In my opinion, smoothies are the best. It’s perfectly acceptable to have one for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or maybe for all three if you want to get crazy. I have one almost every day. I typically just make them as green monsters – frozen banana, almond milk, peanut butter and spinach – but sometimes I crave a little variety. Luckily smoothies are one of the most versatile categories of food and the possibilities are endless!A few weeks ago, I was contacted by COCOZIA to test out their coconut water and instantly wanted to try it out in a smoothie. I’ve heard many people at my yoga studio talk about coconut water in smoothies, so my interest was already peaked.
COCOZIA is 100% organic coconut water. For many people, like myself, coconut water is thought to be sweet. After all, that’s what all those “partial” coconut water sports drinks are, right? I was not expecting my first taste to be so strong in flavor. I was expecting sugary, coconut flavored water. However, after my taste buds adjusted I started to appreciate the natural form of coconut water. It’s hard to find organic, natural products in their original state these days.
After trying out a mango, coconut water and spinach smoothie and failing miserably, I turned to some of my favorites. Enter the Chobani.
I’ m not sure why I didn’t think to do this first, but let’s just chalk it up to a forgetful moment. One of my favorite flavor combinations is coconut and pineapple. Pina colada, anyone? ;) And this one is goooooood. I’ve recently started adding Greek yogurt to my smoothies again and I’m not sure why I ever stopped. It makes them so much creamier and definitely ups the full factor. Win, win!
And because I love all of you and want to share the pineapple-coconut goodness, here’s the recipe so you can get in on it too!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 ounces COCOZIA coconut water
- 1 TBSP coconut butter
- 2 large handfuls spinach
- 1 pineapple Chobani (6 ounces)
- Combine banana, almond milk, coconut water and coconut butter in blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add 2 large handfuls of spinach to blender and blend until smooth.
- Add Greek yogurt and blend for 15 seconds.
- Add additional toppings – granola, shredded coconut or raw oats would be great!
This is a hydrating, refreshing drink that is great after long, sweaty workouts such as hot yoga or long runs. Coconut water is one of the best sources of electrolytes, and it’s crucial to refuel and keep hydrated after tough workouts. You could even add in some protein powder to make this a substantial meal. Maybe that’s next!