If you’re looking for a quick way to incorporate a little bit of tropical flair to your day, adding a serving of pineapple to your smoothie is a cheap and easy solution! At only 84 calories (in a cup), with zero fat and cholesterol, and lots of fiber, pineapple is not only packed with vitamin C, it’s full of other vital nutrients you body will love as much as your tastebuds love the sweet / tart flavor!
In addition to having a healthy dose of thiamin (otherwise known as vitamin B1), which is essential for a healthy metabolism and proper cell function, pineapple also has bromelain, a digestive enzyme that has been shown to reduce inflammation, and may even help protect against certain types of cancer.
When it comes to smoothie ingredients, pineapple is best pared with other tropical flavors like coconut, citrus, and dark leafy greens (since it cuts the “green” flavor).
We’re huge fans of pineapple, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our tastiest pineapple recipes for your enjoyment (and health)!
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53 Smoothie Recipes With Pineapple
Creamy Cauliflower Pina Colada
Rarely is creamy a term we hear when dieting. And rarely is cauliflower used in the same sentence as pina colada. But, much like the interesting juxtaposition of these words, this smoothie will surprise you. Not only will the tangy and tart taste have you feeling like you're on a tropical island getaway, but with it's high fiber content it will also have you feeling satisfied.
It is Easy Being Green
Light, refreshing and full of flavor, this green smoothie makes it easy to eat your greens. Snow peas are rich in vitamin K and B6 which keep your bones strong. They are also rich in vitamin C, boosting your immune system. The peas are perfectly complimented by sweet pineapple and tart lemon, both of which aid in digestion and detoxification. The flaxseed ups the ante, thanks to its high fiber content, plethora of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidant richness. Yes, it is most definitely easy being green!
Coconut Orange Julius
Craving a tropical vacation? Well, you've got one in this smoothie. Its taste and immune boosting properties are out of this world. Orange and pineapple pack a tropical punch with vitamin C, which increases the production of white blood cells. Satisfying your vitamin C intake has never felt more like paradise.
Caramel Delights (Samoas)
The Girl Scouts were on to something with this recipe. They started us off with caramel and coconut, and we've added healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Cashews provide a rich, caramel-like flavor, and antioxidants known to help protect your heart. Coconut offers a sweet complimentary flavor while upping the healthy fat intake. Pineapples, greens, and pears add top it off with a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins A, B, C, potassium and pectin. And with all the wonderful nutrients of broccoli, BroccoLeaf (short for broccoli leaves) provides even more versatility and vibrancy to this recipe. Truly a delight.
Green Coconut Energizer
This green smoothie will keep you going and going and going. All thanks to chia seeds. Aztec warriors credited this superfood with giving them high energy and endurance, believing that a serving could sustain them for 24 hours. Coconut flakes provide an abundance of iron, protein, zinc, and healthy fatty acids to keep hunger and fatigue at bay. And with oranges and pineapple bringing the zesty flavor and vitamin C, you'll be alert and healthy for the long haul.
Tropical Grapefruit Mint
This ain’t your grandma’s grapefruit diet! It’s a fresh and tart citrus delight full of vitamin C. Heart-healthy, fiber-filled grapefruit blends with sweet pineapple, refreshing mint, and superfood acai berry to bring you back to your last tropical vacation. Walnuts tone it back down and make this smoothie creamy and irresistible. Pro tip: Be sure to remove all the bitter pith (the white part around the grapefruit).
Most people know that vitamin C helps ward off cold and flu viruses. Did you know that it also plays an important role in healing wounds and producing collagen? Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C! Throw in an orange and some pineapple and you’ve got a refreshing concoction. Camu camu adds even more vitamin C for skin rejuvenation...noticing a pattern yet? Drink up!
There’s nothing like a mojito on a warm summer night, but this version doesn’t just have the tropical flair of pineapple and the cooling sensation of mint, it’s also full of protein (thanks to hemp seed), and essential vitamins A and K (thanks to swiss chard). Because they so easily into smoothies and disappear into other recipes, pears can often be overlooked, but this low calorie, high fiber fruit is full of essential minerals like copper, iron and manganese.
