Pineapple Smoothie With Protein

This quick and refreshing Pineapple Smoothie is a tasty way to start your morning! This recipe can be modified to meet your dietary preference.

Clear glass filled with pineapple smoothie with a red straw.

Pineapple Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but anytime we get together with family, we’re surrounded by a smorgasbord of food!

I’m telling you, the foodie DNA exists!

Proof was on the table with an extended family gathering packed with unlimited amounts of dishes; keto fried chicken, tri-tip, baked ribs, sausage, hot dogs, potato and green salads, asparagus rolled in prosciutto, pizza, chips.

Who brought those evil Sun Chips? A lot of sweets too, Texas sheet cake and lemon thumbprint cookies; between my mom and I we baked 6 different types of cookies!

Such an amazing delicious feast!

Clear glasses filled with pineapple smoothies

Refreshing Pineapple Smoothie

Knowing that there are so many good cooks and lots to munching that’s going to happen, I enjoy the day eating whatever the heck I want.

It’s the following day where my food intake will be throttled way back. Limiting my carb and sugar intake to as low as possible is a pattern that really seems to work well for me.

I find this keeps me on track with my dietary goals and in my same sized clothes for pretty much all my adult life (although it’s getting tougher)!

Pineapple smoothie with chia seeds in a clear glass

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Protein powder
  • Diced pineapple: I use fresh or freeze chunks myself. Learn how to cut a pineapple in this post.
  • Liquid like unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 of a banana fresh or frozen (optional, but extra yummy).
  • Chia seeds
  • Ice if you are using fresh fruit
Ingredients to make a healthy pineapple smoothie

Adjust To Your Preference

You can adjust this recipe very easily to a dairy-free or vegan beverage or a mix of some of the following;

  • Cow milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Oat milk
  • Water
  • Coconut water

Protein Options:

As many milk choices there is there are just as many protein powder options. My personal favorite is unflavored or vanilla low carbohydrate, sugar free whey or pea proteins.

  • Whey protein: see below for the brand I use
  • Soy protein
  • Plant based
  • Egg protein
  • Greek yogurt, plain is another protein option

Additional Add-Ins:

  • Flax seed: I like to use ground flax seed. It’s full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Chia seed: Another high fiber and heathy omega-3 nutrients.
  • MCT or coconut oil for additional fats for a full meal replacement.
  • Shredded coconut because its yummy
  • Fruits: banana, strawberries, melons are some of my favorite fruits to add in smoothies.

I’ve had this smoothie with coconut water, and almond milk. I also have added chia seeds, and made it with an additional ½ of a banana.

The base is delicious just as it is, but personalize the recipe to your taste! How about adding cantaloupe for a pineapple melon smoothie?

Ingredient to make a healthy smoothie

Smoothie Macronutrients

I’m often asked what type of protein powder I use. I have been using True Athletic protein powder (not an affiliate) for quite a while.

This brand blends well with other ingredients. In addition, the base is ideal; sweetened with stevia, 3 carbohydrates, 120 calories, 20 grams of protein and 2 grams of sugar. No GMOs in the product either.


The nutritional breakdown for this basic Pineapple Smoothie recipe is made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk (45/calories), pineapple (82/calories), protein powder (120/calories) totals 247 calories.

Total protein 22 grams, carbohydrates 25 grams, sugar 16 grams.

To lower the carb you may consider skipping the banana.

Of course, these macronutrients will vary depending on the brands you use.

Smoothie in a milk bottle with a pineapple

More Smoothies To Try

Love smoothies? Try this blackberry banana smoothie or how about a strawberry coconut smoothie?

Bright pink smoothie with strawberries and coconut flakes in a clear glass
Clear glass filled with pineapple smoothie with a red straw.

Pineapple Smoothie

Fresh pineapples with low carb protein powder make this refreshing smoothie the perfect breakfast or afternoon pick me up!
4.42 from 17 votes
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, pineapple, protein, smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 cup liquid of your choice almond milk, water, coconut water, soy milk
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 banana optional
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds optional
  • 2 cups ice more if you like it frothy


  • Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until your reach you desired consistency. Add more ice if needed.


If using frozen fruit you may not need to add ice.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 29mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

This recipe was originally posted May, 2014. I have since updated it with new photos and additional content (July, 2020).


Creamy pineapple smoothie with sugar free protein powder. Tasty way to start the day! #smoothie #tropical

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  1. This is a FANTASTIC summer smoothie recipe!!! I could so see me taking this out to drink in the mornings by the pool while the kiddos swim and I catch up on my Paula Deen magazines 😉

  2. I love the look of your smoothie! I’m a big fan of pineapple. I love the image where you serve it with cream on the top and the pieces of pineapple next to the glass. I think pineapple and coconut work beautifully together – this is almost like a pina colada – almost! xx

  3. Hi Sandra, how lovely to have a family reunion. I really enjoy spending time with family since everyone is spread out all over the place. And what could be a better to celebrate than with this smoothie. Looks so good!