This Los Angeles weather really takes some getting used to. Despite the promise/threat of a Godzilla El Nino, we have in fact had 2 days of good rain, a few short periods of English drizzle, and plenty of sunshine so far this winter. Yesterday was not only sunny, but also warm. Almost summertime warm. We’re talking 73 degrees (that’s about 23 degrees celsius). These strange meteorological patterns make it very difficult to decide what to eat in the morning. Should I have comforting coconut oatmeal or a refreshing tropical smoothie? This morning, the smoothie won. This mint, lime, and ginger tropical smoothie to be precise.
This smoothie is a blend of tropical summertime flavors with immune boosting winter ingredients. It has mango, pineapple, banana, lime, and mint to give a fresh, summery taste. But lurking beneath those flavors are the immune-boosting probiotics from the kefir and the anti-inflammatory compounds from the ginger. It also contains spinach for added nutrients, and avocado for some healthy fat. You can daydream about holidays in Hawaii, while helping your body fight away the nasty winter viruses that seem to be making the rounds.
I topped my mint, lime, and ginger tropical smoothie with homemade granola, sliced banana, pistachios for crunch, and chia seeds for some added omega-3 goodness. But you could top yours with anything your heart desires.
- 1 banana
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup spinach
- 5 mint leaves
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp fresh ginger
- 1 cup kefir
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Put all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Top with granola, nuts, or fresh fruit.