Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie (+ Pantry Crashers Video)

Escape to the tropics with this sweet and delicious Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie.

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This week has been full of smoothies.  The week kicked off with 60 Smoothie Recipes, a list full of delicious smoothies that you definitely will want to keep on hand.

Wednesday I went green with a Banana Mango Green Smoothie made with coconut water.  It is light and refreshing.  Even people who don’t love green smoothies will love it.

This Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie is another one of my go to smoothies.  It is sweet, creamy and tastes like a Piña Colada.  The best part is this smoothie uses easy items like canned coconut milk and a can of pineapple chunks that you can always have on hand.

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My kids are little monkeys and love bananas.  My fruit bowl is always filled with them.  Once in awhile they get a little brown.  When they do, if I’m not ready to make Banana Bread, I’ll peel them and toss them in the freezer.  Frozen bananas are great for smoothies.  Any fruit that may not be ready for the garbage or compost, but too ripe to eat I always put in the freezer.  I have a storage container that I just add fruit to anytime I have fruit on hand that has seen better days.  I love to do that with veggies too which I use for making stock.

Jennifer Ford Berry and I are back with another episode of Pantry Crashers.  In this episode, Jennifer shows you a typical pantry and gives some great tips and ideas for a functional and organized pantry.  Then we head into the kitchen as we chat about healthy eating and  whip up this tasty smoothie.

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Pantry Crashers — Part 1  the pantry

Pantry Crashers — Part 2 the recipe

Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

2 servings

Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes (about 8 large cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until creamy.
  2. Serve immediately.
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Banana Mango Green Smoothie

Blend up this light and refreshing Banana Mango Green Smoothie made with coconut water. 

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The unofficial smoothie week continues with this tasty Banana Mango Green Smoothie

When I came up with this it was love at first sip.  Made with banana, mango (obviously), a handful of spinach leaves and coconut water.  It is a perfect combination.  I have even made this for people that are not spinach or green smoothie fans and they love it.

When you have the right ratio of ingredients to balance the flavors, they blend perfectly together (literally.)  So if you are on the fence about trying a green smoothie, I encouarge you to try this.  You may be surprised just how tasty it is. 

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For this recipe I went conservative on the spinach.  Feel free to add a litte more.  Also add in some chia seeds, ground flaxseed if you have it on hand too. 

This Banana Mango Green Smoothie is light and refreshing.  I make this almost everyday for my kids.  I like to use canned coconut water, however any coconut water will do.  I usually buy my mangos in a three pack.  What I like to do is I’ll cut them up and place them in the freezer.  This saves a step when I’m ready to make the smoothie.  I just need to toss the ingredients in the blender and not have to take the extra time to cut up the fruit.   If you do use frozen fruit, you’ll just need to use less ice. 

If you love smoothies or are looking for some new flavors to try, you need to add this one to your list.  It is so good!

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Banana Mango Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Banana Mango Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Serve immediately.

You can also add in chia seeds or a pinch of ground flaxseed. If using frozen fruit, use less ice.

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Love smoothies?  Then don’t miss 60 Smoothie Recipes.

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60 Smoothie Recipes

60 Smoothie Recipes from Toasted Coconut to Peaches and Cream, that you can blend up any time of day. 

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I love a good smoothie.  They are refreshing, creamy and most of the time healthy.  Smoothies are an easy way to start the day.  Just toss the ingredients in your blender, whip it up and you are ready to go.  You can also measure out the ingredients ahead of time, place them in freezer bags or containers and just toss in the blender.  It’s a great time saver.  Here are a few other ideas to get the most out of your daily smoothie. 

Don’t let fruit or veggies go to waste – My kids are notorious for eating half of an apple, sneaking just a bite of a strawberry or half of a banana and leaving the rest of it on the counter.  Instead of tossing it in the garbage and letting it go to waste, I’ll cut it up and put it in the freezer to later use in a smoothie.

Add in some flaxseed or chia seed – Another way to get the most out of your smoothies is a few pinches of ground flaxseed or chia seeds.  Almost every smoothie I make I add in one or both.  They both provide nutritional benefits such as fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. 

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Don’t be scared of the green smoothie – If you are scared that you may not like a green smoothie, start small.  Add in just a small amount of spinach or kale to get used to the flavor.  If blended just right, you may not even taste the difference.  Before you know it you’ll be adding more than you ever thought. 

Add a scoop of protein powder – A few spoonfuls of protein powder in your morning smoothie is a great way to start the day.

Smoothies are not just for breakfast – If you have kids like me that are picky about their fruits and veggies, make them a smoothie for an after-school snack.  Sneak in some carrots or whatever veggies you have on hand to provide them with their daily serving of fruits and veggies. 

Have fun – Experiment, have fun and use what you have on hand to blend up your very own concoction. 

Need some ideas?  From Nutella Banana Smoothie to Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie, here are 60 Delicious Smoothie Recipes in this slideshow from talented food bloggers.  Simply click the arrows to view each recipe.  Want the recipe?  Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the recipe to review, print and pin!

So grab a refreshing smoothie, and enjoy these 60 Smoothie Recipes you will want to blend up soon!

