Healthy Smoothies Aren’t Just For Breakfast: Frozen Raspberry Coconut Lemonade

frozen raspberry lemonade

 

As I started into the health food phase, I wrongly believed that healthy smoothies were only for breakfast, or a mid-morning snack.  Then I made this smoothie, and realized, it is pretty enough for dessert!  Especially during the summer when you really want something light, with a little tang, and overall refreshing.

Not only does this smoothie look good, it also tastes great, and is very healthy.  In fact, you can serve it to guests, and they won’t even realize you are helping them eat healthy.

Smoothies are simple enough to make, but it always goes a little faster when you gather all your ingredients at the beginning.

raspberry lemonade ingredients

Ingredients:

3/4 c coconut water

1/4 c lemon juice

1 1/2 c frozen raspberries

1/2 c vanilla greek yogurt (you could use regular, but the vanilla adds a little extra sweetness)

1/4 c shredded coconut flakes (I used sweetened, you can use whatever you like best)

1 T chia seed

1 kale leaf

Throw all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.  I saved a couple of pieces from the kale leaf for garnish.  You can also add just a half a leaf if you have very discerning guests (picky like my husband).  Blend until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.  I don’t have a Blendtec or Vitamix, just a good ol’ fashioned Ninja, and this works just fine.

Here’s the tricky part: the raspberry seeds help hide the chia seed.  If you want to hide the chia seed further, use a tablespoon of ground chia seed instead.

This will make about 2 servings, 6 oz each serving.

Go ahead and drink it for breakfast and a mid-morning snack.

breakfast raspberry lemonade

Or add a dollop of whipped topping, throw on some fresh raspberries, maybe a little toasted coconut and add a sugar rim to the glass to make it dessert.healthy raspberry lemonade

What makes this dessert smoothie so healthy?

The coconut water is full of electrolytes, and other vitamins and minerals.  Coconut water is a great way to hydrate without the extra sodium and calories in the sports drinks.

Lemon juice helps balance your body’s ph levels.  It is also a great source of vitamin C.

Raspberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.

Shredded coconut adds fiber and the other benefits of coconut water.

Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium.

Chia seed packs quite a nutritional punch.  They contain omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc.

Kale is the last superfood in this smoothie.  Kale contains high amounts of calcium, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K.  Check out this post about kid-friendly kale recipes to learn more about the health benefits of kale.

You may enjoy this smoothie enough to make it every night for dessert!  Go enjoy some relaxing days on the porch sipping this sweet lemonade!

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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6 Responses to Healthy Smoothies Aren’t Just For Breakfast: Frozen Raspberry Coconut Lemonade

  1. Sharlee @mynewlines June 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    These sound so good. I’m excited to try it. I think I have a lot of the ingredients on hand already!

    • Anne Banks June 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Sharlee, thanks so much for stopping by! I’m sure you’ll love these smoothies! I really do!

  2. dishofdailylife August 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    This looks fabulous! We are on a smoothie kick around here! Pinning! Thanks for sharing this with us at Foodie Fridays…I can’t wait to try it!

    • Anne Banks September 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      This is one of my favorite smoothies, probably because it doesn’t taste healthy. :-) Thanks for visiting!

  3. Christie Campbell (@AKitchenHoor) September 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    I love raspberries! This looks delicious! I’m always trying to serve healthy food. This would fit right in! Thanks for linking up with #FoodieFridays! Make sure to stop by this Thursday night 9ET to see if you are featured!
    http://akitchenhoor.blogspot.com/

    • Anne Banks September 8, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      Christie,

      Thanks for visiting! It’s really getting into raspberry season around here, so a great time to pull this recipe out. We appreciate your comments!