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Bright, vibrant, and nutrient rich–this Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, or as I like to call it, healthy piña colada smoothie is a must try! It’s easy to make, packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients, tropical flavours and a boost of turmeric and ginger. It comes together in 5 minutes in a blender and is delicious as a breakfast smoothie and pre or post workout fuel. It’s vegan, gluten free, nut free, paleo and banana-free as well! You can turn it into a thick smoothie bowl, or enjoy as a sippable smoothie.
How to Make a Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
This pineapple coconut milk smoothie requires very little hands on time, but I do recommend taking one prep step: freezing your coconut milk! Instead of using bananas, we’re using frozen coconut milk cubes to add both thick texture and creaminess. I recommend reserving a little bit of additional coconut milk to blend, or using another plant milk to help it along.
To prepare your frozen coconut milk cubes, simply shake up a can of full fat coconut milk, pour into an ice tray of choice and freeze until solid.
Next, when ready to enjoy your sunshine smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender with plant milk as needed and blend until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy immediately.
How Much Turmeric in a Smoothie?
Adding turmeric to a smoothie is a wonderful way to give it an extra health boost, as turmeric has been linked to supporting healthy inflammation. It also adds a beautiful colour, and is easily hidden among the pineapple and coconut flavours. You can use either fresh or ground turmeric, which is typically easier to find.
Fresh turmeric root resembles ginger root, but with an almost neon orange interior. It has a deep earthy, bitter flavour and is much more potent in flavour when used in place of ground turmeric. I recommend grating if using in this smoothie, to make blending easier, and using roughly 2 teaspoons.
Ground turmeric is much easier to find in the spice section of most grocery stores. It’s milder in flavour and very easy to use! I’d recommend using about a teaspoon of ground turmeric to start, and you can always adjust to taste as you go.
An optional, but highly recommended tip: add a pinch of ground black pepper! You won’t taste it in this Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, but adding it will maximize the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric. As a rule of thumb, I almost always pair turmeric with a secret pinch of pepper for this reason.
Benefits of Ginger in a Smoothie
Ginger contains gingerol, which has incredible medicinal qualities! It has anti-inflammatory properties, and may also reduce pain.
For the digestive system, ginger can do wonders. It can help to improve digestion, and is also wonderful for treating nausea or an upset stomach.
When blended into a smoothie, you can easily reap the benefits and it adds a nice spicy kick too. It balances out the sweetness of the pineapple, and the creaminess of the coconut milk.
Fresh ginger is highly recommended when preparing this smoothie.
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