Happy September! Ugh, it feel so strange to be saying that, because it’s still so warm here in Michigan that you wouldn’t know it wasn’t still July. And there’s plenty of things I’m looking forward to this month, including college football (as a University of Michigan alumna, I am of course itching to find how out the new coach fares), my husband’s birthday (I always forget to get him a gift on time), and a few small trips I have planned. September is also Better Breakfast Month, so all of the Milk Means More ambassadors will be sharing lots of smoothies and other ideas for quick, healthful morning meals.
Aside from a cup of coffee, nothing wakes me up more in the morning than a burst of tropical flavor. I always add a bit of pineapple to my green smoothies for a touch of sweetness, but today I’m sharing a smoothie recipe that is 100% tropical, through and through.
To make this refreshing and nutritious blender breakfast, simply puree chopped pineapple, chopped mango, a banana, a touch of vanilla extract and unsweetened dried coconut flakes, and some lowfat vanilla yogurt and 2% milk. The protein from the yogurt and milk in this Tropical Sun Smoothie will keep you full until lunch, while all of the tropical flavors will awaken your senses and prepare you for the day ahead.
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Tropical Sun Smoothie
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup chopped mango
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- 1/4 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened flaked dried coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup ice
- In blender, combine banana, mango, pineapple, milk, yogurt, coconut and vanilla; blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Disclosure: As a Milk Means More Ambassador, this post was sponsored by The United Dairy Industry of Michigan. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries … lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.