Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Taste of the Tropics

Ingredients for today...

In honor of it being over 100 degrees every day this week according to the weatherman, I decided on a tropical smoothie for today. The cool thing (pun intended) about my neighborhood here in Houston are the fresh fruit stands. We have a guy on every corner selling “cocos frios”, (chilled coconuts that come with a straw inserted so you can drink the water inside), mangos, papayas, pineapple, you name it. I love tropical fruit! It is naturally high in digestive enzymes that help with your digestion of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Also, being so close to Mexico where a lot of it is grown, we have great access to it here in Houston. Juicy pineapple = eating local =Awesome!

Elizabeth enjoying a coco frio after yoga

I was at Harris County Public Health doing dietary education for patients, in EVERY single case today the dietitian advised his patient to eat more fruit! An easy way to get in your 2-3 servings a day is in a smoothie! Here is the recipe for today…

Tuesday Smoothie

1 whole mango peeled

1 whole kiwi peeled

2 tablespoons raw cashew nuts

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

1 1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled

Splash of water

5-6 ice cubes

Blend the cashew nuts first until they are finely chopped, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend! Serve with a little umbrella in it. I didn’t have one...next time.

Finished smoothie...now, which way to the beach?

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