Update 4/25/13: I made this again this morning and I added 1/4 cup of coconut water to thin out the smoothie. This was a fabulous addition and made this smoothie even more tropical. This was my first time trying coconut water and I am hooked. According to WebMD coconut water is low in calories, naturally fat and cholesterol free. It has more potassium than 4 bananas and is super hydrating, has fewer calories, less sodium and more potassium than a sports drink. Just don't overdo it, at 30 calories per 8 ounces it is not a water substitute for hydration, but a delicious potassium rich addition to your diet in moderation. Check labels to avoid coconut water with added sugars. I have updated the recipe and nutritional info to include the coconut water.
Caribbean Red Papaya Tropical Yogurt Smoothie
with Chia Seeds
Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Calories 217 Total Fat 2.5g Carbohydrate 44g Fiber 4.25g Protein 7g
1.5 oz pineapple chunks
1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 cup coconut water
6oz. light vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoons chia seeds
1. Put all items in blender and puree until smooth.
2. Drink immediately.
This is a thick smoothie, you can add more pineapple juice to thin it out, but you will have to adjust the nutritional info. At 217 calories, there is some wiggle room:)