I realize that it’s still only February, but I am feeling decidedly tropical today. As in “squeeze into a bathing suit, adorn myself with a lei and sip on a Mai Tai” kind of tropical. We have never been on a tropical vacation as a family and we are practically doing headstands because our trip to The Big Island of Hawaii is just around the corner. Snorkeling and sushi and beaches…oh my!
In honor of our upcoming trip, it seemed only right to pull out some mangos and pineapples (albeit frozen ones) and whip them into a healthy tropical smoothie. If I had any mini umbrellas, I would have stuck them on the side of this glass faster than you can say “Aloha, mahalo and hula.” That’s about the extent of my Hawaiian language knowledge.
To give this smoothie an extra boost of fiber, I threw in a 1/4 cup of raw oats, which is a trick I learned from one of the instructors at the gym. Fiber is linked to all sorts of health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, helping to control blood sugar levels and aiding in maintaining a healthy weight by making you feel fuller faster and longer. Adding whole grains to your diet will bump up your fiber intake in no time.
If you’re making smoothies for more than one person, this recipe is easily doubled or tripled. If you prefer to use fresh mango and pineapple, you may find that you have to decrease the amount of milk you use and add some ice for a thicker, frostier consistency.
Other healthy recipes with tropical flavors:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Pineapple Chili Pork Chops
Cookin’ Canuck’s Strawberry & Mango Fruit Salad
EatGood4Life’s Overnight Tropical Oats
Simply Recipes’ Sautéed Shrimp with Warm Tropical Fruit Salsa
Cookie & Kate’s Coconut Quinoa & Kale with Tropical Pesto
Tropical Mango & Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
- 1 1/3 cup skim milk
- 2/3 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a heavy-duty blender. Blend until smooth. Serve.
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