Coconut Pineapple Smoothie: a simple and healthy breakfast or snack that will taste like a vacation in every sip.
Easy to blend up, this smoothie combines pineapple, coconut milk, yogurt and sweetened shredded coconut.
We’ve used frozen pineapple chunks because they’re easy, but swapping fresh pineapple is even more delicious. Simply add a cup of ice cubes to the blender.
Pour into 2 glasses, add a straw, sit back and dream of tropical islands.
Ever since our son came home from Panama, he’s been craving tastes of the tropics.
And lately, I’ve been joining him. Almost obsessing over pineapple. Which isn’t a bad thing since it’s incredibly healthy!
So instead of obsessing… I’m indulging. The quick fix? This Coconut Pineapple Smoothie!
Not only does this smoothie taste like a little like paradise, it’s healthy too. Here are 9 health benefits of pineapples.
9 Health Benefits of Pineapple
1. Rich Source of Immune Boosting Vitamin C
Pineapple has a whopping 131 percent of your daily value of antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps to minimize coughs, colds and flu symptoms. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a role in maintaining the health of the body’s connective tissue as well as acting as an antioxidant.
2. High in Fiber
One medium pineapple contains 13 grams of fiber. Fruits that are high in fiber can lower your risk of colon cancer and blood glucose levels.
3. Improves Fertility
The antioxidants in pineapple, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and the other vitamins and minerals that are present, including copper, affect both male and female fertility.
4. Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease
Pineapple supports heart health because of its fiber, potassium and vitamin C content.
5. Prevents Asthma
The beta-carotene that is found in plant foods like pineapple helps to lower the risk of developing asthma. Toxins, poor nutrition, pollution, antibiotic abuse and stress play a large role in the development of asthma.
6. Helps Mental Health
Another health benefit of pineapple is that it helps depression and anxiety. Pineapple is a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which is used by the body to produce enough serotonin.
7. Helps Fight Cancer
In 2007, researchers published a groundbreaking article in the Plant Medical Journal about pineapple’s bromelain being found to be far more effective than the traditional chemo-agent used in the treatment of cancer.
8. Reduces Inflammation
The benefits of pineapple include the ability to help those suffering from arthritis and joint pain because the bromelain in pineapple can speed up the healing process from surgeries to treating sports injuries.
9. Aids in Digestion
Pineapple serves as a powerful aid in breaking down proteins into peptides and amino acids, which aids digestion. It can ease the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, and it helps the general digestive processes. It also helps to prevent autoimmune responses due to common food allergies.
Ready for a sip?
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie: a simple and healthy breakfast or snack that will taste like a vacation in every sip.
2 cups frozen pineapple chunks (or use fresh pineapple, see “notes”)
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 (6 oz) container vanilla or coconut yogurt
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
Combine the frozen pineapple chunks, coconut milk, yogurt, and coconut in a blender. Blend until smooth. Thin with additional coconut milk if desired. Pour smoothie into two glasses, add a straw, some toasted coconut if you’d like, and take a trip to the tropics!
To substitute fresh pineapple for frozen, add 1 cup ice cubes to the blender. If using frozen pineapple, and they’re a bit tart, drizzle with a little honey.
- Calories: 155 calories
- Sugar: 21 g
- Sodium: 68 mg
- Fat: 4 g
- Carbohydrates: 27 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 153 mg
Keywords: smoothies, pineapple, coconut