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Pineapple Peach Smoothie

This peach pineapple smoothie recipe creates tropical flavor any time of year that can serve as a healthy snack or quick breakfast! 

WHAT’S NEW?

School started today – OH MY! Yep, my pre-nursing classes are…happening. To say I was overwhelmed today would be quite the understatement. I had homework due in 2 days! 

The weather was BEAUTIFUL today and I did something I rarely do – I scheduled myself out of the office and booked myself a slot playing tennis. My court of doubles was lots of fun and highly competitive. The workout was great and it made me want to head towards a very early retirement 😉 But, off to work I went. After work, I whipped up a quinoa salad for my crew to pack-up and bring to the soccer field, along with this Pineapple Peach Smoothie. The tropical vibes are well-loved in my house and smoothies are an easy way to take nutrition on-the-go and are perfect on a hot summer day (or spring day!), such as today. Enjoy!

ROLL CALL FOR THIS RECIPE

  • Quicker-than-Quick: Ready in a hurry, this smoothie takes no more than 5 minutes to whip up! 
  • Kid-Friendly: While this recipe is kid-friendly as-is, it’s fun to add a dollop of lemon curd or more juicy blueberries when serving.
  • Healthy: With a very small amount of added sugar from the kefir, this delicious smoothie contains loads of natural sweetness and dietary fiber from plant-based, simple ingredients.

KEY INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Pineapple: Fresh pineapple is delicious, but canned in 100% fruit juice (natural juices) or water works great. Frozen pineapple will also work.
  • Peach: Fresh, frozen, or canned in 100% fruit juice (natural juices) or any other stone fruit, such as nectarines, apricots, plums, etc.
  • Banana: Fresh or frozen banana make for a super sweet, creamy smoothie. Feel free to use another fruit, such as additional peach or pineapple.
  • Kefir: This probiotic, tangy yogurt drink comes in lots of flavors  You can absolutely use yogurt, additional milk, fruit juice (pineapple juice or orange juice), and/or coconut water or coconut milk in its place.
  • Milk: I used unsweetened almond milk, however use whatever milk variety you prefer – cow’s milk, cashew milk, oat milk, coconut milk, soy milk, hemp milk, or whatever other non-dairy milk you prefer! Additionally, you can use some Greek yogurt and some milk as a part of the wet ingredients. Coconut water is also a great substitute.

VARIATIONS, STORAGE, and TIPS

  • A quality, high-speed blender is key for making a delicious, thick smoothie at home
  • Serve this smoothie drinkable or as a smoothie bowl, topped with your favorite things: coconut, sliced banana, pineapple chunks, peach slices, other fresh fruit, slivered almonds, chia seeds, etc.
  • To add more protein to this smoothie, you can add your favorite plant-based protein powder (vanilla or unflavored) or collagen peptides
  • You can create a green smoothie made with dark leafy greens such as spinach or kale
  • Add healthy fats to your smoothies for more staying power: avocado, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed, etc.
  • You can store leftover smoothie in the fridge for up to 1 day. It works well to return any leftover smoothie to the blender with a cup of ice to “freshen” it up.

FAQ 

Is kefir healthier than yogurt, or why use kefir in place of yogurt in this smoothie?

Kefir provides billions of probiotics that is generally from at least 10 different  live and active cultures making it superior to yogurt for the gut microbiome. Kefir is naturally much lower in lactose making it better tolerated for many that are sensitive for dairy. 

Why do you use a combination of fresh and frozen fruit?

I have found that using a combination of fresh and frozen fruit, especially a ripe banana (fresh or frozen), negates the need for ice cubes and creates a creamy texture, Additionally, when you omit ice, it is feasible to save and leftover smoothie without it getting watery or developing an unpleasant texture.

How can you tell if a fresh pineapple is ripe?

You want the pineapple to be firm with a slight give to it when squeezed. However, I prefer to go based on smell. When the bottom of the pineapple smells sweet and fruity, it is ripe and ready for cutting. 

This recipe makes a lot, can it be halved? What about doubled for a crowd?

Yes, you can reduce each ingredient by half, if desired. That said, you won’t be able to DOUBLE the recipe as most blenders won’t be large enough to do so.

NUTRITIONAL MERITS

  • Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian
  • This recipe is high-fiber, offering over 4.8 grams of fiber per serving
  • Easily made dairy-free and vegan
  • Full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are abundant in a balanced plant-based diet

Pineapple Peach Smoothie

Pineapple Peach Smoothie

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This peach pineapple smoothie recipe creates tropical flavor any time of year that can serve as a healthy snack or quick breakfast! 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh pineapple (approx 1 lb)
  • 3 cups frozen peaches (approx 1 lb)
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup peach kefir
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 2.3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 39.5gFiber: 4.8gSugar: 30.5gProtein: 5.3g

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 Peaches and pineapples are divine! Enjoy them any numnber of ways!

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