Pineapple Mint Smoothie – This light, fresh pineapple smoothie makes a beautiful healthy breakfast or snack! A perfect kid-friendly green smoothie! (Vegan, Paleo)
So…my kids don’t love vegetables. Yet.
They each have a few they’ll tolerate, but neither one loves green veggies. Smoothies have been our veggie-saving grace since they were babies, since both kids will blessedly sip veggies in a smoothie they’d never touch on their own. (I’m looking at you, greens!)
If I had to pick one fruit that’s best for kid-friendly green smoothies, it’s pineapple. Pineapple is the perfect blend of tart and sweet, and its brightness can cover up quite a lot of greens without impacting the flavor. That’s why you’ll find a lot of pineapple smoothie recipes on this site–Pineapple Ginger, Pineapple Coconut Lime, Pineapple Peach, and Pineapple Julius, to name a few!
Today, I’m revisiting one of our favorite kid-friendly pineapple smoothie recipes from when Milo was in preschool: Pineapple Mint Smoothies!
This fresh, bright pineapple mint smoothie is a delicious blend of flavors, fits in a dose of greens, and easily takes on extra smoothie boosts to add even more nutrients to the smoothie. It’s light, easy, and a perfect healthy breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.
Here’s what you’ll need to blend up a batch of our Pineapple Mint Smoothie…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY PINEAPPLE MINT SMOOTHIE:
FROZEN PINEAPPLE. I love using frozen pineapple in smoothies! It gives this pineapple mint smoothie a gorgeous frosty texture that’s so satisfying. (Especially when it starts warming up!)
LITE COCONUT MILK + WATER. To help the pineapple blend, I use a bit of coconut milk and water. If you want things more creamy, you can use all coconut milk. I find keeping it a little lighter lets the pineapple and mint flavors shine through. Yum!
SPINACH. I love adding some green to a smoothie! Spinach is our go-to for pineapple mint smoothies, since it blends so smoothly and won’t impact the flavor noticeably.
FRESH MINT. Then, our secret ingredient: mint! Don’t worry–it won’t make the smoothie taste like toothpaste! Instead, it’s subtle, cool flavor will brighten the taste of the pineapple. It’s LOVELY.
YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE BOOSTS. You can blend it up as-is, or you can feel free to add some of your favorite smoothie boosts. (See the FAQ for some of my favorites!)
YUMMY SMOOTHIE BOOSTS FOR A PINEAPPLE MINT SMOOTHIE:
COLLAGEN PEPTIDES. Collagen protein is my go-to for smoothies. I like that it doesn’t impact the flavor noticeably and it never upsets my stomach. It’s gluten-free, paleo, and non-dairy (no whey!), but isn’t suitable for vegans. If you’re looking for a plant-based option, you might like…
HALF AN AVOCADO. Hear me out! A little avocado will add some healthy fats (and more staying power!) to this smoothie. This amount isn’t enough to impact the flavor, and it’ll add a gorgeous creaminess to the smoothie.
CHIA SEEDS. Another option with healthy fats and fiber. I love chia seeds!
GROUND FLAX. Or, you can go with ground flaxseed. It has Omega-3 fatty acids, but does impact the flavor in large quantities, so start small!
FAQ + TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEST PINEAPPLE MINT SMOOTHIE:
DON’T HAVE A HIGH-SPEED BLENDER? I’ve been there. High-speed blenders, like Blendtec or Vitamix are unmatched when it comes to getting the smoothest smoothies around, but if you’re working with a standard blender, try blending your greens with the liquid (in this case, the coconut milk and water) before adding the other ingredients. I’ve found I can get a really smooth finish that way (and no big pieces of spinach left over!)
DON’T WANT TO MAKE IT WITH MINT? If you’re really not a mint fan, it’s okay! I understand. Feel free to skip it, though you may want to add a little squeeze of lime juice to brighten things up (a la this recipe).
TRY IT WITH LIME! If you want to play with the recipe a bit, try adding a squeeze of fresh lime juice to the smoothie along with the other ingredients. Lime + mint are so good together!
CAN I USE FRESH PINEAPPLE INSTEAD? You bet. If you’re making your pineapple mint smoothie with fresh pineapple instead of frozen, I suggest adding at least 1 cup of ice to the blender for a frosty finish.
CRAVING MORE YUMMY SMOOTHIES? YOU MIGHT LOVE:
- Pineapple Peach Perfection Smoothies
- Chai Spice Banana Smoothies
- Peanut Butter Acai Bowls
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- Blueberry Peach Smoothie
- Energizing Pineapple Ginger Smoothie