Piña Colada Smoothie

Enjoy this bright and refreshing beverage as a meal replacement.

By Kevin RR Williams

NUTRITION All the recent talk about protein powders has made me crave a healthy tropical smoothie. What about you? But I don’t want to give up flavor for nutrition. This is easy to accomplish with a powerful personal blender like the NutriBullet. “If you like piña coladas…” the main ingredients are coconut cream and pineapple juice (with rum) — delicious but fattening. Let's exercise some creative license to lighten this beverage up by removing the cream and alcohol. But we need to add some things in their place.

Piña Colada Smoothie Ingredients

  • Coco Nutty Protein
  • ½ cup pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • ¼ banana
  • 1 pitted peach (nectarine or apple)
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup± coconut water (or orange juice)
  • 1 Tbs honey (or coconut sugar to taste)
  • 4 ice cubes (or less)
  • Get a load of that vitamin C and potassium. Think of the peach with fresh ginger as a replacement for the rum. The optional honey can compensate for bitter fruit. In season, you may reduce or remove the sweetener. For thicker colder smoothies, I prefer to chop a sweet pineapple into chunks and store it in the freezer. Fresh ginger root is also stored frozen and dragged over a micro grater without thawing; it lasts longer and is always available.

    I am not a fan of bananas but they add a rich consistency and are loaded with potassium so a little piece was added. Fans of bananas may add more but be careful, it has a tendency to dominate other flavors. I peel and quarter a hand of bananas, coat with lemon juice to retard browning and keep the pieces in the freezer for easy portioning in smoothies. Similarly, I cored and quartered a dozen apples before placing them in a freezer bag.

    Instructions

    Using the NutriBullet with the 24-ounce cup, screw on the extractor blade assembly, add all ingredients and shake well so liquid surrounds the blades. Blend for one minute or less, until color is homogenous. The smoothie is too thick when there is little motion in the blender; add a bit more liquid. Enjoy this sweet and tangy smoothie immediately.

    Some will wonder if it’s possible to blend using a single blade assembly or drop whole nuts in the blender with frozen fruit to make a protein smoothie. The answer is yes, though, depending on the model, it might not be as smooth. If your unit comes with two blade assemblies, why not use them for their intended purpose?

    I will give you time to shop and try this before sharing another recipe. Follow the Desserts, Sweets & Smoothies board on Pinterest for more ideas.

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