Some things are best left simple.
In my opinion, smoothies are one of those things. I really prefer smoothies without too much fuss or too many frills. Sure, you can make great-tasting drinks with lots of ingredients, but I’ve found that by keeping things pretty simple–just a handful of ingredients–you get to really savor and enjoy the flavors.
In this pineapple coconut lime smoothie, you can really enjoy each of the ingredients individually. The pineapple brings a tangy tropical flavor, the coconut adds silky creaminess and a good dose of healthy fats, and the lime brightens things up. It’s a tangy, creamy, bright match made in heaven.
While simplicity is a beautiful thing, you can absolutely tweak this smoothie. Sometimes, I’ll add a tablespoon of chia seeds or I’ll go halvsies by subbing in 1 1/2 cups mango and 1 1/2 cups pineapple instead of 3 cups straight pineapple. You can also certainly make this a green smoothie by adding in some spinach.
NOTES ON THE RECIPE
Make it Green. Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits for making green smoothies work with little ones. It seems to mask any strong taste from spinach or kale if those aren’t your jam. I sometimes toss 1/2-1 cup of spinach into this
Make it a Popsicle. I’m a huge fan of smoothie popsicles for snacks. This is a great one to freeze in a popsicle mold for a super refreshing, healthy treat. You can make popsicles out of the whole batch, or just freeze any leftovers if you’re just making a smoothie for one.
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- 3 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (or more, as needed)
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- Place all ingredients in the blender. Puree until completely smooth, adding more coconut milk as needed.
(If desired, add ½-1 cup spinach to this recipe to make it a green smoothie.)
To make popsicles: pour smoothie into popsicle molds, insert sticks, and freeze 3-4 hours or until frozen solid.