So I think I have made my love of autumn and autumn food pretty clear by now. What is there not to love? But every once in a while it is nice to sprinkle a little bit of summer in between our fall foods. This smoothie is begging to be on the beach in Hawaii. Maybe if you close your eyes while you drink it and play ocean music in the background it will almost be like you are there (and maybe crank up your heater as well). While I know it isn’t the tropical season any more, it sounded so good I couldn’t resist:-)
Most of my smoothies, on and off the blog, are some lovely shade of green as I pack them with spinach. Even though green is my favorite color, (sage, forest, olive, mint — they are all so beautiful!) I know it is not always the most fun color to drink. It has been a while since our last non-green smoothie; so today we will add one more to the queue. I hope you enjoy this tropical wonder and all its non-green glory… but if you want to add some greens by all means, go ahead!
Confession: while I didn’t put any spinach into my blender this time, I couldn’t resist adding at least one vegetable. I snuck a carrot into the mix. I think carrots are an excellent smoothie vegetable. They are already slightly sweet, for a vegetable, and mixed in with the fruit you don’t even notice them.
Most of the ingredients in here shouldn’t be too surprising. There is one item that I don’t usually use in my smoothies… but maybe I will start to. And the new ingredient is… ginger! Ginger has so many amazing benefits. A few ways it helps the body handle are: arthritis pain, headaches, menstrual cramps (I must remember that one!), digestion and asthma. Because of all the fruit we use you can enjoy all the blessings of ginger, but you wouldn’t have a clue if you hadn’t put it in the blender yourself;-)
Now we finally get to our blessed tropical fruit. My mix is pineapple, papaya, strawberries and mango. That is a happy blend… and a beautiful one. You can choose whatever tropical fruit puts a smile onto your face. Throw everything into your blender, mix and go on a little breakfast vacation. Let this jar of tropical wonder lull you back to the warmth of summer. And when you are done you can return to the land of pumpkin and soup… which isn’t a bad place to be either:-)
Tropical Paradise Smoothie
1 C almond milk
1-2 t vanilla
2 T protein powder
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t ginger (powder)
1/2 t flax seeds
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped *
2 C frozen tropical fruit
- Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth and creamy.
* If the raw carrots are a little more than your blender can process try steaming them until they are soft enough for your blender’s health:-)
Now isn’t that a nice color?