I am typically not the biggest fan of pineapples. To me, like bananas, the flavor of pineapple overpowers everything else you put with it. So when I set out to make a tropical smoothie, I wanted to use pineapple sparingly, in order to bring out the mango and kiwi flavors, and I think this ratio was a success, at least I drank the entire thing! Smoothies are also a great way to use the core of the pineapple, that is often discarded. The core of the pineapple contains the substance Bromelin, which may help reduce inflammation.
And now this… personally, I prefer to put whole foods in my smoothie and skip the extra like protein powder and collagen etc. I know everyone has a different view on this but everything I have learned in school and from what I understand of evidence based science, you can get all the nutrients you need from whole foods, so I prefer to stick with that. And as a side note. who else is absolutely loving Last Week Tonight this season? Why is it only on once a week!
Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie
transport yourself to a tropical island
- 3/4 cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
- 3/4 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 kiwis skin removed
- pineapple, mango, and kiwi to garnish
Cut the fresh pineapple. If you want to use the skin to hold the smoothie, carefully cut the pineapple out of the center. (I have no advice on how to do this...I just cut small pieced out).
In a food processor or a blender, add the pineapple chunks, mango, spinach and kiwi.
Pulse until smooth.
Pour into the hollowed out pineapple, bowl, or glass.
Optional: Top with extra fruit.