Pineapple Coconut Smoothie Recipe
If you want a quick, easy and supremely nutritious meal, you have to consider the smoothie. Smoothies are great 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, the chewiness from the coconut, while 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 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 from Amazon because it is a great price and I like the container they come in. Chia seeds are great, don't mess the blender up as much as flax seed, and are super nutritious. With four grams of protein in one serving (2 tablespoons), it packs a lot of punch. these
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 the 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 these 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.
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||180|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 20 g||31%|
|Saturated fat 10 g||50%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 72 g||24%|
|Sugar 37 g|
|Fiber 17 g||68%|
|Protein 17 g||34%|
|Cholesterol 5 mg||2%|
|Sodium 71 mg||3%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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