Our house is cold. Someone...ahem...forgot to get the gas bottle filled so it's kinda like Antarctica right now. Lucky for me (and you) we have a Tropical Fruit Smoothie to see us through. It's like the sun is shining out of my glass! Which is nice. Because it's most DEFINITELY not shining out my window.
I have a rule - as much as possible I try to only buy fruit & vegetables that are grown in New Zealand. This means that if it's the middle of winter, I'm generally not eating zucchini and peppers. I think it's a little silly that just because I want a zucchini in July it needs to be shipped halfway round the world. I do however have a few exceptions to this rule and this smoothie is FULL of them!
Bananas, mangoes & pineapple. AKA the best fruits ever. Also, I just discovered mango the fruit instead of mango the flavour. Like 2 weeks ago. Where have I been??? New obsession.
Oh and coconut water. Again, a new discovery that I can't get enough of. But there is a common theme - none of these things grow in NZ! Except for maybe bananas at the very top of the North Island, but they're not anywhere I've ever seen them. Which means that I'm allowed to buy them anytime. Yes, I make my own rules. And these being the exception to my rule makes winter a whole lot more exciting. And colourful!
Pre-sliced and frozen bananas make this smoothie super cold & creamy (you can use fresh banana if you're in a hurry but freezing it in advance is definitely worth it) and the fresh mango & pineapple bring the taste of the tropics. The coconut water just thins it out a little - you hardly even notice the flavour but it's enough to just take the smoothie over the top. It's the anti-winter smoothie!
Perfect as a breakfast option, a mid-afternoon pick me up or a healthy option to curb that after dinner craving. Throw a nip of Bacardi in and you could even call it cocktail hour!
Bring on SUMMER!!!
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
- ⅔ cup sliced banana pre-frozen
- ⅔ cup chopped mango
- ⅔ cup chopped pineapple
- ¾ cup coconut water
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more coconut water as necessary to reach a consistency that you like.