It’s been feeling very tropical all summer here in Florida. The summer heat in Florida reminds me of being in the Caribbean. I love the heat, and drinking this Caribbean Sunshine Smoothie is just the pick me up I needed today! This Caribbean Sunshine Smoothie is packed with Vitamin C. I used all of my favorite ingredients that are inspired from the Caribbean drinks I’ve had and blended it all into a healthy smoothie.
I used Unsweetened Coconut Milk to make it dairy free. Plus I think using coconut milk makes it taste more tropical. I also added Mangos, Pineapple, Banana, Coconut Flakes, and Chia Seed Gel. Now you’re probably thinking, why Chia Seed Gel?
Chia Seed Gel has some amazing health benefits. Chia Seeds are rich in Omega 3s, Fiber, and Antioxidants; which can help reduce inflammation and high cholesterol. I try and add this to my smoothies every day.
Chia Seed Gel can be stored in your fridge for up to 2 weeks in a glass jar with a lid. I use a mason jar.
To make the Chia Seed Gel, simply add 1/4 cup of Chia Seeds to 2 cups of water. Stir a bit to mix it in, then let it sit for at least 5 minutes before adding to smoothies. Then store the rest in the fridge. See you guys, it’s super simple! You can just add the Chia Seeds dry to smoothies, but I find it’s easier to digest when it’s in a gel form.
I suggest making this smoothie and sitting pool side while drinking it. 🙂
But if you don’t have a pool or it’s cold outside, then just pretend you’re in the tropics. I used to do that all of the time when I lived in Minnesota. When it was cold outside I would have pretend ‘tropical days’, where I would make food and drinks that reminded me of being in the Caribbean. For me it was a way to cope with the cold weather. Don’t judge, give it a try!
If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Just leave a comment below and rate it – it’s really helpful for me and other readers. 🙂
- 1½ cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- 1 Banana
- 1 Mango peeled and cored
- ½ cup Pineapple
- ¼ cup unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 2 Tbs Chia Seed Gel (see instructions for soaking Chia Seeds)
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- *To soak Chia Seeds, combine ¼ cup Chia Seeds to 2 cups water and let sit for 5 minutes.
- You can do this ahead of time and store in glass jar with a lid for up to 2 weeks. That way it's available whenever you make a smoothie. 🙂
- *You don't have to soak Chia Seeds, but I find it's easier to digest.
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