I’m sure people in Wisconsin will view this as a comedic performance, but it’s cold here in the South. (Michigan residents are also laughing now, I’m sure) Anything below 40 degrees may as well be Arctic in my little corner of the world and I’m missing hot, muggy summer days where smoothies made of frozen pineapple are a must every night. So, about 10 minutes before typing this, I was sitting in front of a fireplace, with my feet on the hearth, drinking a Pina Colada Smoothie and dreaming about St. Martin, or Barbados. You can pick whichever works for you. My dream place had sandy beaches, sunny climates and warm, aqua colored water. And this:
I use fresh, frozen pineapple, but you can use pre-bagged and it works just fine. Since we don’t cut our fresh pineapple in pretty little squares, use at least 1 1/2 cups if you’re using pre-bagged frozen pineapple. We usually use 10 medium sized pieces from a fresh one. Add 1/2 banana, 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of coconut milk and mix until well blended. I don’t use any ice because the frozen pineapple and chia seeds make this nice and thick. (Did you know chia seeds turn into a gooey substance when they’re added to water or milk?!” Top it off with some shredded unsweetened coconut and it’s a keeper!