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Coconut Banana Smoothie

When I’m craving something sweet and tasty, I whip up this tropical treat. Think pina colada, without the guilt. It’s one of my favorite “dessert” smoothies or a great option for a hearty breakfast. To further boost the health factor, I like to add a dash of turmeric, which is a warm tasting spice with anti-inflammatory properties, and some chia seeds that pack omega-3’s, calcium, and fiber into your diet.

-1 organic banana
-1/2 cup organic frozen pineapple
-1 TBS chia seeds
-1/2 TSP cinnamon
-1/2 TSP turmeric
-1 TSP vanilla extract
-1 cup coconut water*
-4 cup unsweetened coconut milk*
-1/2 cup ice (if drinking immediately)

*Measurements are approximate, depending on size of blender

Place banana, pineapple, chia seeds, cinnamon, and turmeric in the blender. Add liquids and ice. Blend until smooth. Drink immediately, or refrigerate/freeze in airtight, glass containers.

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Looking for a quick, exotic, healthy meal?  Try this filling vegan recipe packed with iron and vitamin B.

-2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
-1 cup brown jasmine rice
-1 TSP coconut oil
-1 pinch sea salt
-1/2 lime
-Optional: beans, peas, and cilantro garnish

Boil coconut milk in a large pot.  Add one cup of brown jasmine rice. Mix in one teaspoon of coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt. Simmer for 35-40 minutes.  If the liquid seems to be drying too quickly, add extra coconut milk- you don’t want the rice to burn! Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand for five minutes. Add fresh squeezed lime juice, fluff the rice, and garnish with cilantro. If you would like a more colorful version, top it off with cooked red kidney beans and peas.