Smoothies are probably my favorite treat or quick meal. They’re cool, creamy, with just a dash of sweetness. Plus, you can pack them with energizing ingredients, like in my latest Pineapple Melon Smoothie Recipe!
Hang on just a minute and I’ll tell you what’s in it. But first I’ll tell you how I came up with this recipe idea!
Sometimes I get stuck in my rut of banana blueberry smoothie with a scoop of almond butter (and that’s a good one, for sure). And other times, I mix up concoctions that don’t really seem to do a whole lot for me. I needed an inspiration… and then I found one!
Get ready for the latest smoothie tool: The Superfood Generator!
Friendship Dairies, makers of the Original Superfood since1 1917 (aka cottage cheese, because it’s high in protein and super versatile!) asked me to come on board as a blog ambassador and share their new Superfood Generator tool and a cool sweepstakes with you all.
When I tried out the Superfood Generator, I realized the genius of an online tool like this… the Smoothie Generator inspires you to try new mix-ins for your smoothies.
Plus, the Superfood Generator educates you on the nutrients in each ingredient. Every time you click a “mix-in,” the generator tells you about that fruit or veggie and what vitamins and minerals it adds to your smoothie. So I realized sometimes I use two or three ingredients that do the same thing (add vitamin C, etc.). It’s more helpful to vary your ingredients to pack more punch into your smoothie!
For a twist on the typical smoothie, use cottage cheese instead of the typical milk. Because I love-love-love creaminess, I went with Friendship Dairies 4% milkfat cottage cheese. You get a thick creamy curd that blends up with no tanginess like lower fat cottage cheese tends to have. I never thought about putting cottage cheese into my smoothies before, but really, that’s a nutritional boost of protein right there (great for people who can’t have nuts in their smoothies!). Friendship Dairies cottage cheese is a good source of long-lasting energy because it is high in protein.
When you finalize your smoothie mix in the Superfood Generator, it gives you a pretty graphic that tells you all about the health benefits of your smoothie recipe! Here’s mine!
I based my smoothie choices on what was already in the house (helpful! LOL). The Superfood Generator only lets you select 3 mix-ins online, so I chose pineapple cantaloupe/honeydew melon, and chia seeds. I’d never had a smoothie with melon in it before so I was really interested to see how this would taste.
Pineapple Melon Smoothie Recipe:
- 1/2 cup 4% California Style Cottage Cheese
- 1/4 cup pineapple chunks
- 1/4 cup melon chunks (cantaloupe and honeydew are what I used)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (more or less to your taste)
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Orange slice for garnish (optional)
Blend all ingredients except orange slice! Pour into a tall glass, add straw and orange slice to garnish. Enjoy!
My smoothie came out cool and creamy with a light flavor from the melon. The chia seeds didn’t blend, so they added a fun speckled look and crunchy texture whenever I came across one! I very much enjoyed this recipe, although I think next time I might do all cantaloupe and leave out the honeydew!
Another recipe inspiration from Friendship Dairies: Creamy Coffee Booster!
And now… time for The Super-Duper Totally Fantastic Superfood Mix-in Sweepstakes
Have you ever tried cottage cheese in a smoothie before? Because this is your chance to get in on a great superfood like cottage cheese, AND win some prizes!
Friendship Dairies is giving away up to $5,000 in weekly prizes, including three $498 Vitamix machines!!
Entering is so easy – here’s the run-down:
- Use the Superfood Generator to select a cottage cheese
- Choose up to 3 mix-ins
- Get a super summary
- Enter our sweepstakes (making the smoothie IS optional, but come on! Don’t you want to try out that fruity yumminess!?)
Enter daily from now through August 31, 2015 AND if you share the sweeps on your Facebook wall, you get a bonus entry each time a friend of yours enters!
Try the Friendship Dairies Smoothie Generator to create a unique fruity or veggie smoothie idea to blend up! Tell me what you create in the comments!
This post is sponsored by Friendship Dairies and I was compensated for sharing my thoughts and recipe! All opinions and smoothie love are my own!