June 4, 2013

A Simple Coconut Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

A Simple Coconut Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

Last summer my second trimester craving was milkshakes. If an ice cream could be whipped together with milk and sucked through a straw I was game. You name the flavor, I wanted it! Of course, this summer there is nary a dairy shake in sight. I am halfway to my baby weight loss goal and I am not going to so much as sip an Awful, Awful until I am comfortably back in my skinny jeans. Until then, I am making myself milkshake-like smoothies that totally satisfy all my shake cravings without the unwanted calories.

I’ve taken to whipping up this tropical treat in the mid-afternoon when I am in the mood for an afternoon sweet fix. The coconut milk is so sweet and delicious on its own it really functions like vanilla ice cream. Then, I add some pineapple and a touch of ginger for some fruity and spice and voila, my “shake” is ready. As the days get hotter this is becoming quite the awesome refresher. I’ve experimented with a few different flavors, swapping ginger for basil, and adding a few chunks of watermelon. They all have some out well. My cardinal rule is to keep it simple. There is no point in making a smoothie if takes longer to assemble than it does to drink!

I’ll admit that I am still looking forward to my skinny jeans celebration milkshake. But, until then, it is the summer of smoothies all the way. I already know I’ll be sipping this at our annual 4th of July bash.

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Recipe

Simple Coconut Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

1. Place the first three ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Then, add in the ice cubes and blend on high speed until completely smooth. Or, as I like it, leave the ice somewhat chunky. Serve with a straw!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This simple smoothie packs a punch flavor-wise. To change up the flavor try adding fresh herbs like basil or mint. Mango or strawberries will also work well in lieu of pineapple.

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10 minutes prep time

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  • http://sipnsnap.blogspot.sg/

    Coconut milk always elevates any dish doesn’t it. And makes you think of a summer holiday! This looks delish!

  • Devon Schweidel

    I’m heading out to get coconut milk right now!

  • Monika C

    Very tasty! I added teaspoon of chia seeds for good measure:)

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Hi Monika – I LOVE the idea of chai seeds. I am going to try this the next time I make it!

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