Saturday, 10 January 2015

Tropical Summer Smoothie

The Durban heat was really sweltering today.  Summer is not really my favorite time of the year, high temperatures just don't go down well with me.  I was feeling for something yummy, nice and cold, but nutritious.  I realized that it had been a long time since I last made a smoothie, or used my blender. ice cold smoothie sounded perfect!

I was feeling a bit experimental, and so, I decided to make something different.

Today, I would like to share a new creation with you!  This smoothie has a sort of tropical look, and flavour.   It tastes really great!  My hubby absolutely loved it!  I know you will love it too. goes:


1x bananas
1/2 cup papaya
1/2 cup pineapple 
2x Tbsp fresh coconut or dried coconut 
1x Tbsp cold pressed coconut oil
1x Tbsp  sunflower seeds
1x Tbsp flaxseeds
Fresh ginger  (or powder)
Fresh turmeric root (or powder)
Cardamon seeds (or powder)
6 blocks of ice
250ml cold water purified

*Sprinkle spices as desired.  I love ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, and so I'm very generous with my servings.  You don't want overkill though.  Half a teaspoon of ginger and nutmeg is quite sufficient, cinnamon is not as strong so one teaspoon will do. 

Simply throw all ingredients into your blender and whizz away! 

This makes a nice big portion, big enough for four in fact.  My hubby and I love to have two servings each, so we like to make up a large quantity.  You can halve the amount of banana, papaya, ice and water to make two servings.

Papaya is very healing and has great skin and beauty benefits.  The banana, coconut, seeds and spices are great for brain health, energy and serotonin levels.

If you're experimenting,  try not to use very sweet fruits for smoothies, you need to watch the sugar content so that you don't spike your blood.  Banana is a good base, especially avocado which gives a real smooth consistency.  Avo really thickens it, so a quarter to half a small avo will do.  You could add avocado to this recipe, or simply replace the banana with avocado for lower sugar content.  

If you don't have a blender, get one.  You'd rather be making smoothies than reaching out for sweets and chocolates too often. 

Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring.  Homemade smoothies can be so delicious!

Let me know if you try this smoothie, and what you think of it?  Enjoy....

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