Smoothies to Swoon For! – Recipes inspired by Costa Rica flavors

I just came back from a recent backpacking trip to Costa Rica. It was amazing, the land is beautiful, the weather is perfect, and while it sounds like it could be an amazing cheap trip, it was not.  Let me tell you, two people in Costa Rica for 10 days can reach the triple digit mark real quick!  That’s because Costa Rica is one of the most highly visited countries in latin america, and they know it!  They have what my friend fondly refers to as ‘gringo prices’.  That’s a 4x mark up of regular prices for all foreigners.  So if you are traveling on a budget you have to find ways to cut corners!

One quick way to do so is order smoothies from your hotel, hostel, or food vendor. Sometimes you will see smoothie shacks on the side of the road.

Smoothies can save me money? you ask. Yes, smoothies do.

In Costa Rica they are called ‘bebidas’.  Smoothies are a cheap, hydrating, filling, vitamin and antioxidant rich source of nutrition, and they are available almost everywhere!  Probably has something to do with the fact that fruit is abundant and cheap in Costa Rica! Also, it’s really tasty too!

Now that I’m back home, having a smoothie makes me feel like I’m on vacation 🙂

Here are my favorite smoothie recipes that I came across, I hope they will inspire you and help your budget stretch a little more in surprising ways, even when you are at home!

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Vista Serena Smoothie

Passionfruit, pineapple, banana, mango and mint! +1 cup-2cups of ice

I would do a whole passion fruit, 2 cups pineapple, 1 whole banana, half a mango, and a small handful of mint.

Blend thoroughly, then decide how much ice to add based on your own taste.

 

Casa Tranquilo Smoothie

Papaya, pineapple, cantaloupe, ginger and cayenne! +1-2 cups of ice

Half a papaya, 2 cups of pineapple, quarter cantaloupe, a tsp of ginger should do the trick and a 1/4 tsp of cayenne.

Blend thoroughly, then decide how much ice to add based on your own taste.

 

Coco Loco Smoothie

Cocoa, Coconut milk, Cinnamon, banana, dates! +1-2cups of ice

1tsp cacao, 2 cups coconut milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 whole banana, 2-3 dates.

Blend thoroughly, then decide how much ice to add based on your own taste.

 

Rica Chica smoothie

Papaya, strawberries, raspberries, mango, passionfruit! +1-2cups ice

1/2 papaya, 2 cups strawberries, 2 cups raspberries, 1/2 mango, 1 whole passionfruit.

Blend thoroughly, then decide how much ice to add based on your own taste.

 

Bana Time smoothie

Guanabana, pineapple, strawberries! +1-2 cups ice

1 whole guanabana, 2 cups pineapple, 2 cups strawberries.

Blend thoroughly, then decide how much ice to add based on your own taste.

 

El Tipico smoothie

Pineapple, mango, banana and cantaloupe! +1-2 cups ice

!/4 pineapple, 1 whole mango, 1 whole banana, and 1/4 cantaloupe.

Blend thoroughly, then decide how much ice to add based on your own taste.

 

The most important part is to experiment with your fruit! Have no fear! There is very little that can go wrong when combining delicious fruits together! You will be an expert in no time if you fearlessly combine a variety of conventional and exotic fruits, and you will have your own surprising smoothie recipes to share!

 

God bless fruit everywhere!

 

To your health,

The Natural Ways

 

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