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“If You Like Pina Coladas” Smoothie {Recipe Redux}

Summertime smoothies… what could be more refreshing than a blend of frozen fruit, your favorite “milk” and maybe some wheat germ or chia seeds?

My family and I just got back from a week at the beach. Sand castles, early morning walks, dolphin watching… it was glorious!

Now back in the grind, I am so missing the water, the languid time and the calm. So, I whipped up a taste of the beach for this month’s Recipe ReDux post. July’s theme is A Spirited ReDux.

From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?

Edisto Island, SC

Edisto Island, SC

While a taste of the beach with spirits is much more fun, I chose COCONUT EXTRACT as my spirit of choice. Don’t get me wrong… a taste-of-the-beach drink with spirits is quite enjoyable. But, I made a nutritious version my kids can enjoy alongside me as we sit on our deck and reminiscence about last week.

Thanks to the pineapple and banana, this drink is loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C. My kids love yogurt, so I used that as the protein base. And I added a little wheat germ to “up” my kids’ vitamin E intake, since we’re a tree nut-free house.

If You Like Pina Coladas Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple, diced
1 cup “milk” of your choice (I used skim milk)
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp. coconut* extract
2 tsp. wheat germ
3-4 tsp. orange juice

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with wheat germ. Add straws and fruit for garnish. Serves 2.

*Although coconut is a fruit and not a tree nut and the risks of an allergic reaction to coconut is unknown, the FDA lists coconut as a food for those with tree nut allergies to avoid. Some allergy experts say that those with tree nut allergies do not have a greater likelihood for developing a coconut allergy. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), “Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. If you are allergic to tree nuts, talk to you allergist before adding coconut to your diet.”

PLEASE SHARE: What is the spirited drink that transports you to your favorite vacation spot? I’d love to hear from you!

And, be sure to check out recipes from my fellow Reduxers below.

As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux aims to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy!

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  1. Sounds like a great staycation drink for a tropical theme!

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