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Up and At Them Fruit Smoothie

Up and At Them Fruit Smoothie

A breakfast drink to get your day started or a healthy afternoon snack made with strawberries, bananas, and yogurt.MORE+LESS-

Updated September 18, 2017

1

cup pineapple juice (apple juice can be substituted)

1

container (6 oz) Yoplait® Light Yogurt Very Vanilla

1/2

cup strawberries, hulled

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    Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away.

Expert Tips

  • *If strawberries aren't in season, use frozen strawberries instead of a frozen banana.

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More About This Recipe

  • Not a morning person? Me either. But this easy fruit smoothie recipe will jump start your day!Not all of us are morning people. Ahem. I especially take a little extra time to get going in the morning. So by the time I’m actually dressed and ready to go, breakfast is more of an afterthought as I’m trying to rush out the door.I’ve never been big on breakfast, probably because I’m not a morning person. Smoothies are the way to go for me - brainless, fast, and portable. They are perfect for sipping in my car while driving my kids to school.These Up and at ‘em Fruit Smoothies have fresh fruit and yogurt blended together for a healthy morning breakfast or even a mid-afternoon snack.Is it possible that not being a breakfast person is genetic? I have two kids that love eating a hearty breakfast of pancakes and eggs and then another who I practically have to force to eat a mere slice of apple on the way out the door. I was worried about his “brain power” at school since he would hardly eat anything before leaving the house each morning.This smoothie was the solution! It was an easy way for him to quickly drink some servings of fruit and healthy yogurt. Oh and even better, it actually tastes good so I don’t have to bribe him to drink it.Year-round goodnessSure, strawberries are in season now but not for long. You can still enjoy this smoothie year ‘round by simply using frozen strawberries instead of fresh.

Smoothie Bowls

It’s Saturday Night and I’m doing some late night blogging — why?! Because firstly smoothie bowls and also writers block earlier today! And we roll with the writing and it decided to happen post workout and a handful of almonds! Let’s just chalk this up to Liz being Liz!

And now onto smoothie bowls! Can we please talk about how stupidly pretty these are for a minute?! I mean just looking at them makes me feel like I’m eating the most expensive treat ever. When in reality it’s super cheap and easy to make. Which means this is keeping in line with this years theme of food that feels/looks special but easy and cheap to make.

Let’s be real for a minute though – these are made of fruit, they’ve got natural fruit sugars in them. So if you’re trying to stay low on the sugar scale or you’re super sensitive to sugar be mindful of how often and what time of day you’re eating these! I can’t eat these for breakfast because my body doesn’t like a sugar hit as my first meal. But as a snack or a light lunch these are perfect and they scale ridiciously well!

Notes for the ever so pretty smoothie bowl:

  • I topped mine with extra banana, chia seeds and flaked coconut but honestly you don’t have to add toppings. Or you can just add one of whatever your favorite topping might be.
  • Use whatever frozen fruit that blends well together flavor wise that you have on hand if you don’t want to buy special! Just make sure it’s frozen so you get that smoothie vibe! I will note though that frozen banana helps give it the right consistency so you might want to generally include it in your smoothie bowl!
  • I personally used pre-bought frozen strawberries and mangos. It’s super inexpensive at my local grocery store and totally clean ! For the banana though I bought fresh ones so we could have them for the week and just chopped and froze a few portions of them myself to use for smoothie bowls!
  • I used water to thin this out but you can totally use any kind of milk you want or even juice if you’re feeling a little sassy. But I warn you – I tried these with a splash of orange juice and it started to get a bit too sweet for our liking!
  • The recipe makes a lot. As in for the two of us it was kind of too much! But you can save the leftovers! Either freeze them to make more of an “ice cream” or store in the fridge until tomorrow!

AND I’m working on an extra special valentines day something with this smoothie bowl so keep your eyes peeled on the blog on Monday for it!


Ingredients

  • Serving Size: 1 (175.1 g)
  • Calories 80.2
  • Total Fat - 0.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 13 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.7 g
  • Sugars - 12.7 g
  • Protein - 1.8 g
  • Calcium - 53.1 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 93.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Starting with the tea, put all the ingredients into the blender.

