After one of the coolest Octobers in decades, the month of November has started off feeling much different in Edmonton. Mother nature is giving us an atmospheric gift with a warming trend and highs in the 16 to 18 degrees Celsius range through the weekend. Unbelievable!
We are so lucky to be experiencing this mild weather so late in the season. It's giving us a taste of summer again and reminded me of this delicious pina colada smoothie I made in August while lounging outside on our deck enjoying the sun. I call it the Sunshine in a Glass Pina Colada Smoothie.
Now, don't think of pina colada smoothies as only a summertime drink! Why not appreciate a smoothie that tastes like a tropical beach vacation any time of the year? This recipe is definitely a great on-the-go breakfast for a yummy summer morning. But, if you are tired of snow and want a taste of summer, its great for that too! So, why not?
Not only is this smoothie giving you a taste of the tropics, it's also good for you! Pineapples are rich in enzymes, which is great for your digestive system. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C. The smoothie is high in fiber and vitamins and I've thrown in an immune-boosting superfood with turmeric in the mix. I also included hemp hearts which are a complete protein and source of essential fatty acids to help boost energy.
I can't think of anything I'd rather be drinking this morning and it has been so long since I've been on a beach. My taste buds have been transported to a tropical island without having to pack my bags or book a ticket. It's like an instant vacation. I only wish that I was drinking it here.
This photo was taken in 2004 in Cuba. It's one of the first trips hubby and I took together. We ventured out on a catamaran excursion to Cayo Blanco which is an island in Matanzas. The sand on this beach was like baby powder, the water was aquamarine and we could walk out a long way as it was only to our knees. Sigh!
Every time I taste the flavour of pina colada, I'm transported to Cuba because of this cool little rest stop we visited on the road to Varadero called Bacunayagua that looks out onto the tallest bridge in Cuba.
Now the island of Cuba is known for many cocktails, from the Mojito to the Daiquiri, but not the Pina Colada. But this rest stop with a small little outlet bar only served one thing: freshly-made pina coladas.
They were seriously the most authentic, natural cocktails hubby and I ever had! They were made with fresh coconut water and coconut milk from fresh-plucked coconuts and tasty crushed pineapple. These pina coladas were said to be the best in Cuba...and maybe even the Caribbean and it was hard to imagine otherwise. They were delicious!
The Sunshine in a Glass Pina Colada smoothie recipe I am sharing with you is tasty and comes pretty close. So, if you like pina coladas and when you need a break from reality, give it a try! I wonder which tropical island it will transport you to?
Have a bright sunshiny day, my peeps!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1⁄2 cup coconut water
- 1⁄2 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1⁄2 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tbs shredded coconut
- 1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tbs hemp hearts
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Make it Like So
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Top with cinnamon or shredded coconut flakes.