Pineapple, Mango, Mint and Lime Smoothie

IMG_20160619_075353Vita Coco coconut water is a massive favourite in our house and we are always making smoothies with it. We love coconut water to help us digest our fruits first thing in the morning. Coconut water can help with digestion, aids weight loss, helps with hydration and is very rich in nutrients that are compatible with human blood.

Coconut water has been used in extreme emergencies to quickly rehydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is common for the drink to be used in poorer third world countries to save human lives.

Along with the coconut water, I have added plenty of fruits that are great for a smoothie first thing in the morning. Pineapples have the ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, weight loss, strengthen bones, improves eye health and reduces inflammation. The fantastic fruit has huge health benefits due to it’s wealth of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Mangos are similar to pineapples and they are known as the ‘king of fruits’. They are fantastic if you are trying to strengthen you immune system or if you have diabetes. Mangos can help aid digestion and lower cholestrol. Monkeys are supposed to eat the seeds from green mangos which Ayurvedic medicine believes is what help them to jump from tree to tree.

Limes and mint are the final two ingredients in this smoothie. Limes are packed full of nutrients that can help with scurvy, gout, gums, digestion, constipation, diabetes, heart disease, weight loss and more. Soldiers and sailors were given limes to keep them safe from scurvy. Even now limes are distributed among the working in polluted environments like furnaces, painting shops, heat treatment, mines and other dangerous work enviroments to protect them from scurvy.

The final ingredient is mint and it adds a brilliant fresh taste to the smoothie. Mint is packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that can work wonders for the stomach. The menthol present in mint helps the enzymes necessary for digestion. It can relax and smooth the muscles of the stomach, reducing the chances of indigestion and spasms. Mint can also act on these muscles to activate them and to help them work efficiently to carry out digestion.

My little family love this smoothie first thing in the morning. We normally have it with pancakes for breakfast on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning. It is very simple to make, it is refreshing and it will take you no time at all. Give it a try and as always please enjoy.

Serves 4

Equiptment

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • Vita Coco coconut water x 500mls
  • Pineapple x 1 fresh pineapple
  • Mango x 1 large
  • Mint x 1 handful
  • Lime x 1 juice and zest

Method

  • Chop all the ingredients and juice and zest the lime.
  • Put all the ingredients into the food processor and blend together.
  • To serve pour into a glass and drink. IMG_20160619_080501

The smoothie is great at breakfast time but can also be a non-alcholic cocktail for a dinner party. We have served it for the drivers or non drinkers of the party. It has a very refreshing taste and it’s so quick to make it. So delicious any time of the day or night.