My all-time favorite smoothie! This Pineapple Spinach Smoothie is naturally sweet and is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast or afternoon snack. 150 calories and 7 Weight Watchers SP
Breakfast or afternoon snack time, this dairy-free pineapple spinach smoothie makes its way into my smoothie cup at at least once a week. Packed with dark, leafy greens and four different fruits, a portion of this helps to fill your vitamin quota for the day.
While my boys are all about berry yogurt smoothies, I usually opt for plant based smoothies because I have a tendency to overdo it on dairy at other times of the day. The frozen fruit in this green smoothie helps to thicken it, so I don’t ever miss the yogurt.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PINEAPPLE SPINACH SMOOTHIE:
These are the main components need for this recipe (affiliate links included)…
- Spinach: I typically buy bagged spinach, or regular or baby spinach. If you buy a tied bunch of spinach from the produce department, be sure to wash and drain the spinach well to remove any grit. There’s no need to remove the stems. Lightly pack the spinach into the measuring cup, then toss it into the blender.
- Water: My choice of liquid is water, but feel free to swap in any sort of soy or nut milk, coconut water or regular milk.
- Banana: I use half a banana to sweeten things up. With all of the other fruits in this smoothie, you really can’t taste the banana (I know that some of you aren’t banana lovers.)
- Orange: One peeled navel orange adds extra fiber and liquid.
- Frozen fruit: Look for unsweetened frozen pineapple and mango chunks. I find mine at Trader Joe’s for a great price!
- Protein powder: Your choice! I happen to use this hemp protein powder, but use your favorite. Keep in mind that not all protein powders are plant based, so read the labels if that’s important to you.
- Flaxseed meal: A great source of omega-3s. I use this one.
Tips for making a pineapple green smoothie:
I know you’re thinking, “Why do I need tips for making a smoothie? Don’t I just throw everything in a blender?” Well, yes and no. I’ve made this smoothie so many times that there’s now a specific order in which I add ingredients so that I end up with the smoothest drink possible. It ain’t called a SMOOTH-ie for nothing. 🙂
Pour the water into the blender and add the spinach. Puree until the mixture is really smooth. If you don’t do anything else, do this! I find that if I add the spinach later or along with other ingredients, I’m left with little chunks of spinach, no matter how long I puree it.
Next up…protein powder, flaxseed meal, banana and orange. Puree again.
The last to go in is the frozen fruit. If your blender has a crushed ice feature, pulse on this setting first, then puree.
Why does this have so many SmartPoints?
If you follow the Weight Watchers™ program, you likely rejoice when you see a recipe that is made mostly of fruits and veggies because they are zero points on most of the plans. HOWEVER, drinks do not get this zero point pass. If you blend the fruits and veggies, those points count. Bummer, right? The reasoning is that drinks aren’t as satisfying or filling because you don’t chew them, making it more likely that you’ll consume more than you realize.
Other smoothie recipes:
Pineapple Spinach Smoothie Recipe
- Pour the water into a blender and add the spinach. Puree until smooth.
- Add the protein powder, flaxseed meal, banana and orange. Puree.
- Add the pineapple and mango chunks. If your blender has a crushed ice feature, start with that, then puree until smooth.
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