Want to feel like you’re sitting ocean side with a cool breeze fluttering across your face? Well, I can’t exactly fly you all to Bermuda, but these Tropical Mint Smoothies might be the next best thing!
I don’t know what it’s like in your corner of the world, but Ohio just got the memo that it’s summer. Until this point, we’ve had a gloriously mild summer characterized by low humidity, temperatures in the mid-70s, and partly cloudy days. It’s been wonderful and baffling in equal measure. I’m used to spending most of July and August with a humidity-induced fro, rosy cheeks, and sweaty knee pits.
Unfortunately, this week Ohio received a stern talking-to about appropriate summer behavior and quickly got itself into gear. The weather now can best be described as “walking into a high school locker room after a basketball game.”
As unpleasant as it’s been, I’m also kind of grateful. This cloud of mugginess they call “Ohio weather in August” has made fall seem vastly more appealing. Suddenly flannel shirts and boots sound rather wonderful, actually.
But until the weather turns, I’m beating the heat with these Minty Tropical Smoothies. These smoothies are the definition of refreshing. The creamy combo of pineapple, frozen banana, coconut milk, and fresh mint will transport you far, far away from humidity’s sticky clutches. They’re so good, you may even forget you’re sweating standing still!
At first I thought adding mint to a smoothie sounded a bit odd, but after discovering this recipe, I’m never going back. Each sip is sweet and fruity with a minty fresh finish. (And yes, as a matter of fact I would make an excellent toothpaste spokeswoman).
This lovely little smoothie recipe came from The Part Time Vegetarian (PTV) Smoothies and Juices recipe book. This cookbook is jam-packed with recipes to shake up your smoothie routine. I’ll admit, I tend to get in a rut with the same old banana-spinach-berry routine. I was amazed at the number of delicious and unique recipes in this book. I can’t wait to try the Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie, and the Butternut Squash Smoothie is going to be my new best friend come October.
Today, I’m so excited to be offering one of you your very own copy of the Smoothies and Juices cookbook. If you’re looking to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet, or if you just love a good refreshing smoothie every now and then, this book is for you! Entering to win is simple. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite smoothie is, then come back to the Rafflecopter and let me know you commented. You can earn extra entries by liking Carrots n Cake, Cider Mill Press, and Neighborfood on Facebook. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will close on September 1st at 11:59 PM, so get your entries in now!
Minty Tropical Smoothies
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 10 fresh spearmint leaves
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 4-6 ice cubes
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients, blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.
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