Tropical Orange, Mango and Peach Smoothie

This smoothie is going to make you feel like you’re on a tropical island.

The fruit are loaded with vitamins A and C while the yogurt provides an instant source of protein.

Drink your fruit

Drink your fruit

Servings: 2 (12 ounces each)

Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 2 peach halves
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1-2 tbsps shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup white grape juice (or more almond milk)
  • 6 ice cubes

Directions

  1. In a blender, purée all the ingredients except the ice cubes.
  2. Add the ice cubes and blend until smooth.

Tips

  • I used Trader Joe’s yellow cling peach halves in white grape juice, but you can also use other brands or a fresh peach
  • If you use fresh mango in place of frozen, you may need to add ice cubes to thicken the smoothie
  • Add ice last so you don’t over-blend, leaving you with a watery drink
  • I’ve successfully added protein powder to this recipe

Can you tell I like to frequent Trader Joe’s? 🙂

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Baked Fruit & Berry Oatmeal

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast that’s not just tasty and healthy, but also subs for dessert? Look no further!

Delicious breakfast, topped with Greek yogurt!

Filled with fiber rich foods – including bananas, apples, berries, and nuts – baked fruit and berry oatmeal has become my favorite way to greet the day.

I stumbled on a baked oatmeal recipe awhile back, and have been tweaking it ever since.

The original recipe used butter and refined sugar, which I’ve replaced with applesauce, bananas, and honey. You can make the oatmeal dairy- or gluten-free by making some easy substitutions like using almond milk or gluten-free rolled oats.

Need more reasons to love this recipe? Bananas provide one of the highest sources of naturally available vitamin B6. Berries, often described as “super foods,” are sweet, delicious, and happen to be packed with disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants.

I like to whip up my oatmeal over the weekend, and instantly have breakfast for the next few days by simply reheating it in the microwave and topping it with yogurt or honey.

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You can find the recipe here on my friend Karen’s blog The Tasty Bite, where I posted it as a guest blogger.

Tips:

  • Although I prefer using fresh in-season berries, frozen berries also work well in this recipe.
  • Make sure to use ripe bananas. They taste sweeter due to their higher sugar concentrations. Greener, less ripe bananas contain higher levels of starch, which gives them a “starchier” taste.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think!