Protein-Packed Pina Colada Smoothie

Weather like this (sunny and in the 90’s!!!) makes me wish I was lounging beach-side (preferably on a tropical island) with a pina colada in my hands rather than navigating through NYC streets. But because of my full-time job, internship, and research study, imagining a tropical island is about as close as close as I’ll get to being on one this summer. However, the pina colada part might be more realistic than not. With hot weather like, it’s best to avoid alcohol rather than indulge in it (dehydration much?).

But that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of tropical drinks. This beachy creation of mine came into being after a pretty hardcore run, when I needed a post-workout treat that would cool me down and replenish me.

And so, drum role please…

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The [Protein-Packed] Pina Colada Smoothie

Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies

Ingredients:

6 oz 0% Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Chobani!)

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/8 cup water

2 Tbsp coconut flakes (for garnish)

Directions:

Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Hint: add water as needed. If you like a creamier smoothie, don’t add as much water.  Garnish the smoothie with coconut flakes and enjoy!

This delicious tropical smoothie packs 18g of protein (that’s the same as 3 eggs!).

 

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