This quick and refreshing Pineapple Smoothie is a tasty way to start your morning! This recipe can be modified to meet your dietary preference.
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.
Such an amazing delicious feast!
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)!
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
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
- Coconut water
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
- 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?
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.
More Smoothies To Try
- 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.
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).
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