Too, Too Hot: Make a Tropical Smoothie at Home
Even though the kids are back to school, the temperatures here in the Washington DC area are in the "feels like" 100+ range. So baking is mostly out of the question until the weather cools down. Instead, I've turned to another, better option: something cool, creamy, refreshing, and pretty good for you. Specifically, I've opted for a tropical smoothie that you can make at home rather than buy at the "Tropical Smoothie" store. "Tropical Smoothie" sells their basic smoothies for about $6. The version you can make at home is far less expensive and just as good--I think better, even. Plus, you'll know what will go into your version. The tropical smoothie I'm offering you today takes a few minutes to make and requires only three ingredients. It has no--that's right, NO--added sugar or artificial sweeteners in it. It's hard to believe how good the smoothie tastes. Nonetheless, the smoothie is wonderfully sweet and will help you replenish needed nutrients like potassium, calcium, vitamins B6 and C, and manganese. The smoothie also includes bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory properties (good for post-gym issues), and fiber and resistant starch, which may feed friendly gut bacteria. Yes, you will have to do a little work in advance. You'll have to slice and freeze some bananas. Not a big deal. And the end product is incredibly delicious as well as a great way to rejuvenate your tired body after a hot (or long) day. You don't even have to pour the smoothie into a fancy glass if you don't want. I never bother. I'm more interested in the smoothie itself than a great Instagram photo!
Tropical Smoothie -- Serves 1
1 - 1 1/2 bananas, sliced and frozen
1/2 cup of plain, fat-free yogurt (regular or Greek)
3/4 cup of pineapple juice
Put all the ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker and whir until they're combined, no banana chunks remain, and the mixture has thickened enough to stand a spoon in it. Eat and be happy!