After I get done running outside in the Aruba heat…

Aruba Street with palm trees

…It’s nice to come inside and enjoy this.

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie

After we get done playing at the beach…

Aruba beach

…a tropical fruity smoothie hits the spot and quenches what seems to be my never-ending thirst in this heat.

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie

Sweet, tropical, and since I love peaches ‘n cream, I figured, why not make it a peaches and coconut cream smoothie.

Since we’re in the Caribbean and all.

Overlooking the Aruba beach

It was a good call.

We’ve been going to town on these the past few days.

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie

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Peaches & Coconut Cream Smoothie

1 banana (previously frozen is ideal but not essential)

1 c peaches (I used 5 canned peach halves in light syrup, but fresh would be great)

1/2 c coconut milk (canned, fresh, cream of coconut, or coconut creme concentrate)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c ice cubes

1/4 c sugar, optional or to taste (or honey, agave, sugar, stevia, vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops to taste)

The remainder is optional:

1/3 c additional fruit (such strawberries, mango, pineapple, plums, nectarines, papaya, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.)

1/4 c yogurt

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 scoop neutral or vanilla flavored protein powder

top with a handful of coconut flakes, granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, raisins

For a peach colada add 1 to 2 ounces rum (dark rum, light rum, Malibu)

Blend everything in Vita-Mix, Magic Bullet, or blender until smooth.

Yields: Approximately 12 ounces.  Store extra in the freezer and remove from freezer long enough to soften before drinking the leftover portion.

Note: if you are not a ‘coconut person’ or don’t have it on hand, simply use regular milk, cream, vegan milk, nut milk, soy milk, etc.

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So even if shoveling snow is the closest thing you’re doing to an outdoor workout this time of year…

Path overlooking the Aruba ocean

…You could make this, add rum, and transport yourself to your own little happy place.

Not a bad thought on a cold winter day in my opinion.

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie

Excuse me while I go dive in to this.

Rocks over Aruba beach

Then dive into more of this.

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie

Questions:

What beverages are you consuming in abundance lately?

Water, vanilla iced coffee, and smoothies for me.

Hopefully some peach-pina coladas will be in abundance in the near future, too.

Or if you’re feeling a little more wintery or Christmas-season inspired, an Eggnog Chai Smoothie may be just what Santa ordered.

Eggnog Chai Smoothie

For other smoothie recipes, also check here

What was the last beverage you drank that you really enjoyed?

 

Enjoy your weekend! (and check the 10 Gifts Under $10 list if you have holiday-shopping-on-a-budget to tackle)

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