The Life of Bon: 5 Ingredient Pina Colada Smoothie

Monday, October 12, 2015

5 Ingredient Pina Colada Smoothie

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Mornings around here are slightly insane on the days that I work, and I will admit that there have been many days where my breakfast is the last thing on the priority list.  I am so good about making sure June gets her healthy meals, but it feels like taking care of my own nutrition falls further down the list of priorities.  (Anyone else like this?  I also find this to be true with getting dressed... I am always much more careful to make sure June looks and smells presentable than I am with myself.  Hmmm....)

The past several months I have tried to be better about making smoothies in the morning for me and for Greg.  My mom gave me a few tips to bump my smoothies up a notch or two in the healthy department so I thought I'd share my favorite one with you today.  I love this recipe because it is so easy, so quick, and has very few ingredients.  The less ingredients the better in my humble opinion... makes for easy and manageable mornings without skipping the early morning nutrients.

5 Ingredient Pina Colada Smoothie

+ 2-3 pineapple slices (I prefer frozen for a colder, chunkier smoothie, but you can do it with unfrozen pineapple too)
+ Pina colada mixer or Cream of Coconut to taste
+ 1 Tbs agave (or honey works too, but agave is healthier and still adds the sweetness you are looking for) (more or less to taste)
+ 2-3 Tbs Vega Essentials shake vanilla flavor
+ 1 c. plain or vanilla yogurt
+ 3/4 c. ice (if your fruit is frozen you can nix the ice)

Blend items together in blender until you've reached your desired consistency.  Use more yogurt and fruit for thicker smoothies.

Although this is a recipe specifically for a pina colada smoothie, you can sub out your pineapple and cream of coconut for just about any fruit in the world.  I do the exact same recipe but use peaches or strawberries instead of pineapple and both of those variations are super yummy smoothies.  You can use any fruit in the world!

(*** Full disclosure*** As far as the ingredient amounts- I never measure when I make this smoothie, I kind of just throw everything in there and it comes out magic.  Ice, Agave, Pineapple will all depend on how sweet or icy or fruity you like your smoothie.  The amounts listed above are suggested amounts, but definitely play around with your amounts until you find what works for you.)

Adding Vega Essentials Shake to this smoothie is something new I tried this month.  It gives the smoothie more substance and nutrients without affecting the taste.  Vega Essentials gives me the energy and strength I need to make it all the way through my morning of faculty meetings, AP literature discussions and emails to parents. 

Vega Essentials Shake has 20 grams of plant-based protein, three servings of greens, 25% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, plus fiber and Omega-3s—all with only 130 calories/serving.  It is also gluten-free, vegan, and made with no added sugar, dairy, or soy ingredients, artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

You can find Vega Essentials Shake exclusively at Target through January.  I found mine in the health, nutrition and weight supplement aisle on the top shelf.

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