Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yields: 3 cups
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
372 Calories
18g Fat
54g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 372
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 5g
Calcium 123mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're a fan of tropical flavors, you will love this pineapple coconut smoothie recipe. It incorporates both coconut milk and shredded coconut for a double layer of coconut flavor.

Smoothies can be a healthy meal replacement and are incredibly convenient for a quick breakfast that you can take along with you to work or school. You can easily boost the protein content with extra yogurt or a tablespoon or two of whey powder. This naturally sweetened pineapple smoothie can make a great dessert as well.

A smoothie blender or high-speed blender is recommended because their motors are powerful enough to blend ice cubes or frozen fruit. There are many inexpensive options on the market, including full-size and personal smoothie blenders. If you're looking for a blender that can handle various jobs, you might want to invest in a high-speed blender.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pineapple (chunks, unsweetened, frozen)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (unsweetened, not cream of coconut)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoon coconut (unsweetened, shredded)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (vanilla)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Garnish: 1 tablespoon pineapple (chunks)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place all of the ingredients into a smoothie blender, such as a Blendtec or a VitaMix blender in the order listed. Process until smooth or preferred texture.

  3. Garnish with pineapple chunks. Serve immediately.

Tips

  • If you want to limit your sugar intake, make sure you use unsweetened coconut milk, unsweetened shredded coconut, and unsweetened frozen pineapple chunks for this recipe. Look for them at local health food or natural food supermarkets, such as Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe's.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the vanilla yogurt with 1/2 cup of plain yogurt and about 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Add a sprig of fresh mint to each glass for an attractive presentation.
  • Instead of honey, consider agave syrup or a sugar substitute.
  • Instead of flaked coconut, use unsweetened coconut powder.

How to Store and Freeze

  • If you have extra smoothie, put it in a covered container and refrigerate it for up to 3 days.
  • Smoothies may be frozen as well. Put the mixture in an airtight container or a zip-close freezer bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.

What can I add to my smoothie to increase the protein?

There are many ways to increase a smoothie's protein content:

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter=3.4 grams.
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt=4 grams.
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt=11 grams.
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu=6 grams.
  • 1 tablespoon whey powder=13 grams.
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds=3 grams
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds=2 grams (plus 2 grams of fiber).






When is the best time to drink a smoothie?

A smoothie for breakfast can give you a jump-start, and it's an good choice for before or after a workout. If you don't have time for a standard lunch, a smoothie is an excellent alternative. And if you're craving something sweet, choose a healthy naturally sweetened smoothie.