Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
A deliciously refreshing drink

Pineapples are a tropical fruit native to Central and South America.  A strange looking fruit, with their rough, scaly skin and crown of spiky blue-green leaves, they are actually not one fruit but a composite of many flowers circling a central core.  Each fruitlet is identified by an “eye”, the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface.  The fruit inside is sweet and juicy.

The second most popular fruit after bananas, another tropical fruit, an exciting way to enjoy them is in a pineapple smoothie recipe.

While fresh pineapple has the superior taste, many of us still prefer to use the canned variety.  Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that we find the prospect of peeling and cutting up a pineapple rather daunting.

But if you prefer the fresh variety, what should you look for?

How to Select Pineapples

When buying fresh pineapple hold them in your hand and feel their weight.  They should feel heavy for their size.

Size doesn’t make any difference.  There is no difference in quality between small and large pineapples.

They should be free of any soft spots bruises or darkened “eyes”.    The fruit should have a fragrant, sweet smell.  Avoid anything that smells musty.

Pineapples stop ripening as soon as they are picked, so choose one that is fully ripened - it won't continue to ripen.

Storage

Fresh pineapple can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days, but watch them closely.  Pineapple is very perishable.   After this time, they can be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic for a maximum of three to five days. 

If you have cut your pineapple into pieces, store in an airtight container.  It helps if you store the pieces in some liquid, like the juice from the pineapple.

Pineapple Colada Smoothie

Ingredients

1 banana, frozen
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice (8-ounce or 200 g can)
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup coconut yogurt
½ teaspoon coconut extract

How to Make

Place the banana, pineapple, coconut milk, yogurt and coconut extract in a blender.  Blend on high until all the ingredients are well mixed and your drink becomes smooth and creamy.

This makes one glass.  Double the recipe for two.



Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

strawberry pineapple smoothie

Ingredients

1 c cubed pineapple, chilled
1 c sliced strawberries, chilled
½ c vanilla frozen yogurt
1/3 c orange juice
Dash of ground nutmeg

How to Make

Place the pineapple, strawberries, yogurt and orange juice into a blender and process until creamy. 

To serve pour into a glass and sprinkle ground nutmeg over the top.     Serve immediately.



Mango Pineapple Smoothie

mango pineapple smoothie

Ingredients

1 mango
1 frozen banana
2 slices of pineapple
1 c of coconut milk

How to Make

Peel and chop the mango.  Add the mango to a blender along with the banana, pineapple and coconut milk. 



Melon Pineapple Smoothie

melon pineapple smoothie

Ingredients

1 c honeydew melon
½ c pineapple
1 frozen banana
½ c coconut milk
2 tablespoons lime juice
Chopped fresh mint leaves

How to Make

Peel and de-seed melon and cut into chunks.  Chop pineapple into pieces.  

Place into blender together with banana, coconut milk, lime juice and chopped mint leaves.  Blend together until smooth and creamy.  Pour into glass.





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