Woohoo, hallelujah spring has finally arrived in Minnesota! I can see green grass under the snow drifts in my back yard. Folks around here can’t recall a winter with so much snow since the 70’s. It is melting now. There are threats of flooding but this too shall pass.
What does this have to do with a pina colada smoothie you might ask? Spring is here so I am celebrating this in my vintage kitchen by creating a smoothie that reminds me of the tropics and the warmer weather to come. Before long my tulips and daffodils will be blooming. I purchased the vintage small milk jugs at my local antique store here for only $2 each. Now that is a bargain!
This smoothie contains only four ingredients so you can whip this up in no time in your blender or magic bullet. It serves as a quick breakfast in the morning, a delicious snack or dessert and it is very nutritious so there is no guilt involved.
This smoothie deserves superstar status due to its high protein content, low calorie content, and it also provides 29% of the recommended daily value (RDV) for Vitamin C, 8% of the RDV for calcium and is an excellent source of potassium. As you may be aware protein is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body and manufacturing hormones and enzymes. It is also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage and blood. Protein also has a very filling effect so that you are satisfied after you have consumed it in a meal or a snack. Vitamin C promotes healing and is beneficial for our immune system. Calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Potassium plays a role in maintaining fluid balance in the body as well as keeping our brains, nerves, heart and muscles functioning normally on a constant basis. Occasionally, a physician may recommend that a person limit potassium if they have kidney failure so always discuss your food intake with your personal physician, health care provider or dietitian if you have concerns about your food intake.
- 5.29 oz container of Dannon Lite Toasted Coconut flavor Greek yogurt
- 1 cup crushed pineapple, juice packed, undrained
- 1 medium banana, frozen
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Place all of the ingredients in your blender or magic bullet. Blend until all ingredients are combined well. Serve immediately.
This food blog is not intended to provide medical or nutritional advice. Please contact your own health care provider for medical and nutritional advice.
Happy Spring to all my readers and may God bless you in every area of your life!