Pink Pineapple Protein Smoothie

Anyone else feeling the need for a post-holiday reboot?  Party food and cookies notwithstanding, the bigger assault to my system just so happened to come by way of a nasty virus that hit me just days before Christmas.  

Instead of attending a long-planned dinner out with my cousins, a fancy holiday party, and my family’s annual Christmas Eve celebrations, I spent the three nights before Christmas barely holding my head up after doing my best to scrape through the always busy days before Christmas.  Happily, I rallied on the 25th and truly enjoyed the day.  

Whether in need of a mild dietary detox or an antidote to a cold or the flu, smoothies offer a perfect solution.  With the right ingredients, smoothies can be nutrient-rich, hydrating, and delicious.  The addition of protein makes them a satisfying meal replacer, and the built-in frostiness will soothe–at least temporarily–even the most severe sore throat.  Plus they’re quick to make with items easily stored in the freezer and pantry–no jumping through hoops required! 

For added ease, the following thick and creamy smoothie–which my kids happen to adore–requires just five ingredients. A combination of pineapple and strawberries creates a pretty pink drink, and the addition of vanilla protein powder provides staying powder and added flavor.

Because this smoothie is a favorite in our house, I’ve made it many different ways over the years based on what I have on hand or to simply experiment. Although the recipe calls for frozen fruit, which creates a thick, spoonable smoothie, you may use fresh seasonal fruit if you like a thinner consistency that can be sipped through a straw.  Or to maintain some of that satisfying thickness, start with a little less liquid or add a half cup or so of ice.

Because not all protein powders are created equal, I recommend choosing a brand you trust and looking at the list of ingredients. For both taste and quality of ingredients, two of my favorite options are powders made by Bob’s Red Mill and Healthy Skoop. Lately, I’ve been using the Bob’s option, and I recently starting sprinkling a little extra on top. Seriously, I have never been tempted to do that with a protein powder before, but this one’s really good! 

Pink Pineapple Protein Smoothie
Just five ingredients create a healthy and filling meal replacement that's frosty, creamy, sweet, and tangy.

Yield: one 16-ounce or two 8-ounce smoothies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks*
  2. ½ cup frozen strawberries** (slightly rounded to account for space between the whole berries)
  3. 1 small frozen banana or half a large, cut into chunks*** (about 3 ounces or 80 grams without peel)
  4. 1 cup almond or coconut milk, unsweetened (from carton; may sub milk of choice)
  5. 1 scoop (20 grams) vanilla protein powder (I really like Bob’s Red Mill’s vanilla powder)
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth, scraping down the sides and giving a stir as needed. I find it helpful to stir in the protein powder first so it doesn’t poof up and stick to the sides of the blender. Use the blender’s tamper to keep the mixture churning, if necessary. If you don’t have a high-powered blender or prefer a thinner smoothie, you may add more milk.
Notes
  1. *I prefer to use frozen fruit. If using fresh, especially in the case of the pineapple, the smoothie won’t be as thick. In this case, you may want to experiment with a little less milk and perhaps a handful or two of ice.
  2. **For a slightly tangier smoothie, you may use a half cup of red raspberries instead of strawberries. I’ve also made this with half red and half blackberries. When using tarter raspberries, you may wish to add a teaspoon or two of honey.
  3. ***For those who don’t care for bananas or have any on hand, I have made this smoothie several times without. The banana does add thickness, creaminess, and natural sweetness without tasting strongly of banana, but it’s still tasty without.
  4. I sometimes top with a spoonful or two of vanilla yogurt when I’m splitting the smoothie into two smaller portions and want the servings to be a bit more filling. You may choose your favorite variety of yogurt, although this is purely optional.
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For a purple pineapple smoothie (below) and a slightly tarter taste, you can use raspberries, blackberries, or a combination of the two.  For an extra protein hit (and a pretty swirled look), pour half the smoothie into a glass, add several tablespoons of yogurt, and then top with the remaining smoothie.

This combination of five easy ingredients (six if using yogurt) also makes a great base for a smoothie bowl. Simply pour into a bowl and sprinkle with granola, nuts, shredded coconut, and other toppings of choice.  

 

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  1. Mary Lou Keller

    I definitely need a re-set Ann! I have been eating so poorly for last couple of months, and stressed and then shingles… no fun at all! I have seen ads for Bob’s Red Mill protein powder, but I have not seen in the stores so I may have to order some. You are right, there are so many protein powders to choose from and it is overwhelming! Where do you find your Bob’s Red Mill protein powder? I really do love all of their products.

    I am sorry you were sick before Christmas but happy to see you are feeling better. There have been some awful viruses going around. Take care and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Mary Lou! I feel for you with the shingles and am hoping you are feeling better very soon. I am able to buy Bob’s Red Mill protein powder at my regular grocery store. You can purchase it from the company website if you can’t find it anywhere else. The last time I checked, their prices were as good as any of the online discount sites.

      Happy New Year to you, too…I’m wishing good health for both of us! ❤️

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