Pina Colada Smoothie

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This Pina Colada Smoothie is a delicious, low-calorie drink you will love. Not only does it taste good but with only 180 calories per two cup serving, you don't have to feel guilt about enjoying it. This pina colada smoothie tastes just like dessert, but it is low in sugar, and full of fruit. Coconut and pineapple are the perfect combinations; this drink is tangy and sweet and perfect for sunny days. You'll dream of sitting by the pool in some far off location. Even if you are not a huge fan of drinking coconut water by itself, you might not mind the taste in a smoothie recipe. The coconut water in this healthy beverages idea gives it the perfect consistency and taste. This smoothie is a great idea for an afternoon snack; your kids will think they’re getting a treat without realizing just how good it is for them. You'll want to serve this smoothie recipe immediately after you blend it. Because if you let it sit, it will separate. If you have any leftovers that you want to use later, simply store it in the refrigerator and when ready to add a few more pineapple chunks and blend again. You can garnish this delicious smoothie with pineapple chunks or some coconut; you can even use some whipped cream to make it extra special.

There are all sorts of health benefits to using honey whether you enjoy regular honey or organic honey. Honey may help to prevent cancer and heart disease. Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Honey may help to reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. Recent studies show that the use of honey may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. Honey is also antibacterial and antifungal. Honey may help to increase athletic performance. The Ancient Olympic athletes consumed honey and dried figs to help enhance their performance.

Nutrition Facts for: Pina Colada Smoothie Family Favorite Recipes

Ingredients: Pineapple, coconut water, milk, coconut flakes, honey.

* Note: for a healthier version use natural unsweetened coconut flakes and organic honey.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 2 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 492, Calories from Fat 114, Total Fat 12.7g 20%, Saturated Fat 10.6g 53%, Cholesterol 5mg 2%, Sodium 43mg 2%, Potassium 528mg 15%, Carbohydrates 97.3g 32%, Dietary Fiber 6.3g 25%, Sugars 90.8g, Protein 4.6g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 52%, Calcium 11%,

Iron 26%Honey is more useful in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

Honey may also reduce a cough and throat irritation. Honey helps with coughs, especially buckwheat honey. In a study done with children a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in helping to relieve a nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep. Honey has been popular in Ayurvedic medicine in India for over 4000 years and is considered to help affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. Honey may also be useful in improving weight loss, eyesight, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, and nausea. Thank you to sisters Echo, Emily, Erica, and Elise from the "Family Favorite Recipes" recipe site for sharing this healthy beverages idea for pina colada smoothie. This is just one of the healthy beverages you will find on the site. Some of the recipes you will find on the site include the appetizers, breakfast recipes, lunch ideas, dinner, desserts and so much more. *

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