This smoothie isn't so much a smoothie, as much as it is an imaginary ticket to paradise. This drink provides a ridiculous amount of flavor. It is too ono (good!) I swear, it can be stormy and grey here, or I can be overworked and overwhelmed, and when I drink this baby I am instantly relaxed. The kind of relaxed you feel when you're lounging in a hammock on a white sand beach. That relaxed.
Pineapple is the main ingredient in this smoothie. One cup of fresh pineapple contains 130% of your daily recommended Vitamin C needs. Pineapples are also the only known source of an enzyme known as bromelian. This enzyme has been shown effective in reducing and alleviating joint pain, muscle stiffness and arthritis. More so, it has also been shown to reduce inflammation, shorten recovery time following surgery as well as inhibit the growth of tumors in our bodies. To keep you hydrated and refreshed this summer, I have also included fresh coconut water in this exotic drink. Coconut water is naturally fat and cholesterol free. The water from coconuts contains more potassium than four large bananas, and hydrates just about every cell in our bodies. So hydrating in fact, that according to Dr. Campbell-Flack, medical resources routinely use the water from coconuts for intravenous hydration as well as resuscitation of critically ill patients. Hook me up to one of those IVs puh-lease! This beverage contains natural electrolytes, so it replenishes us after a sweaty gym mesh (or sweaty beach sesh if you're me!)
(SERVES TWO! OR WHATEVER)
1 PURE GOLD OR GOLD CROWN PINEAPPLE (PEELED ENTIRELY AND DE-CORED)
2 CUPS RAW COCONUT WATER
4 FROZEN BANANAS (PEELED AND FROZEN OVERNIGHT)
1-2 INCHES OF FRESH VANILLA BEAN
1 TABLESPOON RAW MACA POWDER
5 ICE CUBES
(OPTIONAL: 2 LOOSELY PACKED CUPS OF FRESH OR FROZEN SPINACH)
PLACE ALL INGREDIENTS IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER AND BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH. SERVE WITH TWO reusable straws, SOME COLORFUL PAPER UMBRELLAS AND A SPLASH OF LIME JUICE IF DESIRED. ENJOY!