I try my best to make healthy recipes that my pickier siblings will actually eat. Contrary to what they believe, they cannot actually live on chocolate chip cookies. Of course, no one wants to be the bad guy and explain this to them. For me the easiest way to deal with this problem is to show them that healthy foods don’t have to be bland and boring. Sometimes you have to get creative though, because there is no way that they would drink a “Healthy Avocado Coconut Smoothie”. Shakespeare had it right about names. If I presented it like that I would get “I am not drinking THAT!” OR “EWW!”. This of course would end in a pointless argument and a wasted smoothie, but if I make it a “Tropical Rainforest Green Smoothie” then it becomes fun and exciting. This wins me responses like “This is the best smoothie EVER!” or “There is more, right?” Amazing what a few little words can do. Smoothies are already so easy to make and this superfood smoothie only has 5 ingredients. It is also unintentionally vegan so more people can enjoy it. Even better. I used a mix of regular kiwis and a variety of kiwi that may be unfamiliar called Golden or SunGold Kiwifruit. You can find them in the produce department of many grocery stores during certain parts of the year. They are sweeter and less tart than your regular kiwi and they don’t have the fuzzy exterior that green kiwis are known for. They are also much softer and more delicate on the inside than green kiwis.
You can just use all green kiwis if the golden variety is not available. Because the gold ones are sweeter, you may need to add a little sweetener if you use only green. You can almost hear the sounds of the rainforest when you drink this.
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 16oz or 450g can pineapple chunks (about 2 cups), undrained
- 2 medium bananas
- 5 - 6 kiwis, washed and peeled
- 1 medium avacado
- a few tablespoons sugar or honey, optional (I did not need to add any)
- Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until very smooth. Serve immediately.
Smoothies are so adaptable. Try adding orange juice or mangos. Use whatever fruit you have on hand.