Tropical Punch Smoothie
I spend most my days either searching for interesting new recipes and food trends or finding new places to adventure to during my not so often holidays. We all spend at least half our days daydreaming of where we’d rather be, places we’d rather visit and all the exciting things we would rather be doing other than sitting behind our desks working our regular 9-5’s. It comes as no surprise that our first smoothie of the year needed to be green, because kicking the year off to a good start is still priority number one, and it needed to bring us some holiday nostalgia, and the tropical punch smoothie was born. The sweetness of the pineapple sent us straight back into holiday mode, while still keeping us on the track to detoxing after our December holidays.
Being back at work, and fully immersed in our regular routine can start feeling a little robotic, and we all know green smoothies can tend to taste a tad too earthy, and just generally ‘green’. One of the ways we try and break the monotony of our weeks is to try and mix up our smoothies. Instead of opting for the same green ingredients each day, get a little adventurous. It’s the little things that excite us sometimes. Buying seasonal fruits can make all the difference if you’re stuck on what to add to your next smoothie. Visit your local fresh produce market and see what interesting fruits are in season.
During the Cape Town summer months pineapples seem to be everywhere, so why not embrace it and make pineapple is the hero of this smoothie. We love pineapple for all the obvious reasons, not only does it bring on those summer feelings just by looking at the little-coalesced berries that make up this amazing fruit but they are a vitamin powerhouse. The one cup of cubed pineapple that we’re adding to our smoothie contains 80 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. This serving of nutrient-rich fruit also provides you with 40 percent of the daily value for vitamin C as well as a range of other varying vitamins and considering that’s just breakfast, it’s pretty impressive.
Getting back into long working hours can be tough but pineapples have the added benefits such as their rich manganese content that assists in energy production. The trace mineral is an important cofactor needed for the creation of enzymes used in the production of energy within your body. Having extra energy during your first few weeks back at work can make all the difference to your production levels.
Pineapples may have a vast array of health benefits, and you can read further on those in one of our previous posts (grilled pineapple with coconut & chili ice-cream), however, we do need to point out that pineapples are a fruit high in natural sugars. We don’t recommend omitting ANY foods from your diet, but we would like everyone to be mindful. Although fruits contain natural sugars, if you are diabetic or need to monitor your sugar intake more closely, you should understand how much sugar is included in certain fruits, such as the pineapple and surprisingly bananas. The 1 cup of fresh pineapple we recommend adding = 14g of sugar, be sure to buy fresh pineapple as tinned and even dried pineapples can contain higher amounts of sugar because of the preserving process.
The one thing that sets pineapples aside from other fruits high in sugar, is its bromelain-rich core, which helps digestion. Even though they’re high in natural sugars, it’s best to consume them in the morning, for breakfast or as a snack to boost your energy levels. The benefits of pineapple are undeniable, and when eaten in moderation can bring an amazing brightness to your regular green smoothie. This tropical punch smoothie has everything going for it, from the creaminess of the banana, nutrient density of baby spinach and the sweetness and tang of pineapple, that it has now become my morning pick-me-up smoothie. Letting me daydream about all the summer adventures on tropical islands still to come.
- 1/2 Banana, frozen
- 1 cup Pineapple, cubed and frozen
- 1 Large Handfuls Baby Spinach
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 1/2 Lemon, juiced
- If using a Nutribullet add your greens in first, followed by all the other ingredients. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
- If you’d like a thicker smoothie, add more banana or ice. If you prefer your smoothies thinner add more almond milk or water, and adjust to your preferences.
- Split between 2 glass, and enjoy!
- Best served immediately.