Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie is the ultimate tropical breakfast! Packed with vitamin C plus 7g of fiber and protein.
Who needs a smoothie recipe, you ask?
You need a smoothie recipe, my dearest pal! Now that the weather is nice and steamy, I'm craving chilly, refreshing smoothies like nobody's business. And while I tend to throw everything but the kitchen sink in the blender and pray for a miracle, they often taste less delish than I imagined.
So here we are on this sunny summer morning with a glorious, cold gift for your face. It's the BFF of my Tart Cherry Chocolate Smoothie. An epic tropical smoothie packed with good-for-you ingredients plus a couple you may not expect. Because this is no basic food blog, mmmmmk?
How to make a strawberry pineapple smoothie
This breakfast smoothie recipe could not be easier!
- Throw all your ingredients in a blender. I use my Nutribullet.
- Pour into a glass, add a straw or perhaps a tiny umbrella, pretend you're on a beach, and sip away the goodness.
Key ingredients and substitutions
- Strawberries: You can use whole frozen strawberries or sliced. I get the big 48oz bags at Target. I find Target and Costco have the best prices on frozen fruit.
- Pineapple: Love me some frozen pineapple tidbits!
- Banana: We're actually using a fresh ripe banana since we're going frozen for the other fruits. A pitted date works as a substitute.
- Peanut butter: I like natural salted peanut butter. This adds creaminess and a fab flavor compliment to the tropical fruit. You can omit it or swap a tablespoon of hemp or chia seeds for creaminess if you don't do nuts.
- Coconut: For tropical flavor! I love unsweetened shredded but flaked also works, as does good old sweetened coconut if that's what you have in the pantry.
- Almond milk: Any milk, regular or non-dairy, will work. You could also do half orange juice for more bright flavor, or even a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Coconut water is another option.
Add in ideas
- Greens: Make it a green power smoothie with a handful of fresh spinach, kale, or chard.
- Protein powder: Add a scoop of protein or collagen to give it extra staying power.
- Citrus: I love a squeeze of lemon or lime juice here for brightness and vitamin C!
How to make creamy smoothies
- Use less liquid: Too much milk or water means a runny smoothie. Use just a bit less liquid than fruit for the perfect ratio.
- Don't over-blend: Stop just when all the fruit is blended and the mixture is uniform. Over-blending means more heat and thinner smoothies.
- Add fat: Avocado, chia seeds, hemp seeds, peanut butter and almond butter add healthy fats to help create that dreamy texture.
- Add banana: Banana really does help achieve creaminess. Frozen is usually ideal but in this recipe we're using fresh since the other fruits are frozen.
- Add ice: Adding a couple ice cubes helps easily thicken any smoothie! This is great especially if you don't have frozen fruit on hand.
Is a smoothie a healthy breakfast?
You bet your bottom dollar! There's no tastier (and easier) way to pack several servings of fruits and veggies into one meal. The key is making your smoothie filling enough (i.e. balanced with protein and fat versus just fruit) so that your blood sugar stays stable and you're not reaching for a snack an hour later.
I do this by adding a scoop of protein powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds and/or nut butter for protein and staying power. Avocado is amazing for supreme texture and healthy fats!
Is there a lower sugar option?
This smoothie is naturally sweetened with nutrient strawberry, pineapple, and banana. While I'd argue it has a healthy amount of sugar balanced with fiber, fat and protein, perhaps you want to knock the sweetness down a bit!
You can easily use less fruit and swap it for frozen riced cauliflower or zucchini.
Can I make it without banana?
For sure! You can sub a pitted medjool date for sweetness without banana flavor. You could also add half an avocado, but the smoothie will be less sweet.
More healthy smoothie recipes
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Zucchini Smoothie
- Creamy Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie
- Tart Cherry Pie Smoothie
- Snickerdoodle Chickpea Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Refreshingly creamy Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie bursting with tropical flavors is the ultimate healthy breakfast. Packed with vitamin C plus 7g of fiber and protein!
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ½ medium ripe banana
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (I like salted!)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice, a splash of OJ is great if you have it!)
- Place all ingredients in a blender (I use my Nutribullet) and blend until smooth. Sip away and pretend you're on the ocean!
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