Fresh Pineapple Smoothie
Refreshing, juicy and sweet tropical pineapple smoothie blended with orange juice, fresh pineapple and bananas, plain yogurt and honey. Take this fruit fusion to the next level and add fresh coconut milk to make this truly a tropical paradise.
Pineapple is sweet and nutritious and packs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Start the morning and get energized with this tropical smoothie! Whether you’re waiting for the weather to warm up or simply need to cool down with something cold sip on this refreshing drink. Smoothies should be made with the freshest of ingredients and this smoothie is no exception. If you’re looking to make a drink out of your morning breakfast, this recipe is for you! If you love fruit, this recipe is for you! There is no added sugar to this drink unlike traditional drinks that call for 1/2 cup sugar. Instead, this drink is sweetened with the natural sugars in honey and pineapple.
Now, simply sit somewhere comfortable and warm with this drink in your hand. Relax back, close your eyes and imagine the sandy beaches beneath your toes with beautiful palm trees waving in the wind and cooling you off. Any drink that can take your mind to relaxation and have you thinking about vacation is the kind of drink we ALL crave!
Benefits of pineapple include high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and manganese. These important vitamins and minerals will boost the immune system, nourish hair and cleanse the body. Pineapple, whether fresh or frozen, is the only known source of bromelain – a protein-digesting enzyme that research shows to have anti-inflammatory properties that may alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, sinusitis and asthma; help heal injuries; and inhibit. Pineapple may help counter colitis and therefore could prevent colon cancer.
Yogurt contains good for you bacteria that can help your digestive track. Yogurt is also said to prevent high blood pressure. One serving contains a significant source of vitamin B5, B12, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. Getting a healthy dose of vitamin B12 will help maintain red blood cells and help to keep your nervous system functioning properly. This is a great source for vegetarians, something that I had to learn on my own when I stopped eating meat that was rich in vitamin B12. Yogurt can be a good source of vitamin D (check brand) which helps boost calcium absorption.
The benefits of honey are great and have an amazing effects on health! The benefits of honey make nearly everything better. First, honey is great as a replacement for sugary sweets. Sugar and artificial sweeteners do more harm than good. Honey is a natural sweetener. To make this drink very healthy, opt for RAW honey that is unpasteurized. Raw honey has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Honey is great for suppressing cough, soothing burns, heals wounds and aids in sleep. Honey is great for boosting the immunity as it has antiviral properties that may fight sickness.
To make this flavor packed drink, simply cut a fresh pineapple into chunks, removing the tough brown skin and hard centers. Place 2 cups chopped pineapple in the blender with 1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice. If you’re feeling spontaneous, try different juice mixes to add or simply use what you have. I love using all of Minute Maid’s juice mixes. Orange juice adds even more flavor to this refreshing pineapple smoothie.
Now, turn the blender or mixer on for about a minute and blend until smooth. Add half a banana (I pre-chopped mine), yogurt and honey. Place lid over the top and blend until smooth. If you like coconut, cut a coconut in half and use the fresh milk inside. About 1/2 is a good amount, but this totally optional.
To make this drink extra cold, add about 1 cup of ice to the blender and chop it up really finely.
If you’re looking for tropical vibes, I’m sending them your way!
- 2 cups fresh pineapple , chopped
- 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt/greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk , optional
- 1 cup ice
- pineapple wedges for garnish if desired
In a blender, combine chopped pineapple and juice and blend well until smooth. Add yogurt, honey and banana and blend until smooth. Lastly, add ice and blend well until smooth; about 1-2 minutes.
*Add 1/2 coconut milk to make this a tropical smoothie, if desired.