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I love having this smoothie on a nice summer day when it’s hot outside and the ocean is calling my name. However, it’s the end of January in Wilmington, North Carolina and we just had a “snow” storm pass through. We actually had snow, and the entire town of Wilmington shut down. Literally. Schools were closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (some even started late Friday), the county government was closed, UNCW was closed, hospitals, and several businesses were closed. Now, being from Colorado Colin and I just had to laugh. For us, this is hysterically funny because there were times when we had 4 feet of snow, no roads plowed and school was still on (the bus didn’t reach my house until about noon but still). I will give the south this though; snow storms here are more like ice storms, making the roads extremely dangerous. I would rather drive in the stuff back in Colorado then ever venture out into this death trap. Overall, this is not my hot summer day I am dreaming of. So I suggest whipping up a Green Tropical Coconut Smoothie, sitting in front of your fire-place (or space heater in my case) and imagining sitting on the beach, sand in-between your toes enjoying that nice ocean breeze…
Green Tropical Coconut Smoothie
By Amy DiPaola
Handful of spinach
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
3/4 cup frozen mango
1 large or 2 small frozen bananas
2-3 cups almond milk (depending on how thick you want it)
2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
few drops of liquid stevia for extra sweetness
1. Throw everything in your Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth and creamy!