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Green Pina Colada Smoothie

Green Pina Colada Smoothie

If office life has you counting down the days until summer, daydream your way to the beach with this tropical adult-beverage-turned-green-drink. The recipe, as featured on, puts a unique spin on an otherwise boring spinach smoothie, and is so easy you might end up making a bigger batch to cover tomorrow’s shake as well. That is, if the snack bandits of the household don’t find it first.

For the health pros who find talks of vitamins and nutrients old-hat, cut right to the chase and find the recipe down below. Otherwise check this out:

  • Spinach, for starters, is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, E, and C. It’s nutrient-dense meaning each serving packs an energizing punch and costs you next to nothing in the calorie bank. Your green drink also contains bromelain—an anti-inflammatory—and more than enough potassium and fiber to tie you over until supper. So long as you stick to plain Greek yogurt (the recipe calls for any type), the probiotics will help ward off pesky gastrointestinal issues.

Best time to sip: Curbside or poolside. Whether you’re dropping off the kids at school or savoring guilt-free sips of this green drink at the pool, it’s flexible enough to enjoy pretty much anywhere.

Best for: vegetarian or gluten-free diets

  • Tip: Also great for non-drinkers who enjoy hosting a good summer get-together.

Shopping list: fresh pineapple, unsweetened coconut milk, banana, honey, vanilla extract, vanilla yogurt, green supplement powder.


  • canned pineapple instead of fresh during the off-season, watch for added sugars
  • canned coconut milk if you prefer it over the carton
  • plain Greek yogurt if you’re watching your calories and sugar intake
  • another leafy green, like kale, rather than spinach
  • ditch the dairy altogether to make it vegan-friendly

How-To: This green drink is so easy that most smoothie lovers will find themselves improvising and eye-balling each ingredient to taste. Those who prefer adhering to a precise calorie count will want to measure one half cup of each and toss it in the blender: yogurt, coconut milk, and pineapple chunks. Next, add in half a banana, one tablespoon honey (raw is best), and ¼ teaspoon vanilla. Finally, add a handful of spinach and one tablespoon of your green supplement powder. Don’t shy away from adding more spinach if you’d like, as the sweetness of the other ingredients will make the smoothie drinkable and pleasant to the taste. Ingredients don’t have to be added in any particular order. This is a “load it up, mix it up, drink it up” recipe.

  • Tip: Know that two cups of raw spinach is equal to one serving and if you’re the grab-and-go type, buying organic bagged spinach is a great alternative to washing and chopping a bunch of spinach every morning.

And there you have it—the healthy alternative to a classic summer cocktail with all the benefits of fresh produce and none of the guilt that comes with rum and artificial drink mixers. If shoveling snow on the East Coast is closer to reality than sand and surf, all the more reason to stick with your green drink routine. Bathing suit season will be here before you know it.

Photo by Jessica Lewis

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Jessica Dines

Jessica Dines

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Jessica Dines is a contributing writer for She's passionate about health, cooking and fitness. She lives in California with her husband, where they enjoy spending time outdoors with their two dogs.

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