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Mango Piña Colada Shake

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Mango Piña Colada Shake – Tropical flavors abound in this quick and easy shake. Mango, pineapple, coconut milk, and greek yogurt blended with a Glucerna pre-made vanilla shake become a tasty meal replacement or even a dessert.Mango Pina Colada Shake ~ Glucerna Vanilla shake buoyed with Greek yogurt, pineapple, mango, and coconut milk for a delicious meal or dessert ~The Complete Savorist #GlucernaContigo #adI’ve mentioned my gastric bypass surgery often here. Every day I think about it. I have to. I have to remember to take a huge handful of vitamins every day or I weaken and easily tire. I have to think about it when I make decisions about what to put in my mouth, the good, the bad, the ugly. A signification portion of my reasons why to have the surgery are in my About Me section of the blog. But I didn’t actually talk much about my overall health there-or eventual health.Pre-surgery meIronically, I was healthy. I did not have heart disease, my cholesterol was the high end of normal. Blood pressure was the low end of normal. No diabetes. Other than weighing 310 pounds, I was ‘healthy.’ But that wasn’t going to last much longer. I was at risk for all of these issues plus countless muscle and joint issues. My dad had high blood pressure before his own gastric bypass surgery. My grandfather, my dad’s dad, had Type 2 diabetes. Heck, many members of my De La Cerda family members have Type 2 diabetes. This would be my fate if I didn’t take drastic measures. My doctor told me that my weight coupled with my Hispanic heritage (6 million Hispanics in the US have diabetes) was a ‘ticking time bomb‘ for the disease.

This was 2008. In 2006, I lost my grandfather. He died from complications of his diabetes. He had a stroke that the doctors said was directly related to his Type 2 diabetes. In a couple of months, it will be 9 years since he left us. My loss is still very real. I miss him greatly.My Grandpa De La CerdaMy grandfather was not overweight. He looked fit, trim, and strong as an ox. Yes, he was getting older, maybe his muscles weren’t as strong as they were when I was a kid, but he looked healthy. Looking at him, no one would say, “wow, that man is sick.” He was sick on the inside. His body was being ravaged by diabetes. His feet, his eyes, his heart, all being affected by it.

My surgery was equally motivated by wanting to have a child and not getting Type 2 diabetes and suffer the way my grandfather did. I am healthy now. Sure, I am carrying a few extra pounds (again), but nothing that I am overly worried about. I have my annual work up in a couple of weeks and I expect my blood tests to reveal I am still diabetes free.

To ensure I continue to stay diabetes free, I have to follow my dietary protocol, which ironically is VERY similar to the diet a diabetic should follow. Lean meats, vegetables, low carbs, healthy fats, and so on.Mango Pina Colada Shake ~ Glucerna Vanilla shake buoyed with Greek yogurt, pineapple, mango, and coconut milk for a delicious meal or dessert ~The Complete Savorist #GlucernaContigo #adWhen the opportunity to partner with Glucerna through Social Fabric came about, I was readily on-board. If this post can reach ONE person to watch how they eat, to monitor their blood glucose levels, to gently encourage a single loved one to take better care of their already diagnosed diabetes, then my work was not in vain.

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I am busy, I work a lot of hours. In fact, my best friend Darla just called me a workaholic when my sister Ashley was in town this past weekend. It’s true. Luckily, I love what I do. You see the food I produce, but I am not always eating that. Breakfast is often something that fits my dietary protocol: beef jerky, low/no sugar/carb protein shakes, nonfat Greek yogurt, protein bars, and such. Walmart, like other stores, do not have a specially marked section for ‘gastric bypass’, but they do for diabetes and those products work perfectly for me most of the time.Mango Pina Colada Shake ~ Glucerna Vanilla shake buoyed with Greek yogurt, pineapple, mango, and coconut milk for a delicious meal or dessert ~The Complete Savorist #GlucernaContigo #adI picked up some pre-made shakes and just keep them in the fridge for when I need a quick meal. I decided to play with the vanilla shake and see if I could make something that resembled a milk shake of my yesteryear, the stuff I cannot drink anymore. I’m pretty pleased with the results. Sure, you know there is NO ice cream in the shake, but the flavors are so good, your tastes buds forgive the lack of ice cream in this ‘milkshake.’

For ease of use, I used canned fruit. Canned mangoes are in a light syrup so I made sure they were thoroughly drained, but I added all the juice from the canned pineapple. However, if you have the time and the inclination, use fresh, ripe mango, it will just take a bit longer to blend up. If you like really thick shakes, increase the amount of Greek yogurt. I like to slurp them up with a straw, so I make mine thinner. Also make sure there is no added sugar in the coconut milk. Look for pure coconut milk, as some brands will sneak in sugar. This works great as a breakfast for me, high in protein but honestly it tastes like dessert, making it a win-win in my book.Mango Pina Colada Shake ~ Glucerna Vanilla shake buoyed with Greek yogurt, pineapple, mango, and coconut milk for a delicious meal or dessert ~The Complete Savorist #GlucernaContigo #ad

Mango Piña Colada Shake

Servings: 4
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1-8 oz Glucerna Shake; Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. If using canned diced mango, drain liquid before adding to the blender.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately or chill until ready to drink.

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Betty
    September 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    That looks so good and easy to prepare.

  • Reply
    Adriana
    September 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story and your personal experience with diabetes. The idea of a mango smoothie is tasty while sensible. We appreciate your participation in this campaign. #client

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 21, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you Adriana.

