Out of Necessity a Tasty Treat is Born

We love fresh pineapple at our house! It’s tropical, refreshing and reminds us of our son & his wife who live on Oahu.

I buy a fresh pineapple every week when I do my weekly grocery shopping. Years ago the owner of my favorite produce market taught me what to look for when choosing a pineapple to assure that I’d get a deliciously sweet one; how to pluck leaf from the top and how to take a whiff to check for a sweet pineapple fragrance . I usually try to remember his tips & use them to make my selection.

I must confess on a recent shopping trip I was rushing through my shopping and grabbed the first one I saw. It was late afternoon on a Friday and was getting close to dinner time and I was hungry. I just wanted to be done with errands and get started on a relaxing weekend.

Saturday morning came and my husband was cutting up the pineapple; from the first cut down the middle it was apparent that this pineapple was at its peak! The color was a deep golden yellow and the flavor was exceptionally sweet and juicy. It was absolutely delicious! Unfortunately the freshness would be fleeting: we’d really need to eat it right away, which is a task we were happy to do!

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I hadn’t prepared my breakfast yet and the peaked pineapple situation gave me the perfect opportunity to get creative! What started out as a tropical themed smoothie quickly evolved into a tropical Key Lime smoothie. Yum!

I started with pineapple and coconut, but decided to add some grated lime and see where it would go. A taste test told me I was into something! I decided to just toss the whole lime into it and turn it into one of my old favorite desserts from my “dairy eating days”.

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It was so refreshing and delicious that my daughter made one for her breakfast too. We had no problem enjoying that sweet, delicious and very ripe pineapple! Here’s the recipe for my Tropical Key Lime Smoothie.

Tropical Key Lime Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie reminds me of one of a cool, creamy slice of Key Lime Pie in a glass! A delicious, protein filled breakfast, lunch, healthy snack or dessert!

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Ingredients:
2/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 pitted date
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2” slice of avocado
2 heaping teaspoonfuls of coconut butter
4 Tbs egg white protein powder
2/3 cup fresh ripe pineapple
1 whole lime, quartered, *see note
3-4 ice cubes
Unsweetened shredded coconut for garnish

Directions:
Place all ingredients on a high speed blender and blend until smooth, stopping to stir when necessary.

*note-if using a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix brand blender you may be able to use an unpeeled fresh lime. Not all blenders are able to blend a lime with the peel & you don’t want a broken blender! If that is the case with the blender you’re using, use the juice from one whole lime and the grated peel from a whole lime instead of putting the an unpeeled lime.

Prep Notes: this recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free, and Paleo

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