It’s summer and it’s hot and I don’t like bananas so it’s not surprising that I have some pretty nasty leg cramps and sore joints. This is not good at all. Another distinct pleasure of getting a little older, I guess.
Fortunately, I am also a grown up so I know that it’s time for me to just suck it up and get some bananas and other potassium rich foods into my diet. I have a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer so I was good for that part of my smoothie. But OH NO! No yogurt, very little milk, and not even any almond milk. I did have some heavy cream but that didn’t seem like a good idea. Nothing obvious for my smoothie base!
Thankfully, I am an amazing scrounger and I discovered a can of coconut milk and some canned pineapple in my pantry. SCORE!!!! Bonus potassium in the coconut milk!
Potassium Smash Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup of crushed pineapple – unsweetened or juice sweetened
1 frozen banana
5-7 ice cubes
1. Put the ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
2. Start blending at a low speed and slowly increase to high.
3. Drink up!
This was a thick smoothie and I’m pretty full right now. Not uncomfortably full, but I’m certain that lunch will be something small, like hummus and pita chips. Fine by me.
The thickness also made me wonder if I could freeze this smoothie and have a delicious vegan frozen dessert. I guess I’ll have to get more coconut milk and pineapple and try it out!
If you’re wondering what other foods are good sources of potassium, I found this article from Anne’s Healthy Kitchen. I have not validated the information but the article shows sources and they’re reputable.
I knocked out about 1/4 of my RDA of potassium in this smoothie. The plan for dinner is Black Beans and Rice. Black beans are another good source of potassium. That should get me to my RDA. Phew!