Gooseberries are a fairly common fruit that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Pineapple is also bursting with vitamin C, even more than oranges or lemons. Native to the Amazon rainforests, camu camu isn’t as well known, but it has even more vitamin C than either gooseberries or pineapple. In fact, camu camu has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food. It’s also been used as natural method to fight depression. Not to be outdone, hemp seed is a fantastic source of protein, clean fat and Omega-3s. If you want to give your immune and nervous system a boost, and feel as bright as an early fall sunrise, this is your smoothie.
In addition to being an antioxidant-rich food, walnuts have a big dose of Vitamin E, which is great for your skin. Both pineapple and oranges are vitamin C powerhouses, but camu camu has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food on the planet. If you’re looking for a natural solution to keeping any fall colds at bay, or just to start your day with a giant burst of vitamin C, this is the smoothie for you.
Piña Colada with Amla
Also known as indian gooseberry, amla berries are native to China and India. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, amla powder contains very high levels of vitamin C, as well as Gallic acid, a compound that has been shown to repair the lustre of dry or damaged hair. The berry has also been linked to lowered cholesterol. Pineapple is another fruit full of vitamin C, with one cup coming in at 131 percent of your daily recommended amount! Spinach has vitamin C too, along with a nice dose of vitamin A as well. If the Daylight Savings Time switch has you feeling a little sluggish, grab this smoothie and reenergize!
Orange Antioxidant Refresher
Cauliflower is a great source of fiber and vitamin C, and even though it’s considered a starchy vegetable, is relatively low carb. This particularly adorable variety comes with edible leaves attached, but we recommend you remove them because they can be quite bitter. Oranges are full of vitamin C too, but many people don’t know that pineapple actually has more vitamin C per serving. Turmeric and ginger are packed with anti-inflammatory power, and are especially good at helping to ease chronic joint pain. Pomegranates have almost three times more antioxidant oomph than green tea or red wine, and are another high-fiber food.
Goji berries are considered both a fruit and an herb, and have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. They’re full of beta-carotene and antioxidants, and according to a few recent studies, long-term consumption of these berries may even increase your energy. Pea protein is an easy-to-digest, vegan alternative to whey, and hemp seeds are a great vegan source of Omega-3s. The balance between sweet (pineapple and goji), and savory (red pepper and carrots) in this smoothie, along with the grounding nature of protein and healthy fat, will keep you calmly energetic all day long.
Carrot Coconut Refresh
Camu camu has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food, and when paired with an orange, pineapple (which has more vitamin C than oranges) and carrots (also bursting with vitamin C and beta-carotene), you’ve got a smoothie that’s practically glowing with immune-boosting goodness. When you add to that a few tablespoons of coconut flakes -- rich in fiber, iron and zinc, as well as good fats -- you’ve got the perfect morning drink to get your metabolism revving all day long.
Native to South America, yacon root is known mainly for its antihyperglycemic effects, which means that it has the ability to lower the amount of glucose production and ease blood sugar spikes. Cashews have the lowest fat content of any nut, and most of the fat they do have is the healthy unsaturated kind. Pineapple has more vitamin C than oranges or lemons, is full of fiber, and helps to keep the body alkaline. Round out this immune-boosting, low sugar smoothie with cancer-fighting polyphenols from grapes and potassium from cantaloupe, and you have a sweet treat that’s perfect for saying “I love you” without the crash that comes from a handful of heart box chocolates.
Sweet Sumo Kiwi
Developed in Japan, the sumo citrus fruit is a combination of a Japanese satsuma tangerine and a regular orange. Seedless and incredibly sweet, it’s extremely high in vitamin C and potassium. Kiwis and pineapple are also bursting with vitamin C, and pineapples contain manganese, which is essential for maintaining strong bones, and bromelain, an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation. Native to Southeast Asia, mangosteen has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making this vitamin C-packed smoothie a powerful ally against cold or flu germs that may be trying to bring you down.
Get-Up-And-Go Green Grapefruit
Vitamin C is a great immune-booster, but it’s also an important element to energy synthesis throughout the body -- which basically means that it helps our bodies convert food into energy. Luckily, this smoothie is full of vitamin C (grapefruit, pineapple and kale). It’s also full of protein, thanks to a scoop of easy-to-digest pea protein, which is essential for prolonged vitality. Because unsaturated fat is the most energy dense of all the macronutrients, the healthy fat in half an avocado and walnuts is also essential to feeling both mentally and physically alert. If you have a long day ahead of you, but still want to fall peacefully asleep at night, try this low sugar, low carb option.
