This Pineapple Smoothie is a guilt free “indulgence” that is cool, creamy, refreshing, and healthy!
This Pineapple Smoothie recipe is tropical paradise in smoothie form and is SO easy to make. It’s a simple blending of pineapple, mangos, banana, vanilla Greek yogurt, coconut milk, orange juice, and pineapple juice. It is perfect for breakfast, with lunch or a satisfying snack; it even tastes delicious enough to call it a light dessert! You can customize this Pineapple Smoothie with more mango, more pineapple or add strawberries, spinach, etc. to make it YOUR favorite smoothie recipe! With one sip you will be wondering how you ever lived without this mango pineapple smoothie in your life!
Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
I have a new addiction. A healthy, luscious addiction (without any alcohol) that’s a creamy, cold, refreshing balance of sweet and citrus. And I call it skinny Pineapple Smoothie. Or you can just call it delicious.
I whipped up this mango Pineapple Smoothie Recipe Monday, drank it all by myself. Whipped it up again Tuesday, offered a little to Patrick who said it was better than any drink he has ever had – home or restaurant – and commandeered the rest.
We seriously can’t get enough of this Pineapple Smoothie deliciousness. And for once, that’s a very, very good thing because this smoothie recipe is quick, easy, and nutritious! If you love this Pineapple Smoothie, you will also love my Strawberry Key Lime Banana Protein Smoothie too!
INGREDIENTS FOR PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
This tropical Pineapple Smoothie is made with pineapple, mango, banana, vanilla Greek yogurt, coconut milk, orange juice, and pineapple juice but it is totally customizable!
- pineapple: fresh, frozen or canned all work – whatever you have on hand!
- canned pineapple: For this pineapple smoothie recipe, I like to use one 20 oz. can pineapple chunks in juice because then you don’t have to chop any pineapple and you get the juice too! Also, canned pineapple is always available and ripe when you need it which makes this smoothie available ANYTIME!
- fresh pineapple: If you use fresh pineapple, you will want to add some pineapple juice separately to achieve the right consistency and flavor.
- frozen pineapple: You can also use frozen pineapple and eliminate the ice in the recipe and pineapple juice to reach desired consistency.
- mango: adds a huge YUM factor. Mangos are like tropical salt – they bring out flavors! They are sweet, slightly tangy and blend up to creamy perfection. If you are intimidated by selecting mangos – don’t be, just check out my How to Cut A Mango Post that teaches everything you could ever want to know about mangos!
- frozen banana: I love adding frozen bananas to all my smoothies because they add velvety creaminess and that tropical banana flavor. It is also super handy to chop and pop any bananas in the refrigerator that are about to go bad.
- pineapple smoothies without bananas: If you don’t have any frozen bananas, you can skip it and increase the ice to reach the desired consistency. You can also opt to use avocado or more dairy if you are not a banana fan to bump up the creaminess.
- nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt: I am obsessed with vanilla Greek yogurt – it makes everything better and you gotta love that protein! The vanilla yogurt adds a sweet vanilla flavor and enriching creaminess without having to add vanilla extract.
- lite coconut milk: coconut milk enhances the wonderfully tropical flavor of this Pineapple Smoothie with its coconut goodness. It also helps achieve our silky creamy texture. If you aren’t a fan of coconut, you may substitute it with milk.
- orange juice: the orange juice adds the the enticing ranginess to balance the sweet pineapple, banana and yogurt. You can also us orange pineapple juice, or any juice blend here. I just love the orange tang! If you find your oranges are going to go bad before you have a chance to make your Pineapple Smoothie, you can juice the oranges and freeze the juice in plastic bags in desired portion sizes. Keep in mind, if you use frozen orange juice you likely won’t need any ice.
FRESH PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
If you would like to make a fresh Pineapple Smoothie – you will need fresh pineapple! Here is how to cut pineapple into chunks for your smoothie:
- Set pineapple on its side and cut off and discard about 1 inch from the top and bottom.
- Stand the pineapple upright and cut lengthwise to remove and discard the tough, outer peel in strips.
- Go back around the pineapple and cut off any remaining hard bits of peel called “eyes.”
- Cut the pineapple in quarters lengthwise through the core.
- Cut in half again to create smaller then again
- to create smaller wedges.
