This Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie is not only super tasty and easy to make, it is amazingly delicious! Use wild blueberries from Maine for maximum nutrition and benefits!
Making Your Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe:
Health Benefits of Blueberries:
- Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants that contain flavonoids.
- Flavonoids are reported to help prevent excessive inflammation throughout the body.
- Some studies state that blueberries help memory, brain function and may help prevent cancer.
Have you tried this Peach Blueberry Crumble recipe using fresh blueberries? (P.S. – currently working on a grain, gluten, and dairy-free version). I love using fresh, in-season, local ingredients wherever possible. However, I have found frozen produce can be an exceptional resource for making this awesome blueberry pineapple banana smoothie, as well as this super easy smoothie.
Try This For Smoothie Success:
I find that in order to be successful in my smoothie a day habit, I need a good routine where ingredients and tools are easily accessible. The ten minutes it takes to pull my blender out of the cabinet, and chop up fruits and veggies will too often come between me and my nutritious smoothie, especially during a particularly busy morning. However, with a few easy strategies, smoothie success is a breeze, even on the busiest of days.
A great blender – While I have a larger blender for certain recipes, it is this smaller blender which you will find on my counter.
- Make my daily smoothies with this blender.
- Strong enough to whip up frozen fruit, ice, and nuts
- Easy to rinse cups (vs. harder to rinse and clean blender pitcher)
- Portable caps for the blender cups (so I can take my smoothies to-go!)
- Less clunky than a larger blender and fits perfectly on my countertop.
Frozen fruit in plastic bags ready to go:
- It is super easy to buy frozen, pre-chopped fruit from the grocery store.
- Reasonably priced and organic produce available.
- If buying fresh produce, freeze by placing fruit on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread fruit in an even layer with no pieces touching. Freeze completely and then place in plastic bags. If you place fresh fruit in bags and freeze, you will have frozen clumps of fruit that are hard to separate and use. 🙂
- Have your favorite smoothies all year, not just when the fruit is in-season.
- I often transfer the contents into resealable individual clear plastic bags for easy use. It is easy to monitor when the supply is running low.
Trip To Maine and Wild Blueberries:
My experience living in New England has taught me that each state has something unique to offer.
When I think of blueberries, I think of Maine.
Several summers ago, my family plus dog, rented a very small, ramshackle one-bedroom cottage located just a few feet from a beach overlooking the Atlantic ocean. You know the type of place;, where the break out of the rental fee is 10% house, 90% view. 🙂
How can you not fall in love with the charm of a tiny beach cottage near the ocean? Sigh.
The beautiful sites and sounds included fog horns of lobster boats as they hummed by, birds singing all hours of the day, the scent of wildflowers in bloom. And, of course, the beautiful deep blue ocean waves. As inviting as the water appears, even in late summer, one toe in that icy water was too much for me!
Within walking distance of our cottage was a very casual, outdoor lobster restaurant.
Lobsters and blueberry pie. That’s Maine.
Wild blueberries are becoming more readily available at the grocery store. During the summer, when in-season, they are available fresh. They are noticeably smaller than traditional blueberries and look like little beads. And, you can find them in the frozen section as well.
Tips When Making Your Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie –
Some of your ingredients should be frozen for best results
Example: If you are using fresh blueberries, use a frozen banana and pineapple. Or, use frozen wild blueberries, pineapple, and a room temperature banana. If in need of something frozen to add to the mix, a few ice cubes are always an option.
For variety, try making a smoothie bowl. Just pour the prepared smoothie into a bowl instead of a glass and add your favorite toppings!
It is sometimes hard to find a good blueberry pineapple smoothie without yogurt, but this recipe does just that. And, this blueberry pineapple smoothie couldn’t be easier. Just place all the ingredients in your blender and blend for about a minute, until you get the desired consistency. Smoothies are great; they can be breakfast, snack or a meal replacement.
Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe:
1 cup fresh blueberries (may be frozen), 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1 Banana (fresh or frozen), 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (would probably be good with coconut milk), Garnish with blueberries and/or banana slices. Place all ingredients in a blender for several minutes until combined and creamy consistency.
This is a refreshing, healthy, delicious smoothie; perfect as a snack, breakfast, after a workout, or anytime!
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (may substitute frozen)
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 banana (may use frozen)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (this would probably be good with coconut milk)
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and you reach the desired consistency.
For a garnish: use slices of banana and/or fresh blueberries