This energizing pineapple and ginger green smoothie is so refreshing and delicious! It’s a favorite among everyone in my family and loaded lots nutrient packed fruits and veggies like pineapple, banana, spinach and a kick of ginger! Despite being a green smoothie, you can’t taste the greens at all and my kids absolutely love it (great way to sneak in some extra veggies)!
When it comes to smoothies, I’m usually one of those people that throw in whatever I have around that needs to be used and hope for the best. For the most part, smoothies are pretty simple to make on the fly, but green smoothies can be a bit trickier to get that perfect blend of sweet with the addition of greens. I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite green smoothies, energizing pineapple and ginger smoothie, below so make sure to give it a try.
Green smoothies are a really great, quick and convenient way to add more greens in your diet. I love whipping up green smoothies for a healthy breakfast and they can be a wonderful way to add lots of powerful nutrients and superfoods into your daily routine. I’ve shared 12 of my favorite summer smoothie recipes on the Zulily blog too (the green goddess is a face) if you want further inspiration!
Green smoothies have so many great benefits for our health. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients (like vitamin C and vitamin A) and antioxidants that are wonderful for boosting our immune system. Unlike cold-pressed juices, smoothies have a high fiber content which is incredibly helpful for digestion and help to keep you full and energized all day long without that crashing feeling you can have from more high sugar or caffeinated options. Finally, green fruits and vegetables are loaded with chlorophyll (the substance that gives them their green color), which has detoxifying properties, restores skin for a glowing complexion, and also can be energizing!
While green smoothies can seem a bit intimidating, the right combination of fruit and veggies can create green smoothies that tastes absolutely delicious! Everyone in my house loves green smoothies, even my kiddos, which makes it a great way to add some extra green vegetable goodness to my kiddos diets.
When making green smoothies, here are a few quick tips for making the best green smoothies:
- Invest in a powerful blender that can seamlessly blend all your ingredients together.
- Balanced ratio: The right ratio of green vegetables to fruits is a must for a yummy balance of sweetness from fruit and gaining all of the nutritional benefits from your greens. A good rule of thumb is: 1 cup of greens, 1 cup of liquid and 1 cup of fruit for a balanced and sweet green smoothie.
- Healthy liquids: Use healthy liquids as the base of your smoothies. A few great options: nut milks, oat milk, water or coconut milk
- Add healthy fats: Healthy fats, like those from nuts, seeds, avocado or even coconut oil, help your body absorb more nutrients.
- Boost it: Add a scoop of protein powder, spices (cinnamon, ginger, etc.) or superfoods (like collagen, ashwagandha, maca powder, hemp hearts, etc) for an additional powerhouse boost.
- When blending, add your greens and liquid first and blend to avoid chunks of greens. Add fruit last and blend a second time.
- Skip the ice and freeze your fruit instead to avoid watering down your smoothie.
- Prep ahead of time by adding all cut fruits and vegetables into a reusable bag and freezing. When ready to make, add to the blender with your liquid of choice.
Energizing Pineapple and Ginger Green Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie is the perfect light and citrus infused smoothie! I love the addition of ginger for a twist on the normal tropical inspired flavor! The sweet and citrus of the pineapple pairs perfectly with the spicy pop from the ginger. Greek yogurt is always a favorite to bulk up my smoothies with a little extra protein too. Pineapple provides a major dollop of immune and skin boosting Vitamin C and bromelain which is anti-inflammatory as well. Ginger has also been shown to be great for immune support, digestion (wonderful for anti-nausea) and is also inflammatory. Ginger can be very strong in taste, so you may want to start with smaller amounts and add more to your taste