Camu camu has the most vitamin C per serving than any other recorded food, and chlorella not only boosts immune systems, but also provides B vitamins that are usually only found in animal products. Pineapple, kiwi, pear and kale are all high in vitamin C, and coconut milk and cashews are bursting with healthy fat. If you want to walk around glowing like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (and give your immune and nervous system a boost), this is the smoothie for you!
This tropical smoothie is spring break in a cup! High in vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene, carrots are a great vegetable for your complexion. In addition to keeping your skin radiant, daily consumption of carrots may also provide a small amount of SPF. Because of its high vitamin C content, pineapple is another great ingredient for your skin, and goji berries have the antioxidants to help every part of you feel young. Goji berries are also full of copper, iron and riboflavin, trace minerals aren’t all that common in produce. In addition to protein, hemp seeds are a great vegan source of Omega-3s and Omega-6 fatty acids, the good kind of fat that helps with heart health, cholesterol, and even balancing hormones.
The soft, savory-sweet flavor of sage makes it a wonderfully interesting taste profile in smoothies, and the Rosmarinic acid in this herb has great anti-inflammatory properties. Sage has also been studied as being a bonafide memory enhancer. Native to South America, maqui berries are extremely high in antioxidants, and have been shown to aid in heart health. Combine these two superfoods with blackberries (rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C), pineapple (bursting with vitamin C), pear (fiber and potassium), and cashews (heart-healthy fat and protein), and you’ve got a low-calorie, nutritionally-dense sweet treat to start your morning off right.
Full of vitamin C and exceptionally good at fighting wrinkles and heart disease, strawberries may also help reduce inflammation in the body. Basil has also been touted as having anti-aging and inflammation-reducing properties, meaning this combination is great for glowing skin. Another win for beautiful skin are goji berries, which are packed with beta-carotene. Add in some healthy fat and vitamin E from walnuts, and some more vitamin C from pineapple, and you have a delicious, summer-inspired smoothie that will have you looking and feeling fresh faced and fancy free. Pro tip: Organic strawberries don’t have to be separated from their green tops, just toss the whole berry in, greens and all!
Orange Amla Colada
Packed with immune-boosting goodness, one small amla fruit has as much vitamin C as two oranges. Amla may also reduce heart disease and cholesterol, and has a ton of vitamin A, which is essential for collagen production. Get your skin and body glowing with even more vitamin C from pineapple and orange, as well as potassium from banana. Collard greens are also full of vitamin A (wrinkles be gone!), as well as fiber, iron and a few grams of protein.
Green Golden Berry Blend
Instead of lemonade at your next outdoor party, why not sip on this vitamin C and beta-carotene infused power snack? Golden berries (also known as ground cherries), which look like the orange version of regular cherries once they’re husked, have a sweet-tart flavor and are high in vitamins A, C and beta-carotene. Camu camu has more vitamin C than any other food, and pineapple is also loaded with the immune-boosting vitamin (as well as even more beta-carotene and manganese). Full of fiber, pears will help keep you satisfied, while the healthy protein and fats in cashews turn this drink into a bonafide meal.
Part of the stone fruit family, apricots are full of fiber and vitamins A, E, K and C, and have even been used as a holistic treatment for earaches. Rosehips, carrots and pineapple contain even more vitamin C, which means sipping on this sweet treat will make your face smooth and supple (and your immune system happy). Add in some coconut flakes for a bit of protein, fiber and iron, and you have a bright orange treat that will help you glow from the inside out.
Ruby Red Strawberry
A great source of vitamin C and manganese, strawberries have also been linked to a healthier cardiovascular system. Full of B-6, vitamin A, fiber and even a little bit of protein, cherry tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to help reduce diseases caused by cellular damage. Goji berries and hemp seeds, two powerful superfoods, give this refreshing smoothie a dose of protein, essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own, beta-carotene and fiber. Round everything out with vitamin C-infused pineapple, and you’ve got a sweet, cooling smoothie that’s also a perfect meal replacement. Pro tip: Strawberries are delicate. Don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them, as water speeds up their ripening process.
