Friday, January 31, 2014

In Which Jenn Makes a Tropical Green Smoothie

We interrupt this regularly scheduled trip report to bring you a smoothie recipe, because 1) I thought you might enjoy the break given the acres and acres of ground we still have to cover and 2) OH MY GOD GUYS YOGURT.

First, I should point out that in no way to Chobani pay, bribe, coerce, or employ shady business practices so that I would write this post. I am just this genuinely excited to discover that they make a coconut yogurt flavor and it is AWESOME. So awesome, in fact, that after spooning up my first happy cup I immediately set my mind to new ways to consume it. Smoothie? No brainer!

Indeed, this could not be simpler; I'm almost guilty over the notion that I provide this as my own invention. I'm sure you could've thought of it yourself, no problem - but sometimes the brain needs a little nudge to get going, no?

If you can't find the coconut flavor or prefer a pure mango taste, feel free to use vanilla or even plain yogurt instead, but I really liked the coconut in this recipe. It gave it a subtle richness with the coconut flavor at the back of the mouth, if that makes any sense. My point is: try it! (Unless you don't like coconut, you whackadoodle; see "Other potential substitutions" below.)

TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen mango (or fresh mango + ice)
1 single-serve container of Chobani coconut yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
A healthy handful of spinach (don't be afraid - it's good for you and you won't taste it!)
Optional: a dash of honey




  1. Put mango, yogurt, almond milk, and spinach in blender. Blend. Tada! 
  2. No, but seriously, before you pour it into a cup, taste it. Is it sweet enough for your liking? If not, add a little bit of honey, then blend again. You could also add a touch more almond milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  3. Pour into an Alice-themed glass if you have one. If not, a regular glass will be acceptable, I suppose.
  4. Consume!


I know it would've been prettier if the glass had been full,
but I had to taste it immediately. For science, you know.

Other potential substitutions: If you don't care for mangoes, I betcha frozen pineapple would work well too.

And if you're one of those really, REALLY incomprehensible people who doesn't like coconut, Chobani's pineapple yogurt is my former-first-now-second-favorite so throw some of that in there instead and see what happens. Also, let me know next time you get a box of chocolates, because I'm happy to take your coconut pieces. Thanks!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! What are your favorite smoothie combinations? 
 
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4 comments:

  1. Green smoothies are quite seriously one of my greatest joys in life (and potentially even more so now that I know coconut Chobani exists... YUM). My favorite smoothie recipe actually uses cooked oatmeal to thicken it up, and it is divine! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can sit in the sun and sip smoothies to my heart's content.

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    1. I've tossed raw oatmeal into my smoothie before, but never cooked! Interesting... I bet that would go nicely with common pie fruits.

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  2. Sounds great! After reading the Runner's World Cookbook, i've been known to put oatmeal in my smoothies as well. Bananas are always good and give a nice texture!

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    1. Ooh, yeah, bananas are a good call. Especially frozen!

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