4 Healthy Tropical Recipes and Drinks to Take You Back to Islands!

Healthy Tropical Recipes

Try tropical smoothie recipes with mango to get a burst of vitamin C in the morning and a trip to the Caribbean for the taste buds.

In a blender, combine one cup of Greek vanilla yogurt, one-half cup of pineapple juice and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Peel two mangos and chop them in to small cubes. Add the mango to the blender and top with two cups of ice. Blend on medium for 20 to 30 seconds. Add some of your favourite vanilla flavoured protein powder to give you an extra boost of protein and keep your blood sugar regulated throughout the morning.

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Tropical Cocktail Recipes

Though it might be rainy or cold, you can still enjoy a tropical cocktail any time of year that will take you back to that favourite trip to Cabo, the Caribbean or the Polynesian Islands.

Combine one-half can of frozen orange juice concentrate in a blender with a cup of Greek vanilla yogurt. Add two shots of your favourite vanilla vodka and two cups of ice.

In a saucepan, add a cup of water, one-half cup of agave and one whole vanilla bean. Bring to a boil before turning down the heat and letting the mixture simmer for 15 minutes. The result is a simple syrup.

Remove the vanilla bean from the syrup, and add two tablespoons of the syrup to the blender. Cut the vanilla bean length-wise, and remove the inside of the vanilla bean with your thumb. Drop the contents of the vanilla bean’s interior into the blender. Blend on medium for 10 to 20 seconds until the ice is crushed and the ingredients are mixed. Add a few tablespoons of half-and-half and blend for 10 more seconds.

Pour the mixture into four chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with a slice of orange and a tropical umbrella.

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Healthy Tropical Marinade

Take your dinner back to the island with a tropical marinade that is so easy you’ll want to make on a Wednesday night to break up your week with a little island flare.

In a plastic Ziploc baggie, add 1/3 cup of orange juice, a clove of chopped garlic, salt, pepper, the juice of one-half lime, one teaspoon of chili powder and two tablespoons of agave syrup. Add two raw chicken breasts and close the bag. Shake the bag, moving the contents around so they get pressed into the chicken. Allow the chicken to marinade in the refrigerator for two to three hours.

Cook the chicken on a grill or grill pan on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, checking the internal temperature. Chicken should be plump and spring back when you tap it on the plumpest part. Let the chicken cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve over rice with a few wedges of orange or with a side salad with a creamy island dressing.

 

Tropical Dessert Recipes

This healthy dessert recipe will keep your family happy—without all the sugar, fat and calories.

Cut a slice of pound cake into one-half inch slices and arrange one slice on each plate. Spread a tablespoon of softened cream cheese on each slice of pound cake. Soften the cream cheese by leaving it on the counter for 30 minutes before use. Top with fresh slices of pineapple, mango, oranges and cherries. Drizzle a teaspoon of agave syrup over each slice, and sprinkle coconut over the slices. Add a few dollops of fat-free whipped cream to the top of each slice. Serve with a cup of macadamia coffee or mango tea for a dessert that’s sweet but is loaded with fresh fruit.

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