Pineapple Lime Green Smoothie

Pineapple Lime Green Smoothie

Pineapple Lime Green Smoothie is one of my favorite green smoothies! This green smoothie is a delectable blend of pineapple, romaine lettuce, lime juice, hemp seeds, and coconut milk. This alkalinizing smoothie blend is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, chlorophyll, phytochemicals, and fiber which will help rejuvenate your body.

 

Green smoothies health benefits are many including providing your body with a boost of energy, key nutrients, hydration, and fiber that is easy for you to digest and use for better health. To find out more detailed information on the benefits of green smoothies check out my post.

 

Pineapple

Pineapple is an enzyme-rich fruit that contains bromelain which has many health benefits. Bromelain is a potent digestive aid that helps to break down protein. Pineapple can also help reduce chronic inflammation in our body. Pineapples are a good source of vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Pineapple’s sweet flavor pairs perfectly with the lime juice and romaine.

 

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is a fantastic leafy green to use in green smoothies. Its mild flavor is a great introduction into drinking greens and it blends well with fruits. Romaine is a alkaline green that is very hydrating to the body due to its high water content. Romaine lettuce is also rich in nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, folate, potassium, chlorophyll, fiber, and phytochemicals. All of these nutrients help strengthen your immune system and protect your body against disease.

 

Coconut Milk

Coconut and its milk have so many health benefits that I could go on and on but I will say that one of the most important health benefits of coconut is that is contains lauric and capric acid which are important medium chain fatty acids. These medium chain fatty acids have potent anti-microbial and anti-viral properties which will protect and strengthen your immune system. Medium chain fatty acids are also used by our body for energy rather than being stored as fat.

 

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of protein available with all the essential amino acids that your body needs. Hemp is also a great source of fiber, chlorophyll, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, along with the idea balance of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in a 3.75:1 ratio. 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 10 grams of easy to digest plant protein.

 

Limes

Limes share many of the same health benefits of lemons and are a excellent alkalinizing food to include in a detox cleanse. Limes are a powerful detoxifier that is high in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that all work together to neutralize free radicals, support the liver, remove inflammation, and fight diseases like cancer.

 

I used fresh pineapple in this smoothie which I cut into cubes and placed in airtight containers in the freezer. I like using frozen fruit in my smoothies to make them cold and creamy but feel free to use fresh pineapple cubes without freezing if you like.

 

What is your favorite green smoothie blend? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

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Pineapple Lime Green Smoothie

Raw Vegan, Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free

Makes 2 servings

2½ cups spring or filtered water

½ cup organic coconut milk-preservative free

2 cups frozen pineapple cubes

3 cups organic romaine lettuce

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons hemp seeds

Stevia-to taste

 

1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Drink ½ for breakfast and refrigerate the remaining smoothie in a glass mason jar and enjoy for a mid-afternoon snack.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Just found your site through Pinterest! Looks like a good recipe. I have a smoothie every morning. It sets me up for the day.

    I don’t like using frozen fruit in my smoothies as prefer them at room temperature. In Chinese Traditional Medicine the stomach is likened to a boiling pot and if you cool the fire with iced drinks you have to use more energy to heat it up again. Just a thought.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Sandy, Welcome to my site! Thanks for sharing your tip from Chinese Traditional Medicine. I leave the option for people to use fresh fruit which they freeze or just using room temperature fruit up to them. When someone is new to drinking green smoothies having the texture cold and creamy from using frozen fruit makes it more palatable for them to drink. Frozen fruit is also convenient for many because they can clean and freeze a large amount of it on the weekends and then make their smoothies daily without having to take the time to wash or prep the fruit before blending. Freezing also cuts down on waste and allows you to preserve your fruit at the peak of freshness.

  2. I have a smoothie in the morning with pineapple, honeydew melon, mango, peaches, banana, spinach, orange juice, 1/2 T bee pollen and water. I very all the time how much I put in of the fruits. I use frozen because it processes better in the blender and I like that it makes me think of ice cream.

    • Candie, your smoothie sounds really wonderful. Make sure you vary the greens on a weekly basis that you use in the smoothie so you don’t build up any food intolerances from using the same greens everyday. Some greens I like to use are green or red oak leaf lettuce, romaine, butter lettuce, arugula, and kale.
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      • Hi, I was reading the reply to Candie in regards to greens. I blend kale, spinach and broccoli everyday along with blueberries and any other fruit I feel for and than juice carrots, cucumbers apples, beets and celery, than blend all together and drink though out my day. Yes its a lot of work, well just the clean up but well worth it for me. I haven’t had a cold or flu in years . My question is should I not have the same greens everyday ? I see you put in your response leaf lettuces, that’s one green I have not blending and was questioning the nutrition it provides, of course I have salads but just wondering should I cut back and maybe change up everyday ?
        Thank you

        • Hi Kimberly, you should change up your greens on a daily basis if you can so that you can enjoy all the nutrients that each leafy green provides and not build up any food intolerances/sensitivities to one particular leafy green. Leaf lettuces offer a lot of good nutrition, especially romaine, red and green oak leaf, watercress, and arugula.
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  3. Hi Shelley,
    thank you for this yummy and healthy sounding recipe.
    If hemp seeds have the perfect ratio of Omega 3 and 6 would they make a substitute for fish oil?
    How do they compare to chia seeds?
    I still haven’t found them in the shops here, but then again I live in the country.
    Would spirulina make a good substitute for the lettuce and how much would you use, if so?

    Much appreciated!
    Love and Light
    Yorinda
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    • Thanks Yorinda! Hemp seeds are a good source of omega-3 but it is a different form of omega-3 fatty acids than what is in fish oil. Hemp seeds contain ALA and fish oil contains DHA/EPA. I recommend that you stick with getting your DHA/EPA from food sources like wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, and wild black cod or from a reputable company that makes pure fish oil. Hemp seed and chia seeds are both very healthy seeds to include in your diet and each has it’s own health merits. I would substitute kale, spinach, or romaine for the lettuce and you could add spirulina to the blend. Add the amount recommended on the bottle that you have for the spirulina.
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  4. I love pineapple are there any other drinks I can make with it and what other fruits and vegatables can I use

  5. I love kale, ginger and a apple with about 1/2 cup water I even add a splash of oj or apple cider and yes of course fresh mint, then I blend and put through a strainer and drink.

  6. Hi Shelley ( : First of all, thank you for spending the time to inspire and help our world be a healthier place! this smoothie sounds AMAZING! I can’t WAIT to try it! But recently, I have tried and tried to find coconut milk and/or almond milk that doesn’t seem to have anything “unnatural” in the list of ingredients. Is what you are suggesting in a carton? can you please recommend which ones out there are healthy and truly natural? (i mean besides homemade almond milk or buying young coconuts ) Thanks again! ( :

    • Robin, Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog and mission in life! I love helping as many people as possible make healthier food and lifestyle choices. In my cookbook “Deliciously Holistic” I have 2 recipes for making your own coconut milk and 8 recipes for nut/seed milks. I also have several recipes on this blog for you to make your own nut/seed milks. They are so simple to make and the only way to really make sure that they are truly natural. I try to make most of my nut and seed milks from scratch but when I don’t have time to make my own, I only use organic brands of coconut milk that are packed in BPA-free cans and no preservatives if possible. This commercial brand contains only coconut and water. Or if you don’t mind having guar gum in the coconut milk this is a good choice. I don’t purchase commercial brands of nut or seed milks because most of them contain too many additives that I don’t want to eat. I hope this helps you!
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