Hi lovelies! Have you heard of the phrase “Don’t go shopping when you are hungry”?! Well I did just that today! But I think it is a good thing when you are vegan because you do make especially healthy choices, most of the time. I stocked up on mostly fruits and vegetables and boy does my kitchen look beautiful! I love when I am fully stocked up because it allows me to be more creative. I am able to see everything on the counter and one piece of fruit catches my eye and then I think, what can I mix this with? And then voila! A new recipe is born. After a few trial runs of course, but it is a completely organic process. Usually, this is how I come up with many of my recipes. The smoothie recipe I have today is creamy and refreshing. Spring is in full bloom which means many of the fruits that went missing all winter are back, like pineapple! And pineapple is the lucky fruit that caught my eye this time 😉
Winter was rough this year, for everyone across the U.S., except for Cali right? They had a dry winter which is not the best either but still better than the Midwest. A girl can dream… but I do have a plan to move there within a year or two. Fingers crossed! I am not meant to live in this cold climate anymore. Anyone else want to move to a warmer climate? Now that spring is here its time to get outside in the sun, enjoy the warmer weather, take long walks/runs and eat all the fruit your little heart desires. Pineapples are perfect for a vitamin C boost which my body is craving right now and they are also high in manganese. I added dark sweet cherries to this smoothie too! Talk about tart and sweet. But the combination of pineapple with cherries brings me back to childhood. Remember those orange creamy Dreamsicles in the popsicle section? Well this smoothie tastes just like a Dreamsicle. Without the added sugars, sweeteners and whatever else they throw in. This is nature’s pure sweetness here. It doesn’t get better than that! I added more coconut on top along with Gogi berries, the amazing superfruit. Did you know they are packed with not only protein but essential amino acids, over 20 trace minerals and Vitamin A?! I am so happy I finally gave in and bought them. You can find them at Whole Foods. I like the Navitas Naturals brand because they are certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, raw and non-GMO. You can read more about them here.
- 1 whole small pineapple
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1-1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (depending on your consistency preference)
- 1 cup ice
- Cut pineapple into small chunks and add to blender.
- Add cherries, shredded coconut, almond milk, ice and blend thoroughly.
- Optional add-ons: Coconut, Gogi Berries, Fruit, Granola, Hemp Seeds