healthy in a hurry- pineapple coconut green smoothie

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It’s that time of the year again when I wish I was in the tropics. Laying on the beach with a (vegan) piña colada in hand, soaking up the sun and getting a good dose of vitamin D. Lounging the day away with not a care in the world other than what delicious dish I’m going to eat for dinner and weather to get a massage or a manicure.

You know what? I’d even settle for a day where I didn’t have to venture out in the cold!

The solid 6 months of winter is starting to wear on me. Anyone else? While there is an end in sight, I need a little escape! And while my budget doesn’t allow for a trip, I can certainly try and mimic the tropical feel with a few ingredients hiding away in my fridge and pantry.

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And best yet, this treat comes together in a matter of minutes so you’ll be sailing to the tropics in minutes!

Now apart from the much-needed escape this smoothie provides, it’s packed with nutrition!

  • Pineapple: apart from the numerous vitamins and minerals, pineapple is also naturally high in enzymes which help to digest your food!
  • Coconut water: rich in electrolytes, coconut water is a super hydrator
  • Coconut oil: rich in medium-chain triglycerides to give you loads of energy and high in lauric acid for antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties
  • Flax seed- rich in fibre to help keep you regular and phytoestrogens to help regulate hormone levels
  • Spinach: rich in minerals to help alkalize your system
  • Coconut flakes: fibre and healthy fats
  • Protein powder (I used Oriya Organics): easily digestible plant-based protein
  • Greens powder (I used Oriya Organics): energy, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, pretty much everything!

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-Free, Raw)

Ingredients (1 meal or 2 snack-sized smooth)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coconut water (or more to desired consistency)
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 scoop favourite protein powder (I used Oriya Organics)
  • 1 scoop greens powder (I used Oriya Organics)
  • favourite sweetener to taste

Instructions

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend away until smooth!

I hope this smoothie helps lift you all out of a winter funk! If you need more ideas, why not try…

PicMonkey Collage

lime cornmeal pancakes with ginger-infused syrup

avocado mango bruschetta

tropical oatmeal

lemon coconut hemp seed bites

banana coconut cream pie oats

What about you guys? What tools do you use to brighten your mood in the dead of winter?

 

38 thoughts on “healthy in a hurry- pineapple coconut green smoothie

  1. Smoothies are my way of battling the winter blahs. I’m not quite ready for it to go, though. I’m savoring every time I need to cuddle up under a blanket or wrap a scarf around my neck because I know it’ll be very soon that I’ll be hot and wishing it would cool down. :-)

    • I need to do that too Kristy! I am actually not very good in the heat and often find myself wishing for the cold. I just need temperate weather and I’ll be happy. You’re right though- there’s nothing more satufying than curling up with a blanket and tea when it’s cold out!

  2. Oh my gosh Gabby we could not be more DONE with winter! Thankfully we’ve got a trip to Hawaii on the horizon – just 3 weeks to go! I’ll have a smoothie for you there! Loving this smoothie – delicious!

  3. It’s about this time that summer breaks me, so I get you :) I’m glad it’s officially autumn (fall) here now, which means the weather should be cooling down – and is starting to – even if it’s still hotter than I like. I hope the same starts happening for you with warmth, and that smoothies like this tide you through until then!

    • Canadian summers are never long enough to break me! Sure we have heat waves, but they always break then I’m back to enjoying the warmth. I do love fall though, so I always get excited for it! I can imagine though that months of extreme hot would really wear on me! Hope it keeps cooling down for you :) You’ll be back to sipping hot tea in no time!

  4. Not only am I over winter, I’m over Colorado winters, where it is 61 degrees one day and 32 degrees and snowy the next. Like it was yesterday and today. This is the perfect smoothie to put me in warm-weather steate of mind!

    • Oh our winter has been like that too and it’s so frustrating! I would rather it just be cold! All the temperature switches gives me migraines and I’ve had more of those lately than I’d like!!

