Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
Pineapple Spinach Smoothie – light, fresh and delicious, ready in 5 minutes. The perfect way to add some greens to your diet.
Made with 3 main ingredients – fresh (or frozen) baby spinach, pineapple, banana, coconut water and ready in 3 minutes. This smoothie is sweet and creamy, perfect as a snack or dessert. It is not a good meal replacement for most people.
Why make spinach and pineapple smoothie?
It tastes sweet and delicious and it is made with minimal ingredients.
You can adjust the recipe to your taste. Great for breakfast or a snack. A smart way to eat your greens. Perfect for kids and adults.
Good source of antioxidants (from pineapple), vitamin K (from spinach), electrolytes (from coconut water), potassium (from banana) and with an addition of protein and fibre from hemp hearts.
If you like pineapple and spinach, this easy smoothie recipe is a must try!
How to make pineapple spinach smoothie?
- Spinach – I prefer fresh and tender, cleaned baby spinach for my smoothies. No baby spinach, no problem! Regular spinach can be used. Have frozen spinach? You can add it to the smoothie, but please make sure there is just one more frozen ingredient (either banana or pineapple). Trying to use all frozen ingredients will make the blending process difficult.
- Pineapple – get a fresh, ripe pineapple and cut it. You can store cut pineapple in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. Frozen pineapple can be also used in this banana spinach and pineapple smoothie recipe.
- Banana – if you are using fresh spinach and pineapple, I suggest that the banana in the recipe is frozen. If you don’t have a frozen banana, you can add a few ice cubes to the blender. Don’t add more than 1/2 cup, because it will thin the drink. Adding banana makes this smoothie creamy, rich, sweet and nutritious.
- Coconut Water – I’ve tested some variations of the recipe and found that the smoothie tastes best, when made with coconut water. Can you use nut (or any non dairy milk)? The answer is yes, but the best option in my opinion is to add coconut water. Go for coconut water from young coconuts, if available. It is great or hydration, it is low in calories, fats and cholesterol. It’s true that coconut water has electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium and manganese.
- Hemp Hearts (optional) – I add these to most of my smoothies. They are widely available and a good source of protein, contain some fibre and are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
- Sweetener (optional) – if you happen to get a ripe and extra sweet pineapple, there is no need to add sweetener to this healthy drink. Adding some honey, maple syrup or agave nectar will add some more sweetness to the smoothie.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If is quick and easy to make.
You can definitely add some more ingredients to this smoothie, to adjust its taste to your preference. Here are some examples:
- Collagen – add a scoop or two of collagen powder.
- Protein powder – adding vanilla protein (or the kind you like) will make the smoothie extra rick.
- Pumpkin seeds – a great source of magnesium.
- Avocado – while you can use both avocado and banana, I suggest either or. If you skip the banana, add 1/2 medium ripe avocado.
- Cucumber – optional, it contains Vitamin K, copper, magnesium and potassium.
- Dates – these will add some sweetness, creaminess and fat to the drink.
- Can you make it ahead of time? – This smoothie made with spinach and pineapple tasted best right after it is made. Of course, you can pour into a cut and take in on the go. Consume within an hour, after it is made. I don’t recommend preparing it in advance, because it will separate, change color (spinach will start turning brown) and the nutrient and vitamin content will diminish over time. This happens because of the exposure to light and air.
- How to store this spinach smoothie? – It is best to consume right after it is made, but you can prepare the ingredients (and freeze them) in advance.
- Powerful blender – if you aim for rich and creamy, smooth smoothie drinks, a powerful blender is a must. It is perfect, if you are working with frozen ingredients, too. In the USA, I used a Blendtec and in Europe I have a Phillips blender.
- Smoothie prep – have you heard of this? Prep all ingredients and place them in a zip lock bag. Freeze until ready to use. If all 3 main ingredients (spinach, pineapple and banana) are frozen, add some extra liquid (coconut water), when making the smoothie.
More Smoothie Recipes:
Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut water — or almond milk
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup pineapple — can be frozen
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 tsp hemp hearts — optional
- Sweetener of your choice — optional
Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender. Blend until smooth. Serve.
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