Sweet Potato Glow
Full of potassium, iron, and B6, sweet potatoes contain a super healthy dose of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production (a structural protein that gives skin its youthful elasticity). Camu camu, which has the highest amount of vitamin C per serving out of any other food, provides even more collagen-boosting effects, along with a brightening orange and some pineapple. Add some flaxseed to this skinalicious smoothie for fiber and Omega-3s, and you have a drink that will keep you glowing -- and going -- through even the busiest of days.
Apple Pineapple Express
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, and chia seeds are believed to have been used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas to increase stamina and ward off hunger. Rich in fiber, protein, healthy fatty acids and antioxidants, chia seeds also contain a healthy serving of calcium and iron. When you combine these powerhouse seeds with vitamins K and C from kale, more healthy fiber from an apple, and even more vitamin C and antioxidants from pineapple and mint, you get a low calorie, high fiber breakfast that will keep you going all day long!
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
There is nothing upside down about this smoothie! It's got all the right fruits, superfoods and flavors to energize and detoxify. Pineapple, the key ingredient, contains the powerful digestive enzyme, Bromelain. Bromelain aids in digesting protein, breaking down fats and reducing inflammation.
Pineapple Kiwi Kalm
In order to feel vibrant and stress free, proper sleep is needed. You know what you need for sound sleeping? Calcium. We’ve loaded this smoothie with kale to ensure maximum calcium absorption. Zinc is also an essential mineral in relieving anxiety, which is why we utilized cashews in this smoothie creation. Matcha is rich in amino acids which lower blood pressure, enhance memory, and improve your quality of sleep. Drink this smoothie to feel energized and invigorated during the day and sleep like a baby at night.
Purple Sage Pineapple
This drink packs a purple punch with unexpected elements! Blackberries and maqui berry powder are an antioxidant-loaded pair. The understated, savory flavor of sage plays off the sweet pineapple and apple. Sage is an outstanding memory enhancer, and contains many detoxifying flavonoids. Brain power-boosting walnuts contain vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants.
Pineapple has plenty of dietary fiber, which is essential to intestinal and digestive health. The spiky tropical fruit contains significant amounts of the enzyme bromelain, which breaks down protein and aids digestion. Flaxseeds are a complete protein (they contain all nine essential amino acids). And a generous splash of lime makes this a drink worthy of a mini-umbrella! 1
Pineapple Orange Greensicle
Drink this smoothie for digestion and inflammation issues. On second thought, drink this smoothie whenever you want because it’s delicious! Pineapple and turmeric both fight heartburn and indigestion. Orange and pumpkin seeds combine as a kind of natural vitamin C and zinc tablet, boosting immunity and creating nuanced flavors. Lacinato kale is the “black kale” of Tuscan cuisine, providing fiber and detoxification properties.
Creamy Pineapple Coconut
Do you like pina coladas? So do we! This tropical blend will transport you to a sandy beach and crystal blue waters. Well, not really, but we can indulge in the fantasy. Coconut is chock-full of good fats, and healthy oils. The bromelain in pineapple is excellent in helping ease digestion and heartburn. This smoothie may taste like a cocktail, but it’s full of dietary fiber and nutrients to keep everything moving.
This purple powerhouse is chock-full of antioxidant goodness. We’ve packed a wide variety of produce into this cocktail. Blueberries and acai berries contain anthocyanins and quercetin, which help reduce inflammation and may help sharpen mental faculties. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of cancer. Pineapples and oranges add a tart hit of fiber and vitamin C!
Spicy Pineapple with Cayenne
Pineapples are loaded with antioxidants, which fight free radicals in the body and help prevent cell damage. The sweet tropical fruit also reduces inflammation, important in combating skin’s redness and puffiness. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, another antioxidant that helps jumpstart the metabolism to aid in detoxification. Chia seeds contain large amounts of skin-healthy Omega-3s and Vitamin E. Fiber from apple and swiss chard keep the detox going!
Pineapple Blueberry Squash
Squash is tropical? Sure! When you mix it with tangy pineapple and juicy orange, the delicious vegetable takes on a delightful summer flavor. Yellow squash is rich in iron and folates, and contains lutein and beta carotene. Colored purple by blueberries and acai berry, this drink is full of antioxidants and fiber. Acai berries grow on a palm tree in South America— what could be more of a vacation vibe?
