January 7, 2019
Try this healthy pineapple green smoothie for a delicious way to drink your greens and your protein without any leafy texture or flavor. It’s made with only 4 simple ingredients for a nutritious breakfast or post-workout meal.
Thanks to its tropical flavor, this easy smoothie recipe makes getting your greens an option even the kids will enjoy.
Benefits of a Pineapple Spinach Protein Smoothie
Aside from its delicious, creamy pineapple flavor, this green smoothie is packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein.
The vanilla protein powder and pineapple do a perfect job of masking the spinach with a tropical flavor, making it an excellent option to get those leafy greens into your picky eater’s day. And since it’s high in protein, I find this recipe perfect for a quick post-workout meal or whenever I need something on the go.
When I first started making this smoothie, even my 2 year old loved it. I ended up packing this smoothie in lots of lunchboxes every year, so my kids get that extra boost during the day!
Pineapple Protein Green Smoothie Ingredients
Here’s everything you’ll need for this green protein smoothie:
- almond milk: you can also use regular milk.
- frozen pineapple: high in vitamin C and Manganese. Frozen pieces give the smoothie a frosty, thick texture.
- spinach: a good source of vitamin K and A. Use fresh since frozen spinach can have an overpowering and bitter flavor.
- vanilla protein powder: any of your favorite vanilla protein will work. This one is also high in vitamins and minerals.
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How to Add Protein to a Green Smoothie
Most protein powders pack a generous 20 grams per serving along with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a highly nutritious and convenient supplement.
I typically add protein to my smoothies because it gives them a thicker consistency and makes them more satiating, so I stay full for hours.
You’ll find more benefits of protein powder, along with my favorite choices for recipes like this smoothie in this post.
How to Make a Pineapple Green Smoothie with Protein
This green smoothie is a one-step process you make in the blender. A tip for smoothies that blend evenly is to start with liquids first, then add solids.
Add all of the ingredients to a blender in the order listed and blend until smooth.
- Grab a straw
Transfer the smoothie to a glass and sip up!
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Want to see how easy this protein smoothie is to make and learn some tips to make your green smoothies not taste leafy? Check out this video.
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Is It Okay to Drink a Green Smoothie Every Day?
Options like this green smoothie are an effective way to get yourself and your kids eating green foods and veggies. However, it’s also important to get that fiber, minerals, and vitamins from whole sources such as steamed broccoli, baby carrots, bell peppers, etc.
That being said, a green smoothie a day is a perfect complement to those other veggies! And if your kids can’t get on board with the green color, then try this Blueberry Spinach Smoothie. It also has greens but the blueberries give it a nice purple color.
Considering how difficult it is to eat enough vegetables in our diet, drinking my green smoothie makes me feel like I’ve accomplished a health goal for the day. I realize that every day we have a choice to eat good for us foods or not, and I like feeling great about my choices.
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe as much as I have. Getting started drinking your daily green smoothie is simple and delicious when you have the right recipe. And, doing something that makes you feel good -like eating the right foods, exercising, recharging, meeting friends, reading a book… are all great things to live a good life.
Pineapple Protein Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein
- Add all ingredients inside a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.