Hydrating raspberry coconut mango smoothies are perfect for a nourishing, high protein, hydrating meal or snack. ~raspberries, coconut water, coconut, mango, chia seeds~
A thing about me and smoothies: I kinda sorta go in spurts with them. Like, I'll have them all the time for a couple weeks, and then I'll forget about them for months. And then I'll finally remember how awesome they are, and on goes the cycle.
Truth be told, though, smoothies truly are a perfect breakfast choice, because you can get so many nutrients into one glass. Not to mention sometimes they taste like ice cream (am I kidding myself here? Don't tell me and leave me to my ignorance). So I really should try to balance it out more... maybe have a couple smoothies a week instead of 10 smoothies in a few days and then zero for six months? Sounds reasonable. I vow to commence my improved smoothie-drinking habits with one of these hydrating raspberry coconut mango smoothies.
So, more on that whole 'getting a lot of nutrients into one glass' thing...
You could easily just blend up a whole bunch of fruit and milk or juice, and you'd still be getting some micronutrients and fiber from the fruit. Not to mention it probably wouldn't taste half bad.
But I've gotta be honest... that seems too much like a glass of juice to me. I prefer heartier smoothies. Thick consistency, carbs/fiber, protein, healthy fats, and all of the micronutrients that come with it -- something that's really going to fill me up.
Which is why these hydrating raspberry coconut mango smoothies are where it's AT.
Here's the ingredient breakdown:
- Coconut water. Here's where the 'hydrating' part comes in. Coconut water contains naturally occurring electrolytes like potassium, which helps hydrate and reenergize your body.
- Raspberries & mangoes. Frozen, of course! Frozen fruit is the best way to go for smoothies because it keeps things cold and creates a thick, creamy texture.
- Plain Greek yogurt. Nonfat, 2%, or whole milk -- it's totally up to you. This is an excellent natural protein source with the added benefit of probiotics (healthy gut bacteria, yo!).
- Coconut & chia seeds. Healthy fats, coconut flavor, and texture. Don't forget to sprinkle more on top 🙂
And you can always toss some ice in there too to keep it cold. I like to keep it around 2-3 ice cubes, because otherwise it gets a little too much like a snow cone.
On other news, I just went to visit my little bro in Austin, TX, and it was awesome. I definitely didn't have enough time there to see everything I wanted to see, but since I have family there now, I'll be going down frequently. (The most important thing was seeing my brother, anyway :)).
I got to go on a hike and spend some time exploring the downtown area with my family, and I also got to meet my brother's adorable yellow lab puppy, Finley, who is also a total handful and going through his sassy puppy stage right now. Oh, and we of course went out for barbecue. Let's just say... if someone told me I had to eat Texas barbecue for the rest of my life, I wouldn't be sad. I would be very, very okay with it. Which maybe means... more BBQ recipes coming your way? I do get a little crazy when inspired.
Anyway, it was a spectacular little trip, and easy to do in a long weekend (about four days total). Next year, my older brother and I want to visit our little bro and go to South by Southwest. Anybody ever been? Do you recommend it?? I hear great things.
My flight back, though? WOOF. It was less than smooth travels. I mean, it could have totally been worse. I could have had to sleep in an airport. Yeesh.
Even so, I had a long travel delay because my second flight was stopped on the runway to service the plane's engine. We were already boarded and everything, but we sat in the plane for a really long time before they decided to unleash us into the O'Hare-port (new favorite vocab word, courtesy of my dear friend, Missy) until further notice.
Huh. Stuck at O'Hare indefinitely... surprise? Nope.
It's all good, though. A couple hours later we were able to re-board the plane and fly to Madison. I did also get fined at the Dane County Regional Airport for leaving my vehicle unattended while I went inside for FIVE minutes to get my luggage. Five minutes! Okay... so maybe it was more like eight because I had to retrieve it at the airline desk, BUT STILL. There were like three cars out there picking people up, including my own, so I wasn't creating a hazard or blocking anyone's way. I knew it was a risk going into it, though. Should've just patiently waited for my luggage and walked through sleet to my car. Done goofed on that one.
Buuuut, then again, what can you do? You have to expect such snafus during travel. It's all part of the fun.
Now I'm just back in Wisconsin, whippin' up raspberry coconut mango smoothies, dreaming about spring and summer.
Just pretend there's not snow in April with me and make a couple of these, 'kay?
Hydrating Raspberry Coconut Mango Smoothies
A hydrating, high protein smoothie recipe with raspberries, mango, coconut, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and coconut water. Perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack!
- Prep Time: 5
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Smoothies
- Method: Blender
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ cups frozen raspberries
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- a couple ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Divide into two glasses.
- Optional: Add extra coconut flakes, chia seeds, and/or fruit as toppings.