It’s smoothie season! Last week I mentioned the dog days of summer and the silver lining that comes with them: perfectly ripe produce.
Somewhere over the years I transitioned from a deep ice cream addiction to smoothies and I’ve never looked back. Everything about fresh fruit, milkshake-level creaminess, and icy cold refreshment 100% satisfies that craving.
But on those hot summer days, smoothies are my guilt free simple pleasure. This tropical smoothie can take me right out of the office or the carpool line to the beach. It’s magic.
No Added Sugar Summer Smoothies
My dear friend Tess, The Blender Girl, whips up some of the best smoothies ever, with a focus on balanced nutrition, delicious flavor and simple recipes. This is one of my favorites, filled with the most refreshing tropical fruits. The creamy coconut milk blended with orange, papaya, mango, banana and lime transplants me right to the sound of waves, salty breeze, and warm sun on my skin.
And in real life, I’m nourishing my body with some majorly healthy nutrition. Not every smoothie has to be green to provide benefits (though I do adore THIS green smoothie).
Papaya is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids. With the added benefit of no added sugar, I can really enjoy the flavors of the fruit and reap the most benefits from their vitamins and nutrients. Oranges and lime also add a boost of vitamin C, and mango is chock-full of cancer fighting nutrients.
Best Tropical Smoothie Recipe
Here’s the easiest, most delicious no-sugar-added tropical smoothie recipe!
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- 1 cup can full-fat canned coconut milk
- 2 medium oranges, peeled and halved
- 2 cups papaya
- 1 medium banana
- 2 cups frozen mango
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Add all ingredients to blender pitcher and blast on high for 60 seconds.