For most of us in the continental US winter weather has left us longing for spring. We are ready to trade in the cold, slush, and snow for the warm rays of sunshine. What do you do to escape the winter blues?
For me I make tropical smoothies! When I’m sipping on a taste of summer I can pretend winter is a stranger. Nothing says summer like fruit and coconut!
Lately I’ve been enjoying this tasty smoothie. It’s not only yummy, but it packs some pleasant benefits as well!
About the Ingredients
We all know bananas as a source of potassium, but bananas also contains the natural mood-enhancer tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted to seoronin, which can help overcome depression and helps relive Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). (source) That makes bananas a perfect ingredient in a mood-lifting wintertime smoothie!
Kiwi contains many health benefits, but this time of year, the most important may be its ability to boost the immune system with its vitamin C and other antioxidant compounds. It’s also a good source of fiber, which can help fill you up. (source) (source)
Touted as “Nature’s Sports Drink” for its balance of electrolytes and natural carbohydrates, coconut water is great for hydration. It contains five essential electrolytes: potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. (source) This brand contains no artificial sweeteners or colors.
Coconut milk has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, which may help fight viruses that cause influenza (something important this time of year). The medium-chain saturated fatty acids in coconut milk may also improve heart health. (source) It’s important to get coconut milk packaged in BPA-free containers. Find some here.
Pineapple contains vitamins C and B1, and smaller amounts of B2, B3, B5, and B6. It is also an excellent source of manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, folic acid, and dietary fiber. Bromelain in pineapple reduces inflammation and swelling and may reduce pain from certain inflammatory conditions. (source) The juice from fresh pineaples is always best, as pasteurization decreases many of the nourishing benefits. However, if you can’t juice your own pineapple, here is a brand that is not made from concentrate.
Everyone knows yogurt is a great source of active cultures that can help the gut. It’s also a good dose of protein, calcium, vitamin B2, B12, potassium, and magnesium. (source)
Let’s get on to the recipe so you can drink your winter blues good-bye!
Here’s to summer! Drink up!
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