A tropical pineapple smoothie like a beach party treat with anti-inflammatory properties from 5 ingredients, including celery seeds. Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan.
Pink Pineapple Smoothie
A delicious 5-ingredient pineapple smoothie that is kid-friendly yet tastes like a pina colada. And best of all, it's sweetened by fruit only, as in pears and pineapple. That's it! No need for sweeteners, even healthier ones like maple syrup.
The wholesome nature of the ingredients are the reason behind the powerful healthy benefits this smoothie provides.
Aching joints? Headache? Queasy tummy? All be gone with the powerful inflammation properties of this yellow frosty treat. And the mental boost that comes from drinking a beachy tropical drink like this are also huge.
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Ingredients in This Pineapple Smoothie
So where does this tropical flavor come from? It's in the pineapple coconut combination. Here are the ingredients you need to make this delicious refreshing smoothie.
Pineapple - Of course. But fresh or frozen? The answer is frozen to keep the drink frosty. You can buy frozen pineapple in bags in the freezer section, or you can buy fresh chunks or even a whole pineapple, chop it up and freeze that.
Coconut milk - If you follow my blog, you know I use a lot of canned coconut milk for creamy treats. No canned coconut milk here. You can use the cartons of coconut milk found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. That's because that milk is more watered down, and you want that in this smoothie. For texture, but also because the fat content is lower than the milk found in cans. You can use canned lite coconut milk but it might have other additives so I'd stick to the refrigerated coconut milk.
Fresh Pears - I like to sweeten all my smoothies with fruit. I often use pears because they are sweet yet neutral in color. I realize loads of people use bananas, and you can totally use a banana here instead. I personally don't like bananas in my smoothies and find them too sweet and too thick.
Lemon juice - Even pears and pineapples are sweet so in contrast I like to freshen the flavor with a bite of citrus. Plus the added lemon juice means more vitamin C.
Celery Seeds - only a teaspoon and you can find them in the spice section of your grocery store. These are optional for anti-inflammatory boosting.
Raspberries - to make a portion of the finished pinapple smoothie pink!
How to Make A Pineapple Smoothie
It's easy to make this two-toned smoothie.
STEP 1: Blend all the pineapple smoothie ingredients together.
STEP 2: Remove all but one cup of the yellow smoothie from the blender and add in the raspberries. Blend that until you have a pink smoothie.
STEP 3: Serve both colors layered. I layered mine with some fresh coconut yogurt for even more of a tropical feel.
How To Store A Pineapple Smoothie
I typically recommend you drink your smoothie immediately. If you must, refrigerate your smoothie only a day. Any longer and the nutrition starts to diminish.
But you can freeze them. I tell you all about smoothie cubes here and provide recipes so you can create cubed smoothies to store and make as needed.
To store this smoothie simply, pour it into an ice cube tray, freeze overnight. Put the cubes in a sealed container or storage bag in your freezer. The night before you'll want a smoothie, put six cubes in a glass and set it in the refrigerator.
The next morning, blend again if you must or stir. You can add a half a cup of coconut milk if need be to loosen it up to blend.
How to Make A Frozen Pineapple Smoothie Popsicle
Pour the mixture in a popsicle mold and insert sticks and freeze. That's it! Don't have a popsicle mold? Use paper cups, bathroom sized are the perfect mold. Just remember to insert sticks or straws before they freeze solid.
How This Pineapple Smoothie Helps with Inflammation
Bromelain is the substance in pineapple that knocks inflammation out of your body.
In case you didn't know, inflammation is at the root of many issues -- from sadness to serious illness. So I decided to put at least one anti-inflammatory smoothie into my daily regime.
Other Ingredients to Add to This Pineapple Smoothie
Want to up the inflammation power? Here are a few other ingredients that you could consider adding in small amounts: broccoli, spinach, sweet potato, papaya, berries, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, pineapple, cucumber, parsley and more. Even a lesser known inflammation fighter, celery seeds.
Just be sure to add these in small amounts to not drown out the pineapple coconut tropical flavor.
Another ingredient that you could add won't necessarily boost anti-inflammatory power but it is such a popular smoothie add-in I thought I'd share: Spinach
To add spinach to this smoothie, you'd add 1 tightly-packed cup of leafy greens to the blender after you've add the liquids. Bear in mind, this addition will add a tinge of green to the otherwise yellow smoothie.
How Celery Seeds Fight Inflammation
I thought one ingredient might catch your eye and deserve a bit more detail.
Celery seeds, which develop off the flowers of the celery plant, can be bought from your grocery spice section. The seeds have long been used in alternative medicine and is known to be a very strong anti-inflammatory. The tiny seeds, which actually taste like celery, are also said to support digestion, detox, and de-bloating effects, according to at least one study. As with all supplements or new ingredients, be careful about possible allergic reactions and certainly consult your medical support person with any questions.
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Pink Pineapple Smoothie
- 2 ½ cups pineapple, frozen
- 2 cups coconut milk, not canned, refrigerated use refrigerated almond-coconut milk flavor if you prefer. I like Silk brand.
- 1 fresh soft pear, cored and peeled or not or use 1 frozen banana if you prefer
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp celery seeds (found in your grocer spice section)
Pineapple Smoothie with Pink Tinge
- 1 cup pineapple smoothie (this recipe)
- 1 cup raspberries, frozen
- ½ cup pineapple smoothie (this recipe)
- pinch turmeric powder
To make pineapple smoothie
- Blend all pineapple smoothie ingredients until frosty smooth.
To make popsicles
- Freeze in paper cups or a mold with popsicle sticks for a frozen treat.
To make parfait
- Blend ingredients, and then remove all but one cup of the mixture from the blender and add in the strawberries. Blend until combined and pink. For yellow, remove a half cup of original smoothie, and stir in a pinch of turmeric powder.
- Serve the smoothie colors by layering one on the other. I layered mine with some fresh coconut yogurt for a tropical feel.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.