Healthy recipe: Creamsicle breakfast smoothie
Yield: 2 servings, 1 3/4 cups each
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Though it tastes like those iconic vanilla-and-orange popsicles, this creamsicle breakfast smoothie recipe is a balanced breakfast with carbohydrates, protein and, thanks to the addition of coconut water, essential electrolytes. Coconut water serves up more than 10 percent of your daily dose of potassium—an electrolyte you lose through sweat—in every cup, making it a great hydrator for light workouts. Plus, this creamy orange-mango smoothie only contains about 30 mg of sodium per cup, whereas sports drinks usually deliver about 110 mg of sodium per cup.
1. 1 cup cold pure coconut water, without added sugar or flavor (see Tip)
2. 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
3. 1 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks
4. 3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
5. 2 cups ice
Blend coconut water, yogurt, mango, orange juice concentrate and ice in a blender until smooth.
Look for pure coconut water without added sugar in the refrigerated section near other flavored waters or near shelf-stable waters and natural fruit juices.
Per serving: 189 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrate; 5 g added sugars; 13 g protein; 3 g fiber; 173 mg sodium; 604 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (110% daily value), Folate (20% dv), Calcium, Potassium & Vitamin A (18% dv)
2 Carbohydrate Servings
Exchanges: 2 fruit, 1 nonfat milk