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Over the years, I’ve gotten in the habit of greeting my grumpy, sleepy boys in the morning with “Good morning sunshine”. The name seemed perfectly suited for this bright, sunshiny morning beverage.
They are super easy to whip up in the morning. So let’s get to it…
A few ingredient notes. Using frozen fruit is the key to making a smoothie with good texture. Trader Joe’s has a great selection of bagged frozen fruit and their prices are very good. For this recipe you’ll need frozen mango and pineapple
See that frozen banana up there? When I have some bananas that are getting a little over ripe, I throw them in the freezer so I’ll have them on hand for smoothies.
Use plain non-fat Greek yogurt to add richness and a great creamy texture to your smoothies. It has nearly twice the protein of regular yogurt and is rich in calcium which makes this a super healthy breakfast beverage for the kids.
Everything goes in the blender. I used fresh squeezed orange juice because I had a bag of oranges in the pantry but I would not hesitate to use the bottled variety. Use what you have!
Add more or less of the orange juice to reach the consistency you like.
We could stop here by they look a little naked to me.
To add some color and even more flavor, top them off with some fresh berries and hand them a spoon.
If this doesn’t cheer up a sleepy head in the morning, I don’t know what will!
Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup frozen pineapple pieces
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup fresh squeezed or bottled orange juice (more or less as needed)
- 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Assorted fresh berries for topping, optional
Place all ingredients, except berries, in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with fresh berries.