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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Simple Coconut Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
|1||cup fresh pineapple chunks|
|1||cup coconut milk|
|1||teaspoon finely chopped ginger|
|1||cup ice cubes|
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 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.
10 minutes prep time