Is there anything better on a hot day than sipping on a cold, fruity drink? It's even better if you're lucky enough to be sitting on the beach…sigh. But boy, we love this Piña Colada green smoothie beach or no beach!
Pineapple and coconut just go together like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, or macaroni and cheese. We love blending up rich, creamy coconut milk and sweet pineapple with iron-rich spinach for a healthy breakfast (or treat).
Rich in bromelain, pineapple is rich in bromelain, is great for preventing bloating. It's also very rich in vitamin C, which give the immune system a healthy boost. The vitamin C also helps the body absorb the iron in the spinach.
Coconut milk contains healthy fats that will help you feel satisfied and keep you full longer, and make this extra creamy and rich. We like blending coconut flakes, too, but they are optional in this recipe. Add them in for more coconutty flavor, fiber, and healthy fat. (By the way, did you know including a healthy fat in your green smoothies helps you absorb the other vitamins and nutrients too? #rawesome)
If your a fan or fruity tropical drinks, check out another green smoothie take on a favorite cocktail – Tropical Mango-Rita.
PIÑA COLADA GREEN SMOOTHIE
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons coconut flakes unsweetened (optional)
- 3 cups pineapple fresh
Blend spinach, coconut milk, water and coconut flakes, if using, until smooth.
Next add the pineapple and blend again.
* Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.