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You know what I love? A nice long four day weekend from work. Virginia celebrates a little known holiday in honor of General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. It’s call Lee-Jackson Day. Remember Virginia is the center of the south, whether or not it’s geographically located in the center of the south like Atlanta or something. Add a Monday holiday on the other end of the weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, and you’ve got a mini-vacation. I actually slept in this morning and it was glorious. I’m trying to stay prepared for the upcoming arrival of my first grandchild, so I rest when I can.
You know what else I love? Smoothies! This was another wonderful creation born from leftovers in the fridge. This smoothie may not look like much but the taste is tropical, creamy, fresh and light. And, it’s a terrific breakfast or anytime snack, packing plenty of protein for the day ahead.
I keep a container of frozen bananas in the refrigerator so I’m always ready for smoothies or banana fro yo. To get started, slice one whole frozen banana and add it to your blender.
Add 1/4 cup vanilla Almond Milk or regular milk if preferred.
As I mentioned earlier, we hosted a baby shower last weekend and used unsweetened, pure pineapple juice in a fruit dip. We had some leftover so I added 1/4 pineapple juice to the blender.
It’s no big secret that I’m a plain Greek yogurt nut so I added 1/4 cup of Fage to the blender as well.
I have fresh pineapple in the house so I threw in a few chucks. You could use canned or frozen pineapple if preferred.
To add a little nutritional boost I blended in 1/2 scoop vanilla soy protein powder. For a little sweetness you can add Agave Nectar, honey or a package of Truvia to taste.
Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you’re a big fan of coconut you can add some into the mix, sprinkle it on top or blend in coconut milk if preferred. I added a dash of coconut extract then garnished with a teaspoon of shredded coconut.
Perfectly filling and delicious!
The possibilities are endless.
Not a bad way to start the day!
Pineapple, Banana & Coconut Smoothie
1 whole frozen banana, sliced
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup vanilla Almond Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 cup sliced fresh, canned or frozen pineapple
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon Agave Nectar, honey or 1 packet Truvia to taste
coconut milk (if desired)
1/8 teaspoon coconut extract (if desired)
3-4 ice cubes if desired
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
Blend all ingredients except the coconut until smooth. Add a few ice cubes and blend to desired thickness. Garnish with fresh pineapple and shredded coconut. Serve immediately.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a terrific holiday weekend. I’m heading to the kitchen to whip up some wonderful ,hearty, whole wheat bread and a few other fun recipes. I guess I’ll do a little laundry too 🙂 You know a day off only goes so far.