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Freezer Friendly Tropical Turmeric Smoothies

Freezer Friendly Tropical Turmeric Smoothies

Freezer friendly tropical turmeric smoothies blend the lush taste of mango, coconut, pineapple, and strawberry with just a hint of ginger and turmeric for a perfect breakfast or lunch pick me up.  Best yet, they can be made ahead of time (on the weekend during meal prep) and tucked away in half pint jars in the freezer.

It’s been awhile since I’ve made smoothies. For a period of time, it was a weekly affair – I’d even you-pick my way through various farms in Southern Oregon and freeze berries and other fruit for the sole purpose of making smoothies all winter long.  I loved having smoothies on hand throughout the week as part of my lunch.  Then we moved and I got out of the habit.  And then we (by we, I mean my husband) broke the carafe for our blender.  So much for smoothies.

I wouldn’t have given it much more thought beyond that of – once we move again, I’ll get around to getting a new blender.  However, I ran across an article on some foodie site not too long ago outlining all the ways to use an immersion blender, which I have and use all the time for soups.  One of those uses was to blend smoothies.  The light bulb went on. It’s time for smoothies again.

Sure enough, the immersion blender works great.  I put all the ingredients in a big bowl and just blended away.  I don’t know that this would work too well with frozen ingredients, but with fresh fruit, it’s perfect.

Freezer Friendly Tropical Turmeric Smoothies

I’ve also been reading quite a bit lately about the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and been thinking about how to get more of this beautiful spice into my diet.  A smoothie seems the perfect vehicle for turmeric.  It’s not too overwhelming of a flavor and goes well with a sweet smoothie. I also used ginger to give these freezer friendly tropical turmeric smoothies a bit more zing.  The combination of mango, coconut, pineapple, strawberry, turmeric and ginger was perfect.  Working with the ingredients I had on hand, I was able to get three 8 ounce smoothies put away in the freezer for later this week.  I’ve still got freezer burritos on hand from last week, so when I do get back in the office later this week, lunch is all ready to go.

Freezer Friendly Tropical Turmeric Smoothies

So, if you have either an immersion blender or regular blender, I encourage you to make these freezer friendly tropical turmeric smoothies.  You won’t be disappointed.

Freezer Friendly Tropical Turmeric Smoothies

Freezer Friendly Tropical Turmeric Smoothies

Freezer Friendly Tropical Turmeric Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 2 peeled and sliced mangoes
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (or a bowl, if you are using an immersion blender) and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
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This post has been shared with the Recipe Showdown Cooking Game hosted by Binky’s Culinary Carnival in March. The ingredient this month is turmeric.

Lazy Day Citrus Smoothie

Lazy Day Citrus Smoothie

Given the back trouble this week, I wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of spending too much time in the kitchen.  I also seemed to have the salad aspect of the week covered in my tuna salad on endive leaves, so decided to do something with fruit instead of my normal entree/salad combo.  I had on hand a couple of bananas, along with a few Sumo  oranges, and a pomelo.  I also had Greek yogurt leftover from the tuna salad.  My back hurt, so I decided not to wrestle with the pomelo.

On a side note, I’m fascinated by all the citrus that shows up this time of year at our supermarket.  I think this may be the first year I’ve seen the Sumo orange, and I mistook it for a large mandarin orange.  I did a bit of research and found that it is actually a cross between a mandarin orange and a California navel orange and has only been sold in the US for the last three years or so.  It originated in Japan.  They are great because they are very easy to peel and have no seeds, though I don’t know if I fully trust a fruit that has its own Facebook page.  (Yes, I was tempted enough to like it and am now following a fruit on Facebook).  For that matter, pomelos are also interesting – as it turns out, they are likely the grandparents of the modern grapefruit, and not, as I’d always assumed, a hybrid fruit that involved grapefruit.

Lazy Day Smoothie

Lazy Day Citrus Smoothie
Makes 4 1/2 pint servings

1 banana
2 Sumo oranges
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
4 or 5 ice cubes

Mix all ingredients in a blender.  Add water or more ice as needed to make the smoothie smooth.

 

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