60 Smoothie Recipes (click on the arrow to view the next recipe.  To view recipes details, click on the image.)

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Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

I think spring finally arrived!

With the nicer weather here, we have been spending time outdoors doing yard work;  a lot of yard work.  Trying to keep an eye on the twins or play campfire with Eden near the fire pit roasting pretend marshmallows, I don’t get as much done as I’d like.  I keep telling myself that everything will get done, it just might take a little longer than I would like.  Oh well, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Somehow by the beginning of June everything is in bloom and the yard looks great.

Tropical Smoothie

On top of trying to get the yard ready for summer, Mr. Mother Thyme had surgery yesterday, so I’m the only one that can really get the work done until he is back on his feet.  No worries, he is fine.  He had his gall bladder removed but he is home and recovering fine.  Hence, the bit of an absence from posting this past week.  Between the kids, yard work, playing nurse and also keeping my house running smoothly, I am literally whipping up meals and snacks quick.  This tropical smoothie is one of them.  It is light and refreshing, perfect for the warmer months.  I love to take it on the go to have outside to sip and enjoy while running around the yard or just relaxing and enjoying the nicer weather outdoors.

Tropical Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup ice (about 6-7 ice cubes)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and serve immediately.

You can also substitute the coconut water for 1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk for a creamier smoothie.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

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How about a slice of cheesecake?  Better yet, what if it’s blended into a smoothie, definitely acceptable for breakfast.

If you love cheesecake, you will love this thick and creamy strawberry cheesecake smoothie.   You can even make a blueberry cheesecake smoothie swapping out the strawberries for blueberries, or even combine the two.  

The twins love this smoothie, although they love most smoothies I make.  I can’t always count on them eating their veggies, but I know when I make smoothies, they’ll drink them, even the ones I sneak veggies into.  Eden loves when she sees me take out the blender.  She gets so excited and says “smoothie, smoothie”.   Once I get ready to start the blender she plugs her ears;  it’s too cute.  Just her reaction is worth making a smoothie everyday.

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This makes one generous serving or two small smoothies, perfect for when you get the urge for cheesecake.  All you need is about five minutes and a blender for one tasty treat.

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1-2 servings

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 ounces light or fat free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

If needed, add a splash of milk while blending to thin it out.

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Pistachio Banana Pudding Smoothie

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Meet Pistachio Banana Pudding Smoothie.  Rich, creamy and so delicious.

It should come to no surprise that I love smoothies.  Not only do I talk about them all the time, but I drink them everyday.   While looking through my pantry I stumbled across a few leftover packages of pistachio pudding mix that I was using for my Pistachio Wedding Cookies over the holidays.  As tempting as it is to make another batch of those buttery cookies, I thought there was another use for these pudding mixes.  This smoothie hits the spot, especially when craving Pistachio Wedding Cookies.  It is rich and creamy and completely satisfying.   I add banana in it because I don’t dare call this a smoothie without some fruit in it.  Plus it compliments the smoothie nicely.   This reminds me of a dessert smoothie or if you just need a little fun smoothie to brighten your day. 

Just think of all the possibilities and combinations you can make with pudding mix and fruit in a smoothie.  Chocolate pudding with banana, banana pudding with strawberries, you name it.  This definitely makes a healthier treat or snack than a milkshake but this is just as satisfying as one. 

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Pistachio Banana Pudding Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Pistachio Banana Pudding Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups skim or low fat milk
  • 1 cup vanilla non-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 package (3.4 ounce) instant pistachio pudding mix OR 1 package (1 ounce) Sugar Free-Fat Free instant pistachio pudding mix.
  • 1 banana

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on highest speed until creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.
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A few of my other favorites~

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Nutella Banana Smoothie
Tropical Chia Smoothie-  Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Healthy Green Smoothie- A Spicy Perspective

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

orange creamsicle smoothie

Happy New Year!  A new year means new beginnings.  Time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.  I’m excited to look past the trays of cookies I probably consumed this holiday season, and not to mention my pants being a bit snug and start eating healthy again.  Whether you are looking to shed some pounds or maintain your weight, eating healthy should become a lifestyle not considered a diet.    

Being a weight-loss consultant in the past, the key to success whether you are maintaining your weight or looking to lose some extra pounds is portion control, exercise, and sleep.  I used to always tell my clients that our bodies are like cars, we need fuel to keep us going.  Our tank needs to be filled 5-6 times a day, so eating small, portioned controlled meals throughout the day will keep you going.  You should start with a healthy breakfast in the morning, usually within the first hour you wake up.  That is like adding fuel to the tank.  Believe it or not, that was hard for many.  Whether you are running late to work, getting the kids ready, many people found it hard to take a few minutes and eat a proper breakfast themselves.  Studies show, people that eat breakfast tend to lose more weight or maintain their weight than ones that don’t.  Bottom lines friends, eat breakfast. 

orange creamsicle smoothie

My favorite tool I like to use to help me count calories is My Fitness Pal.  It is a free online tool and there is also an app for your smartphone so you to can track all of your meals.  If you are looking to lose weight, you can plug in some information and it will let you know how many calories you can consume a day.  I am absolutely in love with this.  It is a great way to keep on track, manage your calorie intake and help you lose weight.  Oh, and did I mention the calorie counter is free. 