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    Michelle@healthiersteps
    September 22, 2015 at 3:07 am

    What an inspiring story, thanks for sharing. I love tropical fruits in my smoothie. Looks so yummy!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you Michelle.

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    September 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Michelle, you are amazing! Keep it up! I cannot see that being an issue when you make delicious drinks like this one 🙂 But seriously, your story was really moving and I wish you all the best!

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      Michelle
      September 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you Kacey, I appreciate you words.

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    Christie
    September 22, 2015 at 6:03 am

    What an amazing and inspiring story. So glad you found a way to stay healthy. I hand’t thought to use Glucerna in a smoothie. I have to check it out.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much Christie.

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    Mirlandra @ Mirlandra's Kitchen
    September 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

    This looks wonderful! I love the way you have taken charge of your life and made fulfilling choices. Thanks for inspiring me!

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      Michelle
      September 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you Mirlandra! I appreciate it.

  • Reply
    peter @feedyoursoultoo
    September 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    looks awesome.

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kichens
    September 26, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I was so touched reading your story, and so impressed by your diligence, your commitment to better health. Truly an inspiration. And then, of course, that delicious, creamy-dreamy shake! What a fantastic post, all around! Thank you so much for sharing it all.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you so much Shelley. Striving for better health will be a life long pursuit, full of ups and downs.

  • Reply
    Janette@culinaryginger
    September 26, 2015 at 9:42 am

    What a great post. I am a firm believer of prevention rather than treatment after diagnosis. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you Janette. Prevention is truly the key.

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    Katerina
    September 26, 2015 at 10:25 am

    It takes a lot of strength to be able to realize the dangers in which you are because of heritage and be able to give solutions! You must be very proud and this must give you even more power to continue! The smoothie is delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you Katerina, I am proud of how far I have come, but I still have a ways to go.

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    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    September 26, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for sharing your story, Michelle! This pins colada looks inventing and delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you Florian.

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    Platter Talk
    September 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing this part of your story with us; kudos to you for taking the initiative toward a path to better and healthier life. This shake looks and sounds like a delicious component for those of us who are also striving for better health and flavor.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you Dan for your kind words.

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    Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    September 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. As someone who has struggled for years to lose close to 100 pounds while enduring some significant medical challenges, I truly understand much of what you have experienced. Healthy shakes are one of my mainstays and yours looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you Linda, you look absolutely marvelous.

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    Healing Tomato
    September 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Congratulations on your amazing weight loss. I know how hard you have struggled. This mango pina colada shake looks so delicious.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much Rini.

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    Diane
    September 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Smart girl to get proactive early on those awful family diseases. I also love how you have turned your experience into a ministry to encourage people to live healthier, fuller lives. I also think that shake looks pretty darn tasty!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you Diane, We don’t have be be deprived in life of yummy things, we just need to make better choices most of the time.

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    Erica (@Erica's Recipes)
    September 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Diabetes runs in my family too – my grandmother and my father both have it. Thank you for sharing your story! It is inspirational and it always makes me happy to see someone taking control and doing what is right and healthy for themselves and their familly. I truly truly hope that this trend continues and that we all get healthier and change America’s diet for good.

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      Michelle
      September 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      I hope more people realize how delicious “health” food is, the food humans have always been eating before the onset of convenience.

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    Diana Rambles
    September 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    That looks very tasty! I smile every time I see your elephant!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      I am happy they make you smile Diana. They do me too.

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    Del's cooking twist
    September 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I’m crazy about mango, and this smoothie looks simply delicious!

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    Sandi (@sandigtweets)
    September 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    What a fun shake….mango is one of my favorites. I am so proud of you for all you have been through, and all you are doing to improve your healthy. I know it isn’t easy and I really admire you.

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      Michelle
      September 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you so much Sandi.

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    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    September 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I’m proud of the fact that you’re taking your health seriously. It’s the most important commodity we have. Eating healthfully and regular exercise will help you on your way. I like that you’ve added fruit to the drink. Did you make your own coconut milk. I can’t find one that doesn’t have some kind of additive. Or what brand did you find.? Thanks so much.

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      Michelle
      September 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you KC. I used a coconut milk I purchased at an Asian market.

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    Manila Spoon
    September 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing your personal story, Michelle. I am sure your readers are not only touched but inspired by it. I love anything with tropical flavors and this shake looks delicious!

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    Elena
    September 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I am always so touched when I read your story, thank you for sharing it!

    This shake looks amazing, I love tropical flavors!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 28, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you Elena, you’re so sweet.

  • Reply
    justine @ Full Belly SIsters
    September 28, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for sharing your story! The shake looks yummy 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 28, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you Justine.

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    Kristen
    September 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    This looks delicious. Good Luck with your weight loss. I find that 10 minute walks here and there really add up.

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      Michelle
      September 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      I need to make more time to exercise, thank you for stopping by.

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    Debi @ Life Currents
    September 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. You have lots of courage and I know you have a wonderful heart. I’m very impressed by your journey. And, thanks for sharing your recipe. This looks great. I’m often too busy to eat right, so this sounds like a good idea for me!

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      Michelle
      September 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you Debi, you too, have a kind heart.

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    juliadiets.com
    March 17, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Let s talk about this pina colada smoothie. It s creamy, it s dreamy and it s full of tropical fruit flavor. It isn t too sweet tasting but it surely isn t bland. It s the perfect balance of pineapple, coconut and mango flavors. Banana assists the coconut milk with the creaminess. A dash of vanilla extract sets this smoothie apart from similar smoothies that I ve sipped on.

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