It is flu season and the sick making germs are going around everywhere. But I am not giving in. I am still trying ward the virus off by consuming as many immune-boosting foods and drinks as possible.
This Green Piña Colada Smoothie makes a great nutrient + vitamin filled breakfast, lunch or snack. And can you believe that despite its colour it truly tastes like a cocktail that should be sipped somewhere on a tropical island. How is that for warm, flu-fighting thoughts??
The liquid ingredient in this smoothie is coconut milk. It lends the drink part of its awesome island flavor and makes the smoothie suitable for anyone avoiding dairy in their diet. I also add a couple tablespoons of organic shredded coconut because I love coconut and the bits of texture, but its totally optional.
The fruit component are frozen pineapple and banana. The pineapple together with the coconut milk create the delicious Piña Colada flavor. While the banana doesn’t add as much flavor it helps to create the creamy smoothie consistency.
And finally the GREEN…. The striking colour of the smoothie comes from the hidden vegetable component – tender baby spinach! Well, at least flavor-wise its hidden. You can absolutely not taste the leafy green but it adds a whole bunch of goodness to the smoothie. To name a few there is potassium, vitamins A, B-6 and C, magnesium, calcium and of course iron!
Here is to eating and drinking healthy this season, and hopefully staying healthy too!
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
- 1 cup spinach, packed
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks