Twisted Tropical Blender

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Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

Today is the day that I bring you this delicious, (mostly) healthy, Twisted Tropical Blender that will both transport you to a white sand beach and make you feel like you’re partying in The French Quarter at the same time. We’ve got a multi-layer, brightly hued, refreshing beverage that is a party in your mouth yet isn’t overly sugary/artificially sweetened like our favorite classic Tiki drinks (i.e. Lava Flows, Pina Coladas, Blue Hawaii’s, etc. etc. ) Twisted Tropical Blenders come with great taste and leave you with a happy waist! You see what I did there?


But do you know what else today is? You guessed it: April Fools! I’m pulling a fast one on ya and for the first time ever I’m posting a more-than-delicious beverage, on a Friday, that doesn’t. even. contain. alcohol. That’s right folks.

Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

As I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, the fiancé and I have been trying to be more conscious of what we eat and drink in these last few months leading up to the wedding, which includes cutting back on the “Oh I’ll have a glass of wine when I get home from work because it was a ROUGH day” mindset. We’re by no means going on a “diet,” because we’re not really into that stuff (balance baby!), however we’re trying to be a little more conscious and ease up just a leeetle bit on our favorite things that aren’t necessarily the best for us (I’m talking to you, cheese and booze.)

So, needless to say, we’ve been experimenting in the tasty non-alcoholic beverage department a little more than usual lately. You already know that we’re a big fan of smoothies in our household (can’t turn down a Power Protein Smoothie or a Date “Shake”!) so with this Twisted Tropical Blender I aimed for a middle-ground between nutritious smoothie and festive Tiki drink. And what says “festive Tiki drink” more than a couple of brightly hued, fruity layers poured into a glass that clearly shows them off?

Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

Okay, let me get down to the nitty gritty. As much as this Twisted Tropical Blender looks like it MUST have some sort of artificial dye to give it this coloring, let me assure you that it absolutely does not. Yes, that’s right. These bright colors all come directly from the fruits themselves. Fancy that!

The bottom layer is where we indulge just a teensy tiny bit (see mention of balance two paragraphs up ⇑⇑.) We combine vanilla ice cream (although I totally wouldn’t be opposed to the use of frozen yogurt), frozen blueberries and almond milk and voila! We have a tasty blue concoction that would make even the Smurfs jealous.

Next up, we combine frozen mango, pineapple juice and more almond milk to provide the more frosty and less creamy top layer. Because the bottom layer has a bit more density to it due to the ice cream, the mango-pineapple layer floats nicely on top without too much blending going on….Picture perfect!

Twisted Tropical Blender | CaliGirl Cooking

Of course, this recipe is completely customizable, so feel free to mix and match whichever frozen fruits and juices you prefer! Just keep in mind that, if you’re looking for a more visual presentation, you’ll want to pick fruits that have highly contrasting colors to really give this Twisted Tropical Blender that “pop!”

What do you think? Are you ready to try this out on a FRIDAY night? If you can’t give up your Happy Hour just yet, this is also perfectly acceptable for breakfast.

What are some of your favorite non-alcoholic beverage options? Got any good virgin cocktail recipes to share with me?

Hope everyone has a fabulous, healthy, fun-filled weekend!

Twisted Tropical Blender

Yield: Makes one blender

A fun, healthy and refreshing blended drink with vitamin-loaded blueberry, mango and pineapple.

Ingredients

    For the bottom blueberry layer:
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    For the top mango-pineapple layer:
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the blueberry layer in a high-powered blender. Puree until ingredients are of smoothie consistency. Pour into a glass.
  2. Rinse out the blender and then add all ingredients for the mango-pineapple layer. Puree once again until all ingredients are of smoothie consistency. Gently pour on top of blueberry layer in glass.
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