Enjoy a burst of tropical flavor when you sip a healthy Pineapple Green Smoothie! You only need four ingredients to make this vegan smoothie that's full of vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatories.
Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple is a great addition to many types of recipes. Some of my favorites ways to use it is in Fresh Pineapple Salsa, Black Bean Pineapple Salad, and Pineapple Mojitos. Come to think of it, those would all be delicious together for a pineapple-themed meal!
But besides the wonderful taste of the tropical fruit, I try to add it to my diet whenever I can because of the nutritional benefits. Pineapple is really high in manganese and vitamin C. And it's also high in fiber, folate, copper, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6.
And because it's a natural anti-inflammatory, it's great for reducing swelling, bruising, and arthritis. In addition, since spinach also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, together in this Pineapple Green Smoothie they are a nutritional powerhouse.
Easy breakfast or snack
This Pineapple Green Smoothie really couldn't be easier to make. Simply add your ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. I use a Vitamix high-speed blender, but other brands such as Blendtec work really well, too.
Besides enjoying this smoothie for breakfast, I love it as a post-workout recovery drink. It's easy to drink so that you replenish your calories while getting in healthy nutrients including carbohydrates and electrolytes.
If you're looking to add more protein to your diet, you can boost this smoothie by adding in chia seeds, hemp seeds, or nuts. Or if you're sore from a long run or ride, add a little turmeric root.
For the liquid, you can use any non-dairy milk you like. With the pineapple, I particularly enjoy using unsweetened coconut milk beverage that comes in a carton (not a can).
But if you don't want to use plant milk, coconut water works really well, too. Also, if you want to make your Pineapple Green Smoothie more of a frosty beverage, add a few ice cubes before blending.
In addition, if you don't have spinach on hand, try another green such as kale. As you can see, this simple smoothie recipe is really flexible!
Prep ahead option
This recipe makes two small smoothies or one very large smoothie.
If you want to save some time, try prepping your Pineapple Green Smoothie in freezer bags by portioning out the banana and pineapple. Then when you want to make it, add the plant milk, frozen fruit, and spinach leaves to your blender.
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Pineapple Green Smoothie
- 1 cup non-dairy milk, (I used unsweetened coconut milk beverage)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup pineapple chunks, (fresh or frozen)
- Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix. Enjoy!
Nutritional information is an estimation only.