      This smoothie will definitely do that. Crank your heat, play some Hawaiian music and sip your way into pretend-tropic heaven :)

  5. I am definitely with you, I’m SO OVER winter! I would love to be sitting on a beach somewhere soaking up the sun (and Vitamin D!) and warmth. I seriously can’t wait for spring… and summer even more so!

    This smoothie is so pretty! That green is so deep and rich and full of nutrients! I love the pineapple and coconut combination. I’ve had similar smoothies but I love how you pack a ton of nutrition into yours :) I’ll definitely have to try this when fruit is back on the menu!

    • I actually really love spring. I love the smell, the flowers and that it’s not too hot. I even love the rain! So I’d definitely settle for that. 

      Thanks Sarah :) I figure smoothies are the perfect canvas for packing in nutrition, so why not? I mean if it tastes delicious anyway, there’s no reason not to!

      Hope the “no fruit” thing is going well for you! It’s hard, but I know you’re up to the challenge!

  6. I need to start including pineapples in my smoothies more! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to try this one out…

  7. Oh my gosh, I am *so* with you. I love living in climates that have all four seasons, so I don’t hate winter, but I do hate the last months of winter that are *supposed* to be spring. Minnesota is a fan of the looooong winters.

    This tropical treat sounds like a good pick me up to the winter blues though! I just continue to take a lot of hot yoga classes and pretend it’s warmer than it is. Sigh.

    • I know, I would miss the seasons if I didn’t have them, but it’s this last little bit where winter drags on that I can’t take. Why is it that winter is the longest season and it’s my least favourite??

      Oh hot yoga, such a saviour! I finally started an energy exchange so I can start doing some again! I’m really excited :)

  8. I am just like you! I yearn for the tropics or anything hot & sunny! ;)
    I am adding coconut flakes to everything ;)
    This smoothie sounds really yummy… I would love to try it ;)
    Stay strong girl! ;)
    xoxo

  9. This smoothie looks so delicious! We just had a beautiful weekend with highs in the 80s here in Los Angeles. This would have been perfect for the weekend. I will definitely be making this soon!

  10. This post is hilarious to me, because I’ve been telling everyone around me that this past weekend was the weekend where winter broke me. Since November, it’s been a novelty for me, all this snow and insane cold. But this weekend, my spirit crumpled and said “enough”. MAKE IT STOP GABBY I’M SO SICK OF HAVING TO BUNDLE UP IN A BILLION LAYERS TO GO OUTSIDE.

    • Aww Hannah! Don’t worry, it’s pretty typical to have this point be the official “I am SO SICK of this!”. So all of us Canadians are right there with you!

      Just keep thinking, it’s March, which means April is soon and that means joyous, beautiful, and most importantly warm spring!

    • At least we are in March now right? Which means it’s almost April and that means spring!!!

      I love our blogging community- it’s so hard to find other people who love green drinks this much! Usually I get strange looks and shudders ;)

  11. I’m with you too! OVER the cold weather! This smoothie looks and sounds delightful and I have everything in house. Stay warm and Spring will be here soon. :)

  12. Oh I’m SO with you! I’ve had it with winter! Tired of piling on sweaters and coats, hats and gloves. Trying to tell myself spring is in sight…

    In the meantime, this smoothie will help with those green cravings!

    • Yes, having to bundle up everytime i go out is starting to annoy me! As is slipping on sidewalks and getting splashed with slush by inconsiderate/distracted drivers!

      Hahah I love that- instead of green grass and trees I’ll get my greens in a smoothie :)

  13. Pina Colada by the fire place still sounds great! Looks great and healthy! Yea, the 6 months winter up North is tiring – I certainly do NOT miss the winter-part of living in Wisconsin. Unsure how I have ever survived 10 (11?) winters there! I am a summer girl to the bone. Only a few months to go – you can do it, then the incredibly hot summer is coming!!! :) Keep sipping your healthy cocktails :)

    • Hahah sometimes opposites attract right? 

      Where do you live now? I think I would miss the seasons were I to move away from the winter, but I could certainly do with a less extreme and shorter one. I think Europe would be my ideal local ;)

      Yes! I just keep thinking it’s almost Easter, which means it’s almost spring, which means it’s almost summer!!

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