Piña Colada Smoothie

Ah, the green smoothie…either you love them, hate them, or are afraid to try them. :D Why would you want to have a green smoothie? Well, they an easy way to increase leafy greens in your diet. Leafy green vegetables are low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, and low on the glycemic index. Best of all they are full of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial phytochemicals. Honestly, I’ve had a few green smoothies that were just plain awful, but this my friend is not one of those.

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My Piña Colada Smoothie is a great introductory green smoothie. Aside from it’s beautiful color you would never know it is loaded with fresh baby spinach.

Spinach is full of antioxidants called flavonoids and carotenoids. The flavonoids in spinach have been found to function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.  Two carotenoids in spinach (lutein and zeaxanthin) are antioxidants that aid in vision and help prevent age-related macular degeneration.

Spinach has lots of nutrients and is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A, iron and folate.

Vitamin K is a fat-solube vitamin that aids in blood clotting and helps maintain bone health.

Vitamin A promotes good vision and helps maintains good skin health.

Iron is important as it helps hemoglobin hold oxygen in the blood.

Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that functions as a coenzyme in the synthesis of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and metabolism of amino acids.

Magnesium helps lower blood pressure and prevents arrhythmia.

Calcium is needed for healthy teeth and bones, nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and blood coagulation.

 

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Piña Colada Smoothie
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Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup fresh mango chunks
  • 1 small banana
  • 4 oz 0% plain greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients into blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.

 

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I love the tropical green Piña Colada Smoothie. Yes, it is green, but all you taste is delicious pineapple and coconut flavors. Drink up and you’ve just added 2 servings of a healthy green vegetable to your diet. :D

 

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Comments

  1. Oh … you always send a lovely ray of sunshine on gray, snowbound days! Just what I needed this morning! And don’t you just love how you can jam an unbelievable amount of greens (especially mild-tasting spinach) into a smoothie … and except for the green color, you’d never, ever guess the greens were even in there? Nutritional alchemy! :D

    • Ah, we have snow falling here today and this sure does brighten up my mood. You are so right, spinach is a great green to use in a smoothie. Especially great if you are new to green smoothies :D With this combination you only taste pineapple and coconut, and get the great benefits of the spinach. Even my kids like it :D

  2. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    I have yet to try green smoothies :O I mean, I’ve been wanting to do so for months, but I stll haven’t got round to it whoops. Your recipe looks like a lovely one to start with. The color’s great, and the flavor combo sounds so yummy!

    • Here you go Consuelo, a perfect to introduce you to green smoothies. This one is very mild and full of delicious tropical flavors. :D

  3. I love pina colada and incorporating the flavors into a green smoothie sounds awesome and so healthy Cindy! I can’t wait to give this a try :)

    • On winter days like these this as close to being on a beach and sipping in a piña colada. I’m loving these flavors and the benefits of a green smoothie!

  4. I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever made a green smoothie. I’m not even sure if I’ve ever tried one. But I’m thinking this is a great way to start… pina colada?! YUM! I can imagine I’m on a tropical beach instead of in the crazy winter cold right now!!

    • I’m definitely a smoothie lover. Love mixing all varieties and combinations :) But it’s tricky getting good flavor without bitterness. This Piña Colada Smoothie is the perfect answer :) now if this white snow falling were sand on a beach I’d be in heaven!

  5. Yes, I’m sure you hardly notice the spinach in this. The pineapple and mango sound like a heavenly combination!

    • Thanks Mary! That’s what is so great about this green smoothie, you’d never know you were having greens aside from the color. Even the aroma is sweet pineapple! :D

  6. I love the health factor in your smoothie. Pina coladas are my favorite so I’m definitely giving this recipe a try!

  7. I love trying different recipes for green smoothies. And I really love coconut, mango and pineapple so I will definitely have to try this soon!

  8. Oh YUM! This made my mouth water when I read the ingredients. I love smoothies and am always looking for new flavor combinations. Pinned!

  9. This sounds amazing! I love that it doesn’t have any added sugar!

    • Thanks! The fresh fruits are so deliciously sweet that you don’t need to add anything else to it. :D Hard to beat that, right?!

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