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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Low Calorie Pina Colada Like Smoothie Recipe

low calorie pina coladaI absolutely love the taste of coconut! So, when I found a open can of light coconut milk in my refrigerator today (leftover from a Thai stir-fry that I still need to post about!), I just had to make something with it. So, I decided to use it to make a non-alcoholic "Pina Colada-like" Smoothie (leveraging frozen banana instead of frozen pineapple, although either would work). The smoothie turned out really delicious -- I actually thought it was much better than a regular pina colada which tend to be much more icy in consistency. So, I thought I'd share the recipe here!

Ingredients:

- One cup almond milk (you can substitute reduced fat or non-fat milk if you prefer)
- One quarter cup of light coconut milk (I'll blog specifically about this in the future)
- One frozen banana
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions:
- Measure and pour one cup of almond milk into your blender
- Add one quarter of a cup of light coconut milk (it is available in cans in the Asian aisle -- make sure you buy the light kind)
- Add a small frozen banana broken into several pieces to your blender
Note: Here are instructions for creating your own frozen bananas. You might want to cut them into several pieces depending on how powerful your blender is. Also, if you prefer pineapple you can substitute frozen pineapple for the banana, or half a serving of each.
- Add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- (Optional) Add some crushed ice if you want an icy texture
- Blend, transfer to cup, drink and enjoy!

In terms of calories, it is variable (so make sure you check based on your ingredients), but if you use almond milk, a small-ish banana, and light coconut milk, it comes out to approximately 170 calories, 6 grams of fat (primarily from the coconut), and 3 grams of fiber -- so 3 weight watchers points.

I hope you enjoy the smoothie!

Here are some other coconut filled foods I've posted about: Coconut Milk Yogurt, So Delicious Ice Cream Sandwiches, Coconut Ginger Soup, and Nada Moo Ice Cream.


Juliet

11 comments:

Pearl said...

ohhhh sounds sooo delish and great for summer!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

yeah~~ it sounds delicious and so fresh! :)

ttfn300 said...

oh my, sounds delish!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Totally screams summer!! Makes me think of a day on the beach with a good book and a delicious smoothie! Gotta try this one =) Thanks!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Oh YUM! *going to buy little paper umbrellas*.......

The Blonde Duck said...

Did you ever hear that Garth Brooks song "Two pina coladas"? I'm going to have to whip me up one of these and bellow that at the top of my lungs!

Menu For Diet said...

It seems n look a great recipie and i think it must b better for summer...!!!

Lindsay Brooke said...

mmmm sounds good, just add some vanilla protein powder to the mix and its the best after gym shake!!

Nicole (Sweetie Pie) said...

Great idea! I came across a bit of leftover coconut milk that I had frozen after making a curry while working on cleaning out the freezer the other day.I hadn't yet decided what to do with it. Now, I think I know!

Monay said...

Hey! You should try Vegan Recipes They have great ebooks on healthy alternatives to everyday foods.

Deserts, salads, even wine!

Check it out!

Amy said...

I've tried various low-carb, low-calorie, and low-fat diets for the past couple of years. Although the Atkins diet is very popular, it made me feel somewhat unhealthy.
The diet plan I'm on right now is the Medifast Diet. The caloric intake is roughly 800-1000 calories. However, it doesn't make my body feel weak. It is a bit of a pricey diet, but there are plenty of coupons available on the internet (i.e. http://www.swoopup.com/stores/deals/Medifast-Diet). You should never pay full price.
My advice is just choose a diet plan which your body reacts positively to. No one knows your body better than you do!

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