This delicious, dairy free, healthy, frozen Pineapple Smoothie is sure to become a favorite of yours. Two ingredients (frozen pineapple and almond milk) and easy to whip up! Yes!
While looking for an after workout snack recently and wanting to keep it relatively quick and easy, I made this easy pineapple smoothie. Two simple ingredients and just a few minutes is all it takes. You could substitute fresh pineapple and use the milk of your choice in this recipe. In that case, and if you are looking for a cold, frothy drink, I would add a few ice cubes. I would like to try fresh pineapple in this smoothie, but the convenience of buying frozen pineapple chunks wins at the moment. So much of what I prepare and make is from scratch, I really like to save time where I can. 🙂
Benefits of a Healthy Pineapple Smoothie-
What I love about pineapple besides the wonderfully sweet tropical taste is the health benefits. Did you know that pineapples are reported to provide antioxidant and immune protection, as well as anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits? And containing Bromelain, it is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer. I have read that other benefits are cancer and cough and colds prevention.
Pineapples have lots of great vitamins and minerals too! Get a healthy dose of B6, manganese, calcium, vitamin C, potassium, folate and more.
Sometimes, I will throw in a few pieces of frozen pineapple in to whatever smoothie I happen to be making. I try to consume at least one green smoothie a day. In this quest, I like to play around with ingredients, which is how recipes are created! Well, sometimes, if the smoothie I am making just doesn’t taste right (e.g. not sweet enough), I will add just a few pieces of frozen pineapple, and it immediately solves the problem and brings the smoothie to life. It adds the right amount of sweetness in addition to all the nutritional goodness.
I recently purchased a Nutribullet and love it, however, it would recommend going with the slightly more powerful version if you are in the market for a smoothie blender. If you make smoothies often, it is worth it. And, I recently made a batch of my Cashew Cream Cheese and Chives in the Nutribullet. It only took a few minutes and made the cream cheese so creamy! I also like the Ninja and Vita Mix blenders. (Affiliate Links)
Since frozen pineapple is available year round, I enjoy this smoothie in all seasons. I find bags of frozen pineapple chunks in the grocery store. Although I am picky about buying organic produce in most cases, I am a little more relaxed with pineapple. The reason is that pineapple has a thick skin. And my theory is that the thicker the skin, especially a skin you will be peeling and discarding, there is less of a chance of chemicals or pesticide residue to reach the edible fruit. This is a decision you will have to make for yourself based on what you are comfortable with. Fruits with thick skins I do not worry as much about buying organic, however, if the price is right and it is available, I would choose organic. Most of the pineapple I consume is not organic.
Pineapple Smoothie Is Great On Vacation-
When going on vacation, I have to do a little planning in advance in order to keep a grain, gluten and dairy free diet. I usually look for restaurants in the area, grocery stores, farm stands, farmer’s markets, organic coffee shops, etc… Additionally, I make some of my recipes to bring along that I know will travel well, like Plaintain Chips, Paleo Granola, Monkey Munch, Sweet Potato Brownies and many other favorites that are on the site.
Last summer, we rented a beach house for a week. What I like about a house versus a hotel room is access to a kitchen. I find that having a kitchen means more control over ingredients, freshly prepared foods, less money spent in restaurants and more relaxing (less driving, waiting in line, etc..). Well, I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived to this particular beach house to find this blender, this cookbook, this pan and many other favorites. It was very obvious that the house belongs to a foodie! There was also a great resource at the house; a guide to the owner’s favorite local restaurants, stores and places of interest. This came in handy when making decisions regarding fun activities.
So, every morning while on vacation, I made delicious smoothies for breakfast. In the afternoon and evening, I used the awesome pan to saute, fresh, local, organic veggies. Then I used my prior research and knowledge (along with recommendations from the guide at the house) of the area for the best eat out adventures.
I particularly like this pineapple smoothie in the early fall. We usually have a few splendidly warm Indian summer days in New England and a healthy pineapple smoothie is so refreshing. Looking for more information about pineapples? Read these 8 Fun Facts.
Some Other Smoothies To Try-
Sitting in the sun sipping this pineapple smoothie is amazing. And it is kid friendly too!
Although, as the weather starts changing, I am looking forward in the next few months to making some of my delicious soups and finding new favorites.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Do you have a favorite recipe using pineapple?
I hope you are having a wonderful week. 🙂 As always, thank you for stopping by!
Recipe: 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice, coconut milk would be good). Place ingredients into a blender and whizz for several minutes until creamy. Enjoy!
- 2 Cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice) (might be good with coconut milk)
Place the frozen pineapple chunks and almond milk in a blender and let it whizz for a few minutes until reaches the desired consistency. Refreshing!
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