Packed full of nutrition, this vegan Green Pina Colada Smoothie is as delicious as anything you’d have on a beach in paradise! All you’ll taste is sweet pineapple and coconut.
The first time I had a real pina colada was on a beach in Thailand. It was served in a coconut shell, and I still remember how refreshing sipping on it was as I lay in the sun with my feet in the sand reading a book. For me, pina colada represents vacation!
And green smoothies represent busy days when I want to get a lot of nutrition in without taking a lot of time to do so.
Vacation, meet nutrition, in the form of this beautiful drink.
I’m not even kidding when I say that this Green Pina Colada Smoothie tastes just like the real thing. Give it a try for yourself and see if you don’t feel like you’re sunbathing on a tropical shore. And with today marking the unofficial start to summer, what better way to celebrate?
Happy Memorial Day to all, and heartfelt gratitude to all who have sacrificed for our country.
How to Make a Green Smoothie
You can use any number of leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, collard, etc., but try not to pick something that’s too bitter because you’ll be drinking it raw. Put the greens into the blender first, and then the other heavier ingredients on top to help push down the greens. You can just go with any green veggies and fruit you have on hand, or you can customize a flavor like I did with this Green Pina Colada Smoothie.
No matter what combination of flavors I’m whipping up in a green smoothie, I like to include some kind of healthy fat, such as coconut oil, coconut milk, nuts avocado, grass-fed dairy, etc. to make a more satiating meal.
Can Green Smoothies be Used as a Weight Loss Tool?
Green smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of different nutrient-dense foods into one meal. There really isn’t a magic weight loss food though; in order to lose weight, you need to burn off more calories than you take in.
How to Fit Smoothies Into Your Meal Plan
Smoothies come together in just a matter of minutes (if your smoothie takes longer than 5 minutes to whip up, there’s something strange afoot), so they’re an easy fit into a busy schedule right off the bat. You can mix one before heading out to work and sip on it on the way, or enjoy it pre-workout or post-workout. And I even enjoy making a smoothie for dessert; based on the flavor, it can be a good replacement for ice cream!
Other Delicious and Healthy Smoothies
- Minted Blueberry Balsamic Smoothie from An Edible Mosaic
- Strawberry Mango Chai Smoothie from Sweet Peas and Saffron
- Paleo-Friendly Snickers Smoothie from Healthy Sweet Eats
- Cinnamon Sweet Potato Almond Butter Smoothie from Spoonful of Flavor
- Almond + Joy Smoothie from An Edible Mosaic
- Wild Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie from Life is But a Dish
- 1½ cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup chopped frozen pineapple
- ¾ cup chopped frozen mango
- ¼ cup (60 ml) canned unsweetened full-fat coconut milk (see Note)
- ¼ cup (60 ml) water
- Chia seeds
- Bee pollen (omit if vegan)
- Shredded coconut
- Frozen berries
- Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed and process until smooth, tamping down the ingredients as needed.
- Serve immediately, with any toppings you like.
Sweetener: I find that the pineapple and mango make this smoothie sweet enough without the need to add sweetener. I recommend tasting it before you add sweetener. If you decide you want it a touch sweeter, you could try adding honey or stevia.
To Keep This Vegan: Use a vegan milk, vegan sweetener (if desired), and skip the bee pollen topping.
Thickness: Note that the longer you blend a smoothie, the less thick it will be. I like to just blend until the smoothie is combined so my smoothies start off really thick, almost with the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. That way I can take my time drinking them and they’re still pretty thick even after 20 to 30 minutes.