Tropical Delight Smoothie

  • Servings: 4 glasses
  • Prep time: ~ 5-10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 young coconut
  • 1/2 rip pineapple
  • 1 mango
  • 4 dates
  • 1/2-1 cup of organic cherries

My daughter loves mangos and asked to change up our smoothie routine. I think she wanted a smoothie without kale. You cannot taste the kale but kids hate seeing the green color.

Thus, we created this tropical inspired drink with fresh coconut, ripe pineapple and mango and threw in some cherries and dates for a touch of sweetness. It is very light and tastes as good as it looks. Next time, I will freeze the pineapple to make it even better!

Directions

1) Open a coconut and pour all the water into the blender. Use a spoon and scrap out all the meat.

2) Peel the pineapple and add half the pineapple into the blender. Cut it into chunks.

3) Peel the mango and remove all the meat around the seed. Throw into the blender and disregard the large seed and skin.

4) Add some dates and cherries if you wish. Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

Why you want to drink this!

  • Coconut water replenishes all your electrolytes, plumps your skin to look younger, and hydrates your body.
  • Cherries are rich in potassium, anthocyanins, quercetin, and Vitamin C. Tart cherries contain melatonin and this hormone acts as a sleep aid and is easily absorbed in the body. Cherries may work as well as melatonin supplements if you drink a glass in the morning and evening. These berries also regulate blood pressure due to the potassium and quercetin antioxidant. Cherries are known to reduce gout and inflammation in the body. Studies have shown eating tart cherries for 7 days before a race can reduce muscle soreness. The anthocyanins which make the cherries a deep red color may fight and prevent cancer so enjoy the sweet juicy ones. And if you are looking to trim your waistline, eat the tart cherries because the anthocyanins may increase your metabolism and decrease fat storage.
  • Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, folic acid, and Vitamin B6, B1 and copper. Bromelain in the core of the fruit fights inflammation and improves digestion. Pineapples can give you that energy boost due to the manganese and B1 vitamin.
  • Mangos are an excellent source for Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, alpha-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin E. Studies are showing mangos may protect against colon, breast, and prostate cancers. Vitamin C removes harmful free radicals from the body, potassium reduces blood pressure, and Vitamin A improves the skin and mucus membranes.
  • Dates suppress your appetite, may help your hangovers and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Plus, they add sweetness to your drinks and desserts.

References:

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/cherry_nutrition_benefits
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=34
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/mango-fruit.html

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Recipe by Back To Organic at http://backtoorganic.com/tropical-delight-smoothie/