- Chop wedges into chunks. They don’t need to be too small because they will just get chopped int the blender.
MANGO PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
Pineapple and mango are a match made in heaven! To cut a mango:
- Wash your hands and wash the mango. Always use a clean knife and cutting board to cut a mango.
- Start by locating the stem. Make sure the step is on top. The long, flat seed runs from stem to nose. We want to cut around this pit.
- Once you locate the stem, make a vertical cut 1/4″ away from this midline then make the same cut on the other side.
- With the mango stabilized on a flat surface, make vertical slices without cutting through the skin.
- Use a large spoon to detach the flesh from the skin and scoop out the mango slices.
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
- strawberries: can be added or swapped for the mangos.
- kiwis: can be added or swapped for the mangos.
- guava or guava juice: can can be added or swapped for the mangos
- berries or mixed berries: are a delightful addition or swap them for the mangos. I often keep a big bag of frozen berries from Costco stocked and use them whenever I can.
- spinach: is a great way to added extra nutrition, and you won’t even be able to taste it. Just be aware spinach will change the color of your smoothie.
- ginger: adds a tangy punch that I love!
- basil or mint: customize the flavor profile with your favorite herbs!
- turmeric: adds an earthy, peppery, flavor and pairs beautiful pineapple, orange, and coconut. Start with just a little and add more to taste.
- protein powder: makes your smoothie even more filling and more protein nutrition. I like to use a big scoop of vanilla so it doesn’t alter the flavor.
- chia seeds: a tablespoon will add that much more fiber, protein and vitamins.
- flax seeds: a tablespoon will add fiber, protein and vitamins.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE?
You are going to LOVE how easy this Pineapple Smoothie is to make! Simply add all of your ingredients: canned pineapple with juice (or fresh pineapple with pineapple juice), mango, banana, vanilla Greek yogurt, coconut milk, and orange juice to your blender.
You want to add the fruit first so it is closest to the blades and easy to chop. Then all that’s left to do is chop a few times then liquefy until smooth, or use your smoothie setting if your blender has one.
Next, it is important to taste the smoothie to reach desired taste and consistency then adjust to taste:
- For a sweeter smoothie: add a little sugar or honey
- For tangier smoothie: add additional orange juice
- For a thicker smoothie: add additional ice
- For a thinner smoothie: add additional orange juice if you also want it tangier, otherwise thin with milk to maintain the same flavor profile
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLE?
Pineapple is a heart healthy food that does not contain cholesterol which can lower your risk of obesity, heart disease and related conditions by maintaining a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat. It can improve mental health, eyesight, cardiovascular health, boost the immune system and reduces inflammation, and so much more:
- Pineapple is a vitamin C powerhouse which supports the immune system and helps to prevents macular degneration, a disease that affects aging eyes.
- Pineapple contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value manganese. Manganese is a mineral essential to developing strong bones and connective tissue.
- Pineapple contains dietary fiber which supports digestive health.
- Pineapple is good for your metabolism, because the bromelain helps in metabolizing protein, which helps to burn excess belly fat.
- The bromelain can also help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood so this pineapple smoothie it is an ideal snack for those at risk for blood clots.
- The bromelain can may also help in cold prevention or aid those with severe allergies as it reduces mucus in the throat and nose.
IS PINEAPPLE GOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
Pineapple has been dubbed the “natural weight loss food.” It contains a very low calorie count and is quite filling. Good gut health aids in natural weight loss as well, and pineapple has properties that support good gut health due to bromelain discussed above.
Skinny Pineapple Smoothie Recipe – where you don’t have to feel guilty about drinking the entire blender full. Where healthy tastes like tropical paradise!
Looking for more Pineapple Recipes?
- Grilled Pineapple
- Pineapple Salsa
- Pineapple Chicken
- Thai Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry
- Pineapple Cheese Ball
- Perfect Fruit Salad
- Pina Colada Fruit Salad
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- 1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks in pineapple juice*
- 1 fresh ripe mango, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 ripe frozen banana
- 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup lite coconut milk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cups ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to your blender starting with fruit then chop then liquefy until very smooth. If you like a thicker smoothie, add more yogurt and ice. For a thinner smoothie, add more orange juice/coconut milk.
**may use a fresh unfrozen banana and increase ice to approximately 1 cup.
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