Lately, I have gotten really into smoothies and juices. Not in a juice-fasting or cleansing sort of way, but in a supplementing all the water I drink way. It’s nice to have something other than coffee and water once in awhile, and juices and smoothies are much better for you than soda. Plus they taste good — I love all the fruit mixes.
Of course, buying the premade ones at the store adds up fast, especially when your kids discover how delicious they are and want some too. Yea. That happened. The premades come with a hearty price tag that just makes them impractical for frequent purchasing. Making them at home? It’s way better — less expensive and you can totally control what flavors go into them. It’s nice to have that control sometimes.
For my Chilled Tropical Smoothie, I set out to make a smoothie with the flavors of the islands that’s refreshing and satisfying. Score.
This smoothie has ice, but isn’t icy. Instead, once blended it’s a smooth, ultra-chilled drink that is so refreshing and delicious you’ll want more. And more. The combination of pineapple, mango and coconut milk is just amazing … and it’s lactose-free with the new Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt. Kind of awesome, especially if you need to avoid lactose (I don’t, but I know plenty of people who do).
What’s your favorite variety of smoothie?
- 1 6- oz cup Yoplait Lactose Free French Vanilla Yogurt
- 1/4 cup pineapple chunks, (fresh)
- 1/4 cup mango chunks, (fresh)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup ice
- Combine the yogurt, pineapple, mango and coconut milk and puree until smooth. Add the ice and blend to smooth again.
- Enjoy immediately.
Disclosure: This recipe was created for Yoplait. I was compensated for its development, but not for posting it on my blog. That was my choice.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.