Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Sherry is a writer, animal lover, traveler, and caregiver. She seeks the unconventional life.
If you want a quick, easy, and supremely nutritious meal, you have to consider the smoothie. Smoothies are great at any time of day, any day of the week.
This pineapple coconut smoothie is so yummy. You get the smooth creaminess from the yogurt and banana and the chewiness from the coconut. In addition, the pineapple takes the flavor through the roof. I can't count how many of these I have made.
Let's talk about nutrition. This smoothie is packed with fiber and protein. With 17 grams of each, this smoothie will keep you satisfied for hours.
Now, let's consider the ingredients.
- I like the fruit to be frozen so I don't have to add ice cubes. I buy the large bags of frozen pineapple cubes from Trader Joe's, but fresh or canned pineapple will work just as well.
- I take ripe, peeled bananas, break them into 3-4 pieces, and freeze in individual baggies.
- Another ingredient I like to use frozen is spinach. It's portion-controlled and keeps forever this way.
- I finally tried chia seeds and regret waiting so long. I buy these from Amazon because it is a great price, and I like the container they come in. Chia seeds are great, don't mess up the blender as much as flaxseed, and are super nutritious. With four grams of protein in one serving (2 tablespoons), it packs a lot of punch.
- Unsweetened coconut flakes are great in this recipe. They add awesome texture and flavor. It complements the pineapple so well. They don't completely puree in the blender, so you will notice immediately after your first sip—delicious!
- Vanilla Greek yogurt is great for this. It has a sweet yet neutral flavor.
- And lastly, I like to add some form of liquid. For this recipe, I just add water, but adding plant-based milk would boost the nutritional value even more.
By having a powerful blender that can handle the job, I don't have to worry too much about the order I put the ingredients in. It can handle whatever I put in it. The one exception I make is when using fresh greens. If using fresh greens such as baby spinach, I will put that in first close to the blades. Fresh greens are so light that sometimes they stay suspended at the top unless they are put in early on in the process.
You could prep your ingredients at the beginning of the week and save a ton of time. For me, a smoothie is a perfect vehicle for nutrition. It's convenient and portable--what more can you ask for?
Naturally, these are a treat in the hot summer months, but I find I love them year-round. Give this smoothie a spin and if you do be sure to let me know in the comments. Happy blending!
- 1 cup pineapple chunks (frozen)
- 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup spinach (frozen)
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 4 ounces Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 cup water or other liquid
- Put all ingredients in a blender. If using fresh greens, be sure to place them in first, closest to the blades.
- Blend until smooth.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on June 25, 2019:
I am craving for this smoothie now but I only have a can of pineapples and a frozen avocado. I think I can make a smoothie of what I have in the cupboard and fridge. Thanks for the idea. It is so hot in Germany right now, 32 degrees Celcius. Tomorrow is said to be 40°C.
Sherry Chapman (author) from Knoxville, Tennessee on August 19, 2018:
That is very funny about the fruit salad smoothie! Nothing easier than that! Pineapples is one of my favorite fruits so i love this recipe.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 19, 2018:
This looks like a great recipe. I had to take a smoothie to a friend's house for breakfast recently. I was amazed at how much fruit it took, but very healthy. My friend added ice cubes, which she blended in to make it extra cool. A cheat's smoothie was when I used to pour my homemade fruit salad into the blender for my kids.
Sherry Chapman (author) from Knoxville, Tennessee on August 18, 2018:
Thank you Coffeequeen! Enjoy!
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 18, 2018:
This sounds lovely. Definitely one I shall be trying, thankyou.
Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on August 18, 2018:
It looks delicious, useful and easy to make.