Monday, June 13, 2011

Tropical Smoothie

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Honestly, I haven't had the time to do any baking in a few days. I have been cooking some interesting stuff for dinner, but haven't taken any pictures.Most days, I just don't have the drive (or the energy) to go get the camera! And the rest of the time, I just forget! I really ought to hang my camera around my neck while cooking, so I don't forget to click a few pictures. My hungry family is grateful I don't make them wait around, though. :)

Anyhoo, my little girl is crazy about fruit. Lately, she's been devouring mangoes and strawberries like there's no tomorrow. For some strange reason though, she calls strawberries 'ice cream' (or 'ifeem' in 20 month-old talk). At least 10 times a day she asks for 'ifeem'. This smoothie drove her wild, and she kept nodding and saying 'more, more, more'. It was simple, easy to make and absolutely refreshing and delicious!
For a change from the regular smoothies, I made these with some coconut milk. Hence, the name 'Tropical Smoothie'. I was going to call it Mango-Strawberry smoothie, but then I didn't want Mr. Coconut to feel left out. The coconut had a very important role to play in this smoothie. He made it extra-yummy and creamy! SO GOOD! I also added a pinch of cinnamon, which added a lovely dimension to it.
I usually add sugar and lemon juice into smoothies, but this time I didn't need to add any. The mango was perfectly ripe and sweet, and the strawberries were just a little tart. I absolutely love the golden, peachy color of this smoothie. 


Tropical Smoothie
Ingredients
1 large ripe mango, peeled & cubed
3/4 cup strawberries, hulled and chopped
1/2 cup skimmed milk
1 cup coconut milk (not coconut cream)
Cinnamon, a large pinch
2-3 ice cubes
Sugar & lemon juice (to taste)

Method
1. Combine the mango cubes, chopped strawberries, milk, coconut milk, ice cubes and cinnamon in a large blender jar and blend until smooth.
2. Taste, and add sugar and lemon juice, if required.
3. Transfer to chilled glasses, and top with more chopped mango and strawberries, if desired.
4. Click some nice pictures of it BEFORE you serve it to your parched family.
(Oh wait. That's not a step in the recipe. Just a reminder for me for the next thing I make.)
This is a great summer drink, and packed with stuff that's good for you, too! Here's to your good health. And mine. :)

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42 comments:

OrgasmicChef said...

This looks so good and much better than "ifeem"  :)

Carolyn said...

I love smoothies made with coconut milk.  These look so delicious!

Monetm1218 said...

There is nothing better during these warm summer months then a smoothie. You did such a great job photographing this too! Wow! It looks amazing. Thank you for sharing with me...and for leaving such sweet words on my own blog. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Mary@One Perfect Bite said...

These really sound delicious. They are perfect for these warmer summer days and your recipe sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Lovely, so refreshing - love the idea of using coconut milk.  Great to get some nutrition into our kids.  YUM

theharriedcook said...

Thank you! :) Much better than plain ol' ifeem :) Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Thanks :) I do too! Thanks for stopping by :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Monet! I appreciate your thoughtful comment :) I hope you have a wonderful day too!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Mary! :) I hope you have a wonderful day too! Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

You bet! These didn't taste even a little bit 'healthy' though :) Thanks for stopping by & for your thoughtful comment, Mary!

Galexi Cupcakes said...

I love smoothies and both of my little girls enjoy them as well. These look like something I could jump into. Delicious!! btw, love the look of your new blog!! J

Galexi Cupcakes said...

I love smoothies and both of my little girls enjoy them as well. These
look like something I could jump into. Delicious!! btw, love the look of
your new blog!! J

Maris Callahan said...

What a refreshing treat that is also very healthy!

Peggy Labor said...

Your daughter sounds too cute!  I'd be begging for "ifeem" all day too with this =)

Kate said...

So fruity and refreshing for summer.  Well done, as always!

Kate said...

Oh, and I almost forgot...I always take photos of dinner before dinner time, if that makes any sense.  I make my own plate and go outside...snap two photos and then tell them dinner's ready.  lol.  Just a tip!  :)

lptigger2 said...

Those look incredible!  I've never thought to use coconut cream as a base for smoothies!

Beth Hyzy said...

Ahh, this recipe sounds so summery!

Maris Callahan said...

What a refreshing treat that is also very healthy!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Jackie! I am so glad you like it... Thanks for stopping by! :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you for your comment & for stopping by, Maris! :)

theharriedcook said...

:) LOL She is a cutie :) And she really enjoyed this 'ifeem'! Thanks for stopping by, Peggy!

theharriedcook said...

It was really refreshing! Thank you, Kate! :)

theharriedcook said...

That's cool! Thanks for the tip, Kate! :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you! The coconut milk adds a very nice flavor to the smoothies, and is good for you too! Thanks for stopping by... :)

theharriedcook said...

:) It has all those flavors that make you feel you're sipping it on an island somewhere :) Makes the unbearable heat and little more bearable! :) LOL Thanks for stopping by, Beth!

sharizat shakmanova said...

hi Marsha! i like your new 'facelift' of the blog :)
and the smoothie looks so enticing, especially now that we're finally having hot weather!
have a great week ahead!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

now this says summer, healthy, sweet and delicious. All packed into a tiny glass! Wow- looks beautiful and I know it tastes even better than it looks!

Manu said...

Fantastic smoothie Marsha!  I love the coconut milk in it!  I can't wait for mango season to start here too....... I love sweet mangoes!!!  I have had the best mangoes ever in Goa.... mmmm  Only the thought of it makes me hungry!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Sharizat! I am so glad I am getting good feedback about the blog :) I was a little nervous about the changes :) The smoothie is great for this weather! Thanks for stopping by & I hope you have a great week too!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you :) It does say all those things! Thanks for stopping by...

theharriedcook said...

Ah, you've tasted Indian mangoes! Aren't they the best? :) Now you understand why I didn't need the extra sugar :) I am sure you will love the coconut milk in the smoothie... Thanks for stopping by, Manu!

Frugal Antics said...

The addition of the coconut milk sounds fantastic.  What a great smoothie idea!

Briarrose said...

I have a terrible time taking pictures of dinner items myself...time tends to be much more pressing.  ;)

What a fabulous smoothie.  The tropical flavor calls to me.  A perfect summer treat there.

Tiffany said...

These smoothies are the perfect breakfast or snack!

Gitusabu said...

I love the flavors of mangoes and strawberries and the added coconut milk looks like it made it even better. Can't wait to try this!

theharriedcook said...

So right! :) Thanks for stopping by, Tiffany! :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Kristen! The coconut milk really complemented the mangoes and strawberries :) Thanks for stopping by! :)

theharriedcook said...

:) So you know what I mean! :) Thanks for your kind words about the smoothie :) And thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

It really was yummy, Gitu! :) Thanks for visiting & saying sweet things on my blog...  :)

FreeSpiritEater said...

Oh wow! There's nothing on your site that I don't absolutely LOVE! I am still drooling over the lemon pepper cookies. I was just thinking of making a smoothie earlier. Thanks so much for sharing, looks and sounds fabulous! =] 
-FreeSpiritEater

theharriedcook said...

Thank you so much, Ky! I am so glad you like my blog. :) It is nice to read such kind words!  Thank you for the encouragement & for making my day! :) I hope you like the smoothie recipe... Thanks for stopping by!

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