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Since moving to Colorado, one of the healthiest states in the USA, my eating habits, err, sugar cravings, have been magnified. Over the winter I started to make simple changes to my diet such as reaching for a piece of fruit instead of chocolate when the cravings come in tough (...you know, ladies...). It's too bad Mother Nature can't bring some fresh baked cookies with her when she visits. Wouldn't that be nice?
Lately, I've found that I'm naturally looking for lighter treats instead of heavy baked goods so I've been juicing and making lots of smoothies, particularly this pineapple raspberry banana smoothie. Who doesn't love a tropical drink served in a pineapple?
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice
Cut the top off of the pineapple. Using a knife, cut a circle into the pineapple and spoon the pineapple out of the rind creating a cup. This would be much easier if you have a pineapple corer rather than using a knife!
Place all of the ingredients in a blender. I started with the ice crusher mode to break up the ice and pineapple then went into smoothie mode on my blender.
Once blended to your likeness, pour into the pineapple cup, garnish to your liking with funky straws, mini umbrellas, or slices of fruit! Enjoy!
I find that the banana helps alleviate cramps, while the other fruits help with bloat. I use almond milk instead of real milk because of an intolerance and find that I'm less bloated when I stay away from dairy. It's a delicious light drink that's pretty stylish, too.
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Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes for the summer?