Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie

Breakfast is not a meal that should be skipped- even if you’re in a hurry. It gives you the energy you need to start the day. For me, I must eat something in the morning or my stomach will grab everyone’s attention with its loud growls until lunchtime. If I wake up late and I don’t have time to sit down and eat a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, I make a quick smoothie to take with me as I head out the door.

Fruit smoothies are a great way to begin the day with a big serving of fruit and lots of vitamins your body needs. Pineapples are full of vitamins A, C, and folate and minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Just the one cup of pineapple used in this recipe provides about 96 IU of Vitamin A, which may protect against night blindness and dry eyes. The goodness doesn’t stop there. Pineapple also has 79 mg of Vitamin C, which may reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. In fact, at least 250 mg of daily vitamin C is recommended for optimum eye health. Adding the strawberries to this smoothie puts you nearly halfway to that goal before lunch! Bananas are also a great source of Vitamin A and potassium.

This smoothie is tasty and tropical by itself, but if what you’re really craving in the morning is some protein, never fear. You can mix in a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder, instantly turning this drink into a yummy, but light tropical protein smoothie.

 

Ingredients (1 serving):

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • ⅓ cup strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 3 Ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place pineapple chunks, banana, strawberry slices, and coconut milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Add in protein powder if you desire.
  2. Add ice cubes and continue to blend until cubes are chopped up. Pour into a large glass or travel mug and enjoy!