Monday, March 28, 2016
With the temperatures warming up I am beyond excited to start adding some lighter recipes to the menu. One thing I love for breakfast is smoothies, but when those temps are hovering around freezing I can't even really wrap my brain around the thought of sipping on a cold smoothie first thing in the morning. But during those spring and summer months? Well, that's a different story. Bring on those light, refreshing, flavorful smoothies.
I can't tell you how long it's been since I broke my blender out to make a smoothie. I can tell you that it has been a while. So it's definitely time. This month's Secret Recipe Club assignment had just the recipe I needed to get me out of my smoothie slumber.
Sarah over at Fantastical Sharing has a ton of mouthwatering recipes. I perused through them all and was torn on several. There was one, however, that kept coming back to mind no matter how many recipes I read and that was a recipe for a smoothie. A mango coconut smoothie.
Doesn't that just scream spring? The flavors alone were enough to draw me in, but then that beautiful, bright yellow color was all the more reason I needed to make this now.
Sarah's smoothie recipe sounded delicious and refreshing and the perfect thing to sip on during these upcoming warmer days. I did make a few adjustments reduce the amount of sweetness and to make it a little more suitable for breakfast. I love love love cream of coconut, I could probably drink the stuff out of the bottle, but it's not the best thing to consume a ton of it first thing in the morning. So I reduced the amount of cream of coconut and threw in some coconut milk. This added a slight sweetness, coconut flavor and some creaminess to the smoothie.
This smoothie is bright, flavorful, refreshing and comes together quickly. To add a little more substance to the mix you could also add a scoop of protein powder. I'd also opt to toss in a handful of baby spinach or kale to up that veggie power. Add whatever you want, but just be sure to make this smoothie ASAP!
Mango Coconut Smoothie
1 1/4 Cups chopped frozen mango, pineapple and papaya
1 Cup Coconut milk
2 Tbsp cream coconut
Splash of lime juice
2-3 Tbsp pineapple juice
Protein powder, optional
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste, add more milk and juice if desired. Top with shredded coconut, if desired.
Recipe source: adapted from Fantastical Sharing