Green-Coconut-Pineapple-Smoothie

It is flu season and the sick making germs are going around everywhere. But I am not giving in. I am still trying ward the virus off by consuming as many immune-boosting foods and drinks as possible.

This Green Piña Colada Smoothie makes a great nutrient + vitamin filled breakfast, lunch or snack. And can you believe that despite its colour it truly tastes like a cocktail that should be sipped somewhere on a tropical island. How is that for warm, flu-fighting thoughts??

Pina Colada Green Smoothie

The liquid ingredient in this smoothie is coconut milk. It lends the drink part of its awesome island flavor and makes the smoothie suitable for anyone avoiding dairy in their diet. I also add a couple tablespoons of organic shredded coconut because I love coconut and the bits of texture, but its totally optional.

The fruit component are frozen pineapple and banana. The pineapple together with the coconut milk create the delicious Piña Colada flavor. While the banana doesn’t add as much flavor it helps to create the creamy smoothie consistency.

Green Pina Colada Smoothie

And finally the GREEN…. The striking colour of the smoothie comes from the hidden vegetable component – tender baby spinach! Well, at least flavor-wise its hidden. You can absolutely not taste the leafy green but it adds a whole bunch of goodness to the smoothie. To name a few there is potassium, vitamins A, B-6 and C, magnesium, calcium and of course iron!

Here is to eating and drinking healthy this season, and hopefully staying healthy too!

Green Pina Colada Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Makes 2.5 cups - 2 medium servings

Green Pina Colada Smoothie

Fight off the flu bug with an immune-boosting Green Piña Colada Smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp organic shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Directions

  1. Place the ingredients in a blender or food processor in the order they are listed above. Layering from liquid to frozen makes for easier blending.
  2. Garnish serving glasses with a piece of pineapple and coconut rim, if desired. Serve right away.
  3. Leftovers can be frozen to make green popsicles.
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12 Responses to Green Pina Colada Smoothie

  1. I love the idea of this- pina coladas are pretty much the only coconut thing I like, and having them in a healthy smoothie sounds amazing!

    • Regina says:

      I am in the same boat right now. I used to be nuts over anything coconut but pregnancy has turned around a lot of my food loves, including coconut. However, this smoothie went down like nothing :)

  2. This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol (a rare thing). So, thank you! I recently started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/01/15/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-10/

  3. Well, you had me at green – all the other stuff was just cherry! I am now day-dreaming of enjoying one of these on a beach wrapped in the arms of my first love – Kermit. ;)

  4. mmm nice green color and great pictures!

  5. […] 22. Green Pina Colada Smoothie If you like pina coladas you can use this recipe to jump on board the green smoothie bandwagon. It captures the essential flavors of a pina colada but gives it a serious nutrition upgrade by adding spinach and a banana to it. This means it will come out smoother and creamier than an ordinary pina colada, and it will have a striking green color. You’ll get the coconut flavor from coconut milk, and the pineapple flavor from pineapple. Paleo is all about sourcing its flavors from nature, so no artificial flavors here, it’s all the real deal. […]

  6. Gen says:

    This is seriously the best green smoothie ever. I have made it everyday this week for breakfast!

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