Feel Like You’re on Vacation with This Tropical Smoothie Recipe

I can’t afford to go to the Maldives right now let alone get time off work, so I’m being mentally transported there via this tropical smoothie bowl. It’s super easy to make and has been my go-to lunch lately, full of enough energy to get me through my busy day.

Start with frozen fruit, a banana, yogurt, almond milk, and almond butter:

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Slice up a banana

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A scoop or two of greek or low fat yogurt (you can pick any flavor but I use either honey, vanilla, or strawberry)

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Generous splash of almond milk to help everything blend

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Tablespoon of almond butter

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Blend together for about 1-2 minutes until smooth

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Pour into bowl and top with seed mix, granola, and honey. You can also use fresh slices of fruit if you have the time or have some available.

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I got the idea to add chia seeds after reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, one of the best books I’ve read this year, which is essentially about a man’s quest to figure out why running always hurts him and leads to injury. He ends up in Mexico learning from a native tribe that have the ability to run 100s of miles a day on foot. It was such an interesting novel about the science of running with some evolutional theories thrown in. The tribe members drink a concoction that gives them tons of energy, and it turns out it’s made with chia. I highly recommend reading the book and also adding a seed blend to your smoothie for an extra burst of energy. The blend I use also has flax and sesame seeds which have their own health benefits.

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Enjoy the bowl while browsing travel inspiration online or while reading one of my favorite travel memoirs!

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