You know that girl who makes a green smoothie when she gets home from yoga? I’m totally that girl.
(Or I was, back when I wrote this post nearly a year agao, before the shoulder reconstruction, when I was still going to yoga. Upside is that I can nearly raise my arm over my head at this point in time so a return to yoga is looking more promising every day. Also, it’s a good thing I looked at my draft posts or this may have been lost forever in the black hole of unpublished content, ahem. Ok, back to our regularly scheduled, aka previously written, programming…)
I figure that if I can get a big fat dose of vegetables and nutrients in one go I may as well, and besides, I really do like green smoothies.
This version was inspired by a pineapple that was sitting in our kitchen, and something I’d read that day about the bromelain in pineapple assisting in the breakdown and absorption of protein into your muscles.
Since I’d just gotten home from yoga (yep, got that in again) and had a rogue jar of pea protein floating around in the cabinet, a post-workout pineapple & lime smoothie was a logical conclusion.
Also, it tastes fun and tropical and has at least two serves of veggies — and if all else fails, it’s a great smoothie to drink in your activewear. Everybody (and every body, haha) wins.
Fun and tropical, this smoothie is packed with protein absorption-boosting bromelain and a couple serves of green veggies. It's a win-win.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- ¼ cup coconut water or regular water
- juice from 1 lime
- ½ avocado
- 1 thin skinned (Lebanese) cucumber
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 1 Tbsp pea protein powder, optional
Add banana, pineapple, coconut water, lime juice and protein powder (if using) into a jug and blend until smooth. Spoon about half the mixture into a glass.
Add avocado and cucumber to the jug and blend again until smooth, spoon half into the glass again. Add spinach leaves, blend a final time, and tip remaining smoothie into glass. Leave as is or poke a chopstick down the side of the glass to create icicles of colour.
Ooooooorrrrr just dump it all in a blender, then in a glass or a bowl, and call it a pineapple green smoothie day!
- If you prefer you can add a handful of cashews instead of the protein powder or leave it out altogether. You can also use vanilla pea protein but I go for the plain to avoid added chemicals and sugar substitutes.
vegan // vegetarian // gluten-free // dairy-free // refined sugar-free