My love for smoothies started back in high school when two friends and I started a lunch time smoothie business on the floor of our “cafeteria.” By “cafeteria” I mean a multipurpose room where they set up tables- unlike a public school that has an actual designated room just for eating. Our small private high school had gym, play practice, lunch, banquets, and chapel all in one room! We called our business, “Yea, We’ve Got Smoothies” and we sat on the floor with a cooler and blender and blended our hearts out and sold our tasty beverages for 5 bucks. We made quite a bit of money before we got shut down by the headmaster. But when your mom buys all the fruit and juice and you just take it from your house, it’s easy to come out ahead.
Now that I’m old, my smoothie love continues. Everyday when Maya wakes up from her nap, which never seems to be quite long enough, we have a routine of watching Curious George, making smoothies, and reading books. It’s the only time she actually cuddles with me and one of the only times that her and I get time together without the baby awake. Maya is obsessed with fruit and smoothies are a good way to get a whole bunch of fruit servings at once. Sometimes I throw in a handful of spinach to my smoothie concoctions and she never tastes the difference. Thanks to my Vitamix, my previous despise for cleaning out the blender has been replaced with the joy of turning on the clean cycle and watching the Vitamix do the work for me. This tropical smoothie is great for these chilly and cloudy fall days when you want to be reminded of a warm, sunny place. For me, I’m reminded of my time in Nicaragua when I would sit in the pool, drink a fresh fruit smoothie (virgin of course), read, and sunbathe every afternoon while Maya would nap. That’s sounds pretty good right about now.
12 oz. Dole pine orange banana juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder (I buy protein powder from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. There is a scooper inside the container.)
1/2 cup frozen mangos
1/2 cup tropical fruit blend frozen fruit (Dole makes this combo and its fantastic-pineapple, sliced strawberries, banana, mango and red papaya are all in one bag.)
1 whole lime, skin trimmed off (The Vitamix completely grinds up a whole lime. If you have a less powerful blender, just use the juice of one lime.)
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately. Makes 3 cups.