AIP Tropical Smoothie Recipe
When the weather starts to get warm, it’s time to break out the tropical flavors. There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a cooling tropical treat. Enter our AIP tropical smoothie recipe. This tasty smoothie has no added sweeteners and strikes the perfect balance between tangy and creamy. Sipping this smoothie, it’s not hard to imagine yourself walking down the beach on a tropical island. A four ingredient smoothie that only takes 5 minutes to make from start to finish is a lot more attainable than a flight to the Carribean. So bring the island flavors into your own kitchen and sip, island-style, all summer long!
All About Coconut Water
Coconut water is the juice found in the center of a young coconut, it forms naturally to nourish the fruit as it grows. Because a large portion of the coconut water matures into coconut flesh, there is typically more coconut water in young, green coconuts, than mature fruits.
Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk, which is made from coconut flesh and water and does not form naturally.
Coconut water is packed with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C . Coconut water is effect at replenishing electrolytes. One study found that coconut water was as effective at restoring normal hydration levels after exercise as high-electrolyte sports beverages, and more effective than water alone .
Our Top Tips for Buying, Storing, and Using Pineapple
- Look to the Leaves – When buying a pineapple, look for fresh green leaves, and firm flesh with no soft spots. Another good test is smelling the bottom. Ripe pineapples have a distinctive fruity and sweet scent.
- Use It Or Lose It (Or Freeze It) – Whole pineapples are best stored at room temperature, out of the sunlight. Pineapples have a very short shelf life and are best used within 1 or 2 days of buying. Sliced or cubed pineapple can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen.
- Canned Can Work – Canned pineapple does not have as many nutrients as fresh as it is heated when processed but it has a much longer shelf life. If you are buying canned pineapple, make sure to look for a label that says 100% unsweetened as pineapple is commonly preserved in sugar syrup.
More Pineapple-y AIP Recipes to Fulfill Your Tropical Cravings
A delicious morning smoothie that needs no added sweetness.
- 1 banana (100 g), peeled and diced
- 6 oz (178 g) of coconut water (180g)
- 14 oz (400 g) of pineapple chunks
- 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) of full-fat coconut milk (from a can)
- Place the ingredients in a blender and combine until completely smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into two chilled glasses and serve.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 125
- Sugar: 14 g
- Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 25 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 1 g