Orange Pineapple Power
Everyone knows that oranges are a great source of Vitamin C, but did you know that pineapple actually has more Vitamin C per serving? Pineapple also contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps reduce bloating. Goji berries are full of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and carotenoids, which have been linked to an increased lifespan. And let’s not forget about the good old yam, which is full of complex carbohydrates (the best kind for increased energy) and soluble dietary fiber. When you mix in a serving of hemp seed, which is full of protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, you’ve got a meal replacement smoothie that can get you through any kind of workout life throws at you.
Spinach Pineapple Bananza
Spirulina is an algae that grows in salty, subtropical waters. It has a very high concentration of protein, calcium, magnesium and iron per serving, is loaded with antioxidants, and has even been shown to help with muscle fatigue (because of its specific antioxidant compounds). Hemp seeds are a clean source of both protein and fat, bananas are great sources of potassium, and pineapples have more vitamin C than most other fruits. After drinking this smoothie, every little part of you should feel just a little bit healthier!
Pineapple Parsnip Passion
Parsnips are a starchy, high fiber, low calorie vegetable, making them a perfect base for a smoothie, and a great substitute for potatoes in many recipes. (This Thanksgiving, why not try a little parsnip puree instead of the usual mashed potatoes?) They’re also a good source of folate and vitamin C. Another great source of vitamin C is pineapple, which actually has more vitamin C per serving than an orange. Chia seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids (which is great if you’re a vegan, or just not into fish oil), as well as fiber, magnesium and calcium. Swiss chard is one of the most nutrient dense greens out there, full of antioxidants, beta-carotene, and yes, even more vitamin C.
Persimmon Pineapple Protein
Originally native to China, persimmons are now grown all over the world. Known as “nature’s candy,” persimmons have a sweet, almost honey-like flavor, and are full of vitamin C (one little fruit has almost 80 percent of your recommended daily allowance). Flax is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world, and flaxseeds are a rich source of Omega-3s. Pea protein rounds out this sweet, immune-boosting smoothie, blending seamlessly while providing plant-based protein that our bodies need to keep going from morning till night.
Also called an Inca peanut, sacha inchi is actually the seed of a plant that grows in Peru. Rich in protein, Omega-3s and vitamin E, sacha inchi has a mild, nutty taste, and has been shown to lower cholesterol. Low in fat but high in protein, fiber and micronutrients, snow peas are a winter vegetable staple that bring a light, fresh taste to smoothies. Add in some pineapple for a blast of vitamin C, grapes for cancer-fighting polyphenols, and hemp seed for Omega-3s, and you’ve got a smoothie that’s light on fat and calories, but big in nutrients.
Pineapple Coconut Energizer
Pineapple is high in vitamin C, which is of course great for your immune system, but it’s also high in manganese, which is essential for strong bones and connective tissue. Additionally, pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, a potent anti-inflammatory and cancer fighter. Both pineapple and chia seeds are high in fiber, with chia also being high in Omega-3s and calcium. When you add in half an avocado and coconut flakes, you get a sweet, creamy smoothie with tons of fiber to keep you full and satisfied all day long!
Pineapple Mint Punch
Simply smelling fresh mint has been known to aid in relaxation (which is key to living a long, healthy life), but the herb itself can actually calm a rumbling, upset stomach. The soluble fiber in an apple is great for helping a rocky digestion as well, and pineapple is full of immune-boosting, nervous-system calming vitamin C. One of the few vegetables with protein, collard greens are also loaded with vitamin A, a key vitamin for healthy skin and nails. Add some creamy, healthy cashews and lime juice, and you may just be transported to a tranquil tropical paradise — at least in your mind!
Pineapple Charcoal Detox
Routinely used in hospitals and emergency rooms to help with acute poisonings or overdoses, activated charcoal is considered a health food when consumed in very small doses. Because it binds and flushes toxins via adsorption, a process in which the toxins get stuck to the charcoal and leave the body when it does, it’s a great gentle detoxifier that may also help with gas and bloating. With healthy fiber from an apple, kale and flax, as well as good fats from coconut milk, this sweet and creamy smoothie should help your digestion move along at a healthy pace!
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