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Tropical Mint Smoothie

During the warmer months, I find that a smoothie is an excellent way to get some nourishment in me soon after waking because I often don’t want to sit down to a bowl of or take the time to make . I want to get up and get going. Plus, smoothies are great vehicles for packing a lot of nutrition into a quick, travel-friendly meal.

This is the smoothie I’ve been making for about a week now, tweaking it here and there. Today’s combination has been my favorite so far. The “measurements” are for one person, for one tall glass of delicious pick me up. If you like your smoothie thick, add less liquid. Think of this as a jumping off point.

Tropical Mint Smoothie

about ⅓ cup coconut water
about ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 frozen banana
1 kiwi, ends sliced off (do not remove skin!)
about ¼ cup milk of choice (I used fortified vanilla rice milk)
a few fresh mint leaves

optional additions:
4 teaspoons protein powder ( )
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Put the liquid, then the fruit in a blender. Blend until smooth, then add protein powder or seeds and blend. If the mixture seems too thick, add more liquid as desired.

Drink! Enjoy! Get things done!

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