Healthy Pina Colada Protein Smoothie
Well hey there friend! I’m so glad to see you here in this New Year!
My goodness, how are we already in 2019? It seems that the years are starting to fly by (now I’m sounding like my Granny! haha! )
I wanted to start the New Year off right by sharing this simple and delicious Pina Colada Smoothie.
I receive so many requests for smoothie recipes here on the blog, so I thought what better way to ring in the New Year than with one of my very favorites – Pina Colada Smoothie.
Smoothie make a perfect breakfast, lunch, or even snack when you’re trying to eat healthier or shed a few unwanted Holiday pounds.
Back when I was in college, I lived on smoothies and relied heavily on them to keep me fueled and healthy for the day.
I had very little time to get up, make breakfast, and run out of the door so I always made smoothies for breakfast.
While I have tried and created many delicious smoothie recipes (just wait, those recipes are coming to the blog in the next few weeks!) my all-time favorite is this Pina Colada Smoothie.
If you love the fresh flavors of coconut blended with the sweetness of fresh pineapple and banana, you are absolutely going to love this smoothie recipe.
The added bonus is that it is packed full of protein that will keep you full for hours!
Are Smoothie’s Healthy for You?
I have often asked myself this question when making a smoothie.
Am I really improving my health by drinking this or am I just enjoying a “healthier” dessert in a glass?
The answer to this question is that a smoothie can be very healthy for you – if you know how to make them right.
Now, let me just say right here, I am not a doctor or a dietitian. I’m just a recipe developer who also happens to be a wife and mother, just like some of you.
I’m that tired mom standing in the kitchen at 6am wondering what I can throw together quickly before I have to get my family dressed and out of the door.
Enter, the Pina Colada Smoothie.
A well put together and balanced smoothie is just as nutritious and satisfying as a plate of eggs, bacon, and toast.
However, if you really want that smoothie to hold you over you need one key ingredient – protein powder.
You will burn through the carbs quickly (the fruit) but that protein and the nut butter will stick with you a little longer.
Adding a healthy fiber to your smoothie (ground Flax or Chia seeds) is another great way to help your smoothie keep you full longer.
How to Make a Pina Colada Smoothie: The Basics
There are some basic things you need in order to make a good Pina Colada Smoothie – or any smoothie, for that matter.
One of the most important things to consider is the equipment you’re dealing with.
You really want a quality, high-powered blender for a super smooth and thick smoothie.
You do not have to go out and spend a large amount of money on a blender.
Just get something that works for you and is large enough to make about 2 smoothie at a time.
When I’m in a rush of a morning, I like to lay out everything that I’m going to need for a fast Breakfast Smoothie.
Here I’ve laid out my 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup fresh frozen pineapple chunks, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, and 1 tablespoon creamy cashew butter.
Should I use Fresh or Frozen Fruit for Fruit Smoothies?
You should use both fresh and freshly frozen fruit for fruit smoothies.
Never, ever use canned fruit in a fruit smoothie! This is your opportunity to get some real, fresh, wholesome and raw ingredients in your body.
Don’t blow that opportunity by using canned fruit unless you absolutely have no other choice!
I find that adding frozen fruit completely eliminates the need for adding ice to chill and thicken my smoothie.
That’s right, you heard me correctly!
You will never see me using ice in my smoothies if I can help it. Using ice in a smoothie waters down the delicious, vibrant flavors of the fruit.
If you use store-bought frozen fruit, make sure the only ingredient is fruit and no added sugars have been sneaked in.
You can also purchase fresh fruit from the store in bulk during a sale and wash/chop it, then add it to the freezer for your smoothies.
Tips for Making the Best Pina Colada Smoothie
Let’s talk about protein powder for a minute.
I’m no expert on protein powder, but I do suggest sticking with a low carb/low sugar brand.
I used 1 scoop of vanilla 100% whey protein in this Pina Colada Smoothie but any protein could be used.
I also used 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk.
The coconut milk I used doesn’t come in a can – it’s in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
Lastly, I used 1 tablespoon of creamy cashew butter which you could sub for almond or sun butter.
Pina Colada Protein Smoothie
Once your ingredients are laid out and ready to go, it’s time to add em’ in.
I don’t have a method for adding the ingredients to my blender, I just toss them in.
This is also a great time to add any additional ingredients you may desire.
For more fiber, add in 2 tablespoons of ground Flax or Chia seeds.
For a probiotic boost, add in 1/2 cup of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt.
To infuse your smoothie with extra antioxidants, add in 2 cups of fresh, raw spinach leaves.
Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie with Coconut Milk
Once you get all of your ingredients added in, you’re probably going to worry that you don’t have enough liquid.
Let me ease your mind right now and tell you, 1 cup of coconut milk is plenty of liquid for this smoothie.
If you are tempted to add more coconut milk – resist! It will only result in a very watery smoothie.
How to Make the Perfect, Thick, Pina Colada Smoothie
Snap your blender onto the base and begin blending at medium/high speed.
You don’t have to blend for long – just enough for the smoothie to become completely smooth and thick.
You don’t want the smoothie over-blended and watery but you also don’t want chunks of fruit remaining.
Each blender will vary, but it usually only takes me about 2 minutes to make this Pina Colada Smoothie in my blender.
The Perfect, On-the-Go Breakfast Smoothie!
And there you have it, the perfect, on-the-go breakfast smoothie – the Pina Colada Smoothie!
This is one your kiddos will try to steal for you, so better go ahead and make a double batch! 😉
If you’re looking to eat healthier in the new year and you need something fast and easy, I can’t think of a better breakfast.
I hope you have enjoyed your time in my kitchen today because I have sure enjoyed having you here!
I hope your New Year has got off on a great start and that you have a very happy, prosperous, and healthy 2019.
Stop back in soon to visit with me and cook some more delicious recipes together!
Pina Colada Smoothie
This Healthy Pina Colada Protein Smoothie makes the perfect fast and delicious breakfast or lunch!
- 1/2 ripe banana peeled
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tbsp creamy cashew butter
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder any low sugar/low carb protein powder
Place all ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend together until completely smooth with no chunks remaining. (about 2 minutes).
Pour the contents of the blender into 2 glasses or one large glass for a big breakfast smoothie.
Add 2tbsp of ground flax or chia seeds for a fiber packed smoothie!
Add 1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt for a probiotic boost!
Add 2 cups fresh, raw spinach leaves for an antioxidant rich green smoothie!
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