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Smoothie Recipe: Minty Piña Fresca

Published: October 15, 2013

Sip on this island-inspired mocktail and let digestive enzymes do their cleansing work. Calming mint, sweet coconut water, and tangy lime juice pair beautifully with enzyme-rich and succulent pineapple.

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Minty Piña Fresca


(Makes about one 16-ounce serving)
Time: 5 minutes (includes prep time)
Equipment: Blender

coconut water, pinapple, lime, and mint smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, packed
  • Juice of 1 lime, about 2 tablespoons (28 ml)
  • 4 or 5 ice cubes

Directions

  • In Vitamix or other high-speed blender, combine coconut water, pineapple, mint, lime, and ice.
  • Blend for 30 seconds and enjoy.
  • Did You Know?

    There is more to pineapple than its sweet and succulent juice and flavor. It contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins into smaller molecules, aiding in digestion. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, South Americans have been enjoying this tropical fruit for centuries to reduce inflammation and to treat indigestion. To boost digestive activity, delight in fresh pineapple prior to a meal or immediately after for dessert.


    Photo and recipe courtesy Balanced Raw: Combine Raw and Cooked Foods for Optimal Health, Weight Loss, and Vitality Burst: A Four-Week Program by Tina Leigh.

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