As you may know, I love smoothies.  So what better way to kick off this New Year, New You with a favorite of mine, an Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.  Creamy, smooth and gives your body a little boost of Vitamin C.  Best part, this smoothie is only 125 calories per serving, or 250 for the entire batch.  It requires just two ingredients plus a few ice cubes.  Even though it only requires two ingredients they “blend” so well making for one tasty smoothie.  You only need 1/4 cup of orange juice concentrate to make this smoothie.  What I like to do is take all the contents of the tube of concentrate and store it in a freezer safe container.  You can even divide it out into 1/4 cup portions so it is easy to pop in the blender.   

Enjoy this smoothie along with a healthy breakfast or enjoy as a mid-morning “snack”.   This probably doesn’t even require a recipe, so please don’t think I’m crazy when you see the recipe.  It is easy recipes like this that I often find that I then think to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”?  I hope you think the same about this one as well.

Check out some of my other favorite smoothies:

Black Forest Smoothie
Peachy Green Smoothie
Nutella Banana Smoothie
Banana Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

orange creamsicle smoothie

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings (8 ounce each)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
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Low Fat Cookies and Cream Smoothie

low fat cookies and cream smoothie

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie watch out, there is a new smoothie in town.

I make smoothies everyday.  I am always coming up with new concoctions for my kids and I to enjoy. From fruit smoothies to green smoothies I can’t get enough of them.  This low fat cookies and cream smoothie was inspired after a recent stop at our local ice cream shop.  I have weakness for all things cookies and cream; especially those cookies and cream blizzards.  

This smoothie is rich and creamy with little chunks of chocolate cookie pieces mixed in.  It reminds me of one of those blizzards expect in a smoothie version.  You wouldn’t think you were drinking a low fat smoothie while enjoying one of these.  

I like to use a pouch of the 100 calorie package cookies.  To keep the cookies from breaking up to much you want to slowly pulse them into the smoothie just a couple times so they keep their texture.  Pour into glass and enjoy.  The result is pure bliss.  
low fat cookies and cream smoothie

Low Fat Cookies and Cream Smoothie

Approximately 255 calories

Approximately 4 grams of fat

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim or low fat milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 pouch Keebler Mini Fudge Stripes Dark Chocolate 100 Calorie Right Bites or similar
  • Pinch of sugar or sugar substitute like Splenda (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine yogurt, milk and ice in blender and blend until creamy. On low setting slowly pulse in cookies until just crumbled or until desired. Stir in sugar.
  2. Pour into large glass and serve.
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low fat cookies and cream smoothie

Black Forest Smoothie

Black Forest Smoothie

I think I have found my new favorite smoothie.

I drink smoothies everyday.  I have my usual go to smoothies which is either a banana peanut butter smoothie or a banana blueberry smoothie.  I got this crazy idea not long ago to try making a Black Forest Smoothie.

When I was organizing my recipes I stumbled upon a recipe a family friend gave me years ago for Black Forest Cake.   Doesn’t a big piece of moist and delicious black forest cake sound good right about now?  Well, that is what I was thinking when I came across the recipe but I thought of what about trying it as a smoothie.  This came out fantastic!  It has just the right balance of chocolate and cherries.  

With just a few ingredients, a quick pulse in the blender, you can whip up one of these delicious smoothies.  If you enjoy smoothies, trust me you want to try this one!  

Black Forest Smoothie


Black Forest Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 5.3oz cup of black cherry yogurt (such as Oikos Greek yogurt)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in blender and blend on highest setting until desired consistency.

Top with whip cream for an added treat You can substitute black cherry yogurt for vanilla yogurt and increasing the amount of frozen cherries to about 3/4 cup. If you use fresh, pitted cherries, add in 1/2 cup of crushed ice.

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Black Forest Smoothie






Banana Cinnamon Smoothie


I recently had a chance to get to the mall without the twins to do a little shopping for myself.  While I was there I saw a Yogen Fruz and since I am such a smoothie fan I had to try one.  I had the Banana Boost smoothie, and it was fantastic.  I had drank it all by the time I got to Macy’s (the next store over).  It is such a simple smoothie, with skim milk, yogurt, banana and cinnamon but it was so delicious.  

The following day I was at another mall (this time with the twins in tow) and I was hoping that a Yogen Fruz was open so I could inhale another one of those smoothies.  The good news is they are opening one later this fall.  I was thrilled to hear that since that mall is closer to where I live and where I usually go if I venture out to the mall.  

I have thought about this smoothie the past few days, so instead of wondering what excuse I could come up with to venture up to the mall with a Yogen Fruz again, I decided to create it myself and I think this is a great comparison to my love for the Yogen Fruz Banana Boost smoothie.  

Simple and delicious.  The perfect anytime smoothie.  Enjoy!


Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Ingredients
1 banana sliced (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup ice

Directions
Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smoothie.