A Taste Of The Tropics: Pineapple Passion


January is nearly over, which means motivation for those infamous 'New Year, New Me' diets is probably dwindling. But in those times when a Chinese takeaway seems like a good idea, when you decide to skip breakfast for an extra 10 minutes in bed or when the crisp cupboard is incessantly calling your name - just remember, good food is your friend. 

Living a healthy lifestyle should not be a punishment. It's about getting the best out of our bodies in order to be able to enjoy the things we love doing. As the saying goes; you are what you eat. 

So, to give my body love and to keep my tastebuds on their toes, I drink smoothies. Now, you might be fed up of everybody jumping on the smoothie bandwagon but it really is a delicious and convenient way to fuel your body. 

My Pineapple Passion recipe is the perfect smoothie for those who don't like 'green' smoothies. Although it has the base of a green smoothie (banana, avocado and spinach), the pineapple makes it more palatable for those who don't like the raw and earthy quality of veggie smoothies. And it's also a reminder that summer is on its way! 

I also have a new-found love for chia seeds, so have been adding them to my smoothies. They are an easy, nutritious and anti-oxidant rich addition to your diet, providing you with a great source of protein, omega 3, fibre and calcium. So, why not?

Ingredients:
5 sticks of fresh pineapple
1 ripe banana
1/2 avocado
1 handful of spinach
2 tsp of chia seeds
1/2 lime juice
Dash of water
8 ice-cubes

Method:
1. Chop the pineapple, banana and avocado into small pieces and place in the blender.
2. Add the spinach and squeeze the lime for juice.
3. Add the ice-cubes and a dash of water.
5. Blend until smooth. Add more water to reach your desired consistency. 
6. Pour into a lovely large glass and enjoy!




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