Step 2

Mix until the desired consistency.

Step 3

Feel free to add some liquid if it's too thick for you (Anything really. More tea or water.).


Add everything to your blender in the order that it appears above, and blend blend blend! I love drinking it out of a big ol’ mason jar with a glass straw.

This smoothie tastes amazing (I can really only taste the banana, mango and ginger!), but each of these ingredients has a VERY specific purpose. My husband even loved it, and had no idea how amazing it is for him! Here’s a little rundown on all these good-for-you ingredients:

Lemon

You’ve probably heard that drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is great for you, but have you ever asked why? There are so many reasons, but the main one is that it’s detoxifying! The citric acid found in lemon water has been shown to protect liver function and prevent oxidative damage, and help the liver’s natural ability to detoxify the body. It will also help you from getting sick – the high amounts of vitamin C, potassium and folate will boost your immune system and keep your body healthy. A big bonus is that vitamin C also happen to be great for your skin: it helps you fight free radical damage and helps your body to product collagen, which is essential for smoothing out fine lines in your face.

Flaxseeds are one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There have been tons of scientific studies on flaxseed that prove these little tiny seeds can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and enlarged prostates in men. I like to buy flaxseed meal because the seeds are ground up sometimes if you eat them whole, they can pass right through your system and you won’t get any of the benefits! Flaxseeds contain Omega-3 essential fatty acids, fiber and they contain 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

Turmeric

You will not taste any of the turmeric in this smoothie, but you will benefit from it’s wide-ranging health benefits! Turmeric has been touted for its anti-inflammatory benefits, decreased cancer risk and support of detoxification, but scientists recently discovered that turmeric can also improve cognitive function, help improve memory and delay the onset of dementia. It can even lessen arthritis! Just a little bit goes a long way – you only need a small amount to get the health benefits.

Spinach and/or Kale

I aim to get greens with every single meal, and this is a great way to get them in at breakfast! I’ve tried this smoothie with both spinach and kale, and they both taste great. Dark leafy greens help protect bones from osteoporosis and prevent against inflammatory diseases. Surprisingly, spinach and kale are also both high in protein!

Celery

Celery juicing is a huge health craze right now, touted for it’s abilities to reduce bloat and even clear acne. So why not add it to your daily smoothie? Celery can lower inflammation, reduce high cholesterol, prevent liver disease, and much more. I recommend checking out this Instagram account for more info on celery juicing!

If you own a Vitamix, I’d love to hear your favorite recipes! Leave me a comment or feel free to email me! xoxo


Classy Coconut

Last up that I must highlight before I let you get to your smoothie is the classy coconut fruit. During summer it is so important that we stay hydrated. Coconut is such a game-changer to the world of hydrations. If we are not adequately hydrated, our bodies struggle to balance fluid levels. Thankfully coconut offers loads of potassium, which is a powerful electrolyte that can keep our fluid levels in check. Coconut itself is also hydrating. So it basically offers a two for one kind of deal!

If you have been following my recipes for a while you will notice I use coconut quite often. With so many variations of coconut ingredients on the market, we are lucky to have it reaily available. Coconut water is delicious to enjoy straight, though for some it might be an acquired taste. You can always try blending it with some of your other favorite fruits to change it up. The important thing is that you get it in, some fashion or form.

Other ways to get in some coconut is with coconut oil, coconut milk, or even coconut shreds. These are a little higher in healthy fats, but that should not be of concern. The truth is, people who have been consuming coconuts for centuries have very little cardiovascular disease. Studies show that coconut oil, in particular, doesn’t adversely affect cholesterol levels. Rather it destroys both the bacteria and viruses associated with plaque build-up and heart issues. So don’t be scared of it as harmful to your health. Coconut is really more like the tree of life!

Now that you’ve read all the reasons why I love the ingredients in today’s Strawberry Lime Coconut Smoothie recipe I’ll let you get to it and try it for yourself.

Don’t forget to sing the little jingle while you are at it. I think it makes it taste that much better :) Please also tag me in your Instagram posts and pin this recipe to your Pinterest board. The more we share healthy recipes with one another, the better we all are off.