Aloha and welcome to the final day of our 5 Day Smoothie Challenge. Today we have the Aloha Smoothie, appropriately named in honour of its delicious tropical pineapple and coconut flavours. Take a trip without leaving your kitchen, and enjoy island vibes with each sip!
This is my fourth year doing a smoothie challenge and every time I do one, I think I should do them more often! What do you think?! I love following along with all of you and helping bring something new to your mornings. This was an especially good week to reset and refresh as we came off of the holidays and back to the grind! I hope these recipes brought as much brightness to your day as the did mine.
Adding pineapple to a smoothie
I LOVE adding pineapple to my smoothies, and if you can’t find a fresh one (or want to skip the hassle) frozen chunks are easily found at your grocery store. It is a great partner to all of your frozen fruits and is packed with antioxidants. It’s got that fresh flavour that adds an instant ZIP, which is great for the morning time! It’s also not slacking at all in the nutrition department either.
Health benefits of pineapple
Pineapple is far from just a pretty garnish! It can help with digestion (contains an enzyme called bromelian), rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C), minerals like manganese (helps with growth and metabolism), and is FULL of fiber, water, and antioxidants.
What is coconut water and how healthy is it?
Coconut water is the liquid found inside of a coconut. Coconut milk on the other hand is an emulsion of shredded coconut blended with water. Coconut water is low in calories and contains some electrolytes; while it can add a hint of coconut to the smoothie, it may not be the most reliable substitute for replacing electrolytes for long bouts of exercise. Coconut water will keep you hydrated, but when you exercise three hours or longer in the heat or adverse conditions, your body requires higher levels of simple carbohydrates and electrolytes not adequately found in coconut water. Choose a coconut water that is unsweetened if purchasing.
Coconut water or a lite coconut milk works great in this smoothie together with the tropical fruits. It pairs beautifully with the pineapple and banana in this recipe and is a great dairy-free option for all smoothies. Or of course, you can simply use your preferred milk of choice instead of coconut milk or coconut water in a pinch (you just won’t get that same flavour)!
5 Day Smoothie Challenge Roundup
Didn’t have a chance to try all the smoothies yet? See them all on the blog here or save them for later! Comment below which ones was your favourite and how your week went!
The Aloha Smoothie, is appropriately named in honour of its delicious tropical pineapple and coconut flavours. Take a trip without leaving your kitchen, and enjoy island vibes with each sip! Add hemp hearts to this smoothie to add protein and fibre!
- 1/2 banana (frozen preferred)
- 3/4 cup pineapple, frozen and chopped (or fresh chopped)*
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (vanilla, coconut or plain)
- 1 cup coconut water or lite coconut milk (or other milk of choice)
Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and serve!
*add a handful of ice cubes if using fresh fruit