Okay so the weather outside in Canada is extremely cold… so closing your eyes, starting each day with a piña colada and pretending you are on a warm beach is very appealing.
Not only during this cold time of year do you want to pretend you’re warmer than you are, but it’s also a good time to incorporate as many vitamins and minerals as you can, as so many nasty colds are being spread everywhere we go!
Now, don’t let the green colour scare you – I added the greens powder for an extra nutrient boost – this ingredient is totally optional and without it, your drink is a pleasant yellow colour. But I must say, there is something weirdly satisfying about drinking a green drink… it makes me think I am doing magical things for my health 😉 I prefer using greens powder during the winter when I can’t get good quality greens (and they cost a FORTUNE) to throw into my smoothie. It’s definitely a more economical option for getting that extra boost!
And now for the recipe!
Piña Colada Protein Smoothie
1.5 cups of unsweetened cashew milk (you can use unsweetened almond or coconut here or 2% milk if you prefer)
1/4 cup frozen fresh coconut (I am loving this stuff! If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, try 1 tbsp. of dried unsweetened coconut)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp. probiotic chia seeds
1 scoop greens powder
1 serving of protein powder (if you’d prefer, you could use plain Greek yogurt for protein instead. I prefer the subtle hint of vanilla in protein powder… and again, more economical – Greek yogurt is expensive!)
Put all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
Depending on the blender that you have, this may take some time – the pineapple chunks and the pieces of coconut can be tough to blend.
Enjoy (if you have one, throw an umbrella in the glass for an extra tropical touch 😉 )
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe and it brings some warmth to your cold December days!
Until next time,
Yours in Health,