about the magnificence of mangoes and the perfection of the pineapple. But The coconut can be controversial. While many nutritionists tout the amazing health benefits of the coconut, its still a saturated fat. To give credit where it's due, the coconut is also high in fiber and contains a variety of minerals like manganese, copper, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron.
Basically, I wouldn't be guzzling coconut oil, but instead consuming pieces of fresh coconut, and coconut milks/creams in moderation. As always, watch the ingredients lists for additives, natural flavors, and emulsifiers. I tend to select the unflavored and unsweetened varieties. If you eat a predominantly plant-based diet and struggle to find healthy, plant-based fat sources, then you are most likely no stranger to the coconut. The high fiber in coconuts support bowel regularity and a healthy digestive system.
2 cups frozen mango
1 cup of fresh pineapple
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of water
Combine all ingredients in a blender on high until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours.