Chef Kate: Tropical Smoothie

Posted on July 27th, 2011

This delicious smoothie will have you dreaming of the tropics in no time. It’s a healthy treat you’ll enjoy anytime of the day and makes a great dessert served with a few of your favorite cookies. For a quick meal on the go when I am pressed for time but still want a nutritious breakfast I add my favorite green powder. Always use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Ingredients: 1 Pint vanilla frozen yogurt (or plain, just add more sweetener if needed); 1 Cup un-sweetened coconut milk (you can use canned or So Delicious coconut milk); ½ to 1 Cup milk or non-dairy milk alternative (almond milk is great in this shake); ½ Cup frozen bananas (cut in ¼ inch rounds); ¼ Cup fresh or frozen mango (cut in 1 inch pieces); ¼ Cup fresh or frozen pineapple (cut in 1 inch pieces); 1 Tablespoon agave sweetener (optional if needed); Toasted shredded coconut (optional for garnish); Pineapple slices (optional for garnish); Mint leaves (for garnish)

Place all the ingredients, except garnishes, in the blender. Pulse the blender on high, stopping a couple of times to stir and push down the sides. If the shake is too thick add more milk and continue blending until it reaches a creamy consistency and all the fruit is blended well. You can also use a little water instead of the milk if you like. If the shake becomes too thin just add a bit more frozen fruit or frozen yogurt. Experiment with your favorite frozen yogurt flavors and fruits to make your own special creation! Your kids will love helping in the kitchen too when you make these yummy treats.

Kate McAloon is a personal chef whose client list includes Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Visit Chef Kate’s website www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com and the Kora Organics blog www.koraorganics.com (under Chef Kate) for more healthy organic recipes and articles.

Image: Peter Turner www.magiclanternpaperproducts.com.

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