A few months back, the kind and generous folks at Nutiva provided me with some product to experiment with. I’ve played around with the hemp protein powder, coconut oil, red palm oil, chia seeds, and one of my favorite finds is the Coconut Manna.
I’ve used the goodies in all types of recipes but as the warmer months come rolling in, I’m back to quick and nutritious smoothies to start my day. I love that you can pack a ton of nutritional power into such a quick way to consume, and since I’m often on the run, it makes so much easier to have a healthy start to my day.
So, this super refreshing Tropical Fruit Smoothie combines fresh fruits, a couple veggies (which you’d never know were in there in case you need to hide them from picky eaters) and the super nutritious coconut manna. I only use honey to sweeten as there is already enough natural sugar in the fruit, you don’t need much. You get some protein from the Almond milk for a well balanced beverage, or drinkable meal.
This smoothie reminds me a lot of the Orange Julius I used to drink as a kid, flavor-wise only of course. I’m sure the ingredients in a Julius aren’t nearly as nutritious, and I honestly don’t even know what goes into one. I know I used to love them as a kid tho, and they flavor is still as enticing to me. It’s a little creamy, a little citrusy, a lot scrumptious.
You can use your favorite honey but I always go for raw and local. If you can’t get local, at least make sure it is raw, that’s how you get the benefits from honey. If it is heated and processed it cooks off all the good stuff. My FAVORITE honey is Tupelo honey. It is just divine. Not to sweet, light and aromatic. I stock up on it when I can from the local green markets. Orange blossom and wildflower are good too. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market and hunt for the honey vendor, they almost always give samples. I urge you to buy from vendors like that over a big retail or supermarket. It helps the community and it’ll be better for you. Win, win.
If you want to make the recipe vegan, just leave out the honey, it’ll still be super tasty!
- 1 Medium Golden Beet (peeled)
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Cup Pineapple Cubed (frozen or fresh)
- 3/4 Cup Mango (frozen or fresh)
- 1 Large Banana
- 1 Tablespoon Nutiva Coconut Manna
- 1 Cup Orange Juice (I use extra pulp)
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- If using a Vitamix, cut the beet in half, if using another type of blender cut into smallish pieces. Same for the carrots. Add the peeled banana, mango and pineapple to the blender. Scoop in Nutiva Coconut Manna, pour in the oj and almond milk, then add the honey. Blend until super smooth, and enjoy.
- I don't peel the carrots, I just make sure they are washed and clean. You can if you prefer, but I find they hold on to less dirt than beets.
- You can add a handful of ice if you use fresh fruit.
Coconut Manna is everything you want from a coconut without having to dig the meat out yourself. It is creamy, smooth, rich in coconut flavor, and conveniently housed. It’s a lot easier to get into a jar of Nutiva Coconut Manna than into a coconut.
And course one, of my favorite things about Nutiva is that their products are organic and non-GMO.
More about the manna from Nutiva’s website,
An incredibly tasty, whole superfood made of pure, dried coconut flesh; you can enjoy it straight from the jar, or warm it up to spread the goodness! This tropical melt-in-your-mouth treat contains fiber, protein and nourishing fats.
An ideal “everything” spread that can replace cream, cream cheese and butter, you can also use it in smoothies, sauces, dressings, desserts and baked goods.
If you are making your smoothie in a Vitamix, and have the settings, turn it to the snowflake setting.
I’m in LOVE with my Vitamix, it is so handy. I was on the fence about buying it for a while as I tried to figure out a way to justify the expense. I finally bit the bullet and bought the bad boy. And, I’m so glad I did! It makes the smoothest smoothies, ever. It obliterates seeds from berries that can get stuck in your teeth (which for me makes the beverage slightly less enjoyable).
What ingredients do you like to use in your smoothies?
**I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive free products from Nutiva to use. All opinions are my own**