Piña Colada Thrive Smoothie

If you can’t be on a vacay in-person why not simulate one in a glass? This thrive smoothie reminds me of enjoying a pina colada during sunset at Dukes in Waikiki, Hawaii where I spent a couple of years living temporarily in Lanakai. This virgin version of a Piña Colada not only tastes like the real thing, it contains the 5 to thrive! The trick to making this tropical tasting smoothie super creamy and fluffy is a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix which will take your Thrive smoothies to the next level!

Pineapple contains a protein-digesting enzyme called bromelain, often found in extract or supplement form. It is used in the medical realm for anti-inflammatory and as an anti-swelling agent. In the scientific literature, research shows that bromelain may be helpful at reducing a host of conditions from joint pain, wound healing to allergies, and even cancer.

HOLD UP!! 🖐🏼Before you start adding copious amounts of pineapple 🍍to your diet it is VERY important to remember that pineapple can spike blood sugar. For this reason, it’s always best to consume fresh pineapple as opposed to canned. On average pineapple contains 86% water with bromelain also containing anti-diabetic properties. 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains 16.3g of sugar, which can cause a glucose spike even with its fiber (also why juicing pineapple is not recommended, as the spike and crash would be even higher!) Canned pineapple can be approx double that! In this smoothie we are using 1/3 Cup only 🌡⬆️❌ All of this is to say that most of us can enjoy a little pineapple, but not to go overboard on it. Also, the extra fiber and fat in this smoothie will help to slow the release of the sugar in the pineapple into your bloodstream – what you pair your food with matters!

Pina-Colada Thrive Smoothie mise en place/ food prep

Looking for other varieties that are Thrive Smoothie approved? I now have 10 VERY different and absolutely delicious Thrive Smoothies! Each of them has been formulated using the science to help balance your blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity, regulate your hunger hormone, feed your good gut-buddies in your microbiota, curb sugary cravings and keep you feeling full for hours. Here are the 10: Thrive Smoothie OG, Resort-Refresh Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Berry-Basil Thrive Smoothie, Masala-Chai Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Mocha-Mousse Thrive Smoothie, Choc-PB-Nana Thrive Smoothie, Matcha-Mint Thrive Smoothie, (fruit-free) Golden-Creamsicle Thrive Smoothie, Snickerdoodle-Holiday Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), and this one! Don’t forget to tag me if you make this recipe on my Instagram at @thrivewithpriscilla – I love seeing your creations! Happy thriving.

Piña Colada Thrive Smoothie

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Recipe by Priscilla Soligo Course: Uncategorized

Ingredients

  • 300g 1¼ Cups Coconut Milk

  • 45g 1½ Cups Dark Leafy Greens

  • 50g ½ Cup Frozen Cauliflower Rice

  • 80g ⅓ Cup Frozen Pineapple 

  • 30g 1 Heaped Tbsps Coconut Butter

  • 30g 2 Tbsps Fibers to choose from: Chia (thicker smoothie), or ground flax, or acacia (thinner smoothie & most gentle), or psyllium husk or powder (no more than 1 Tbsp, as it’s super thick – mix with 1 Tbsp of another fiber here), or use a combination. Start with and if you’re still hungry add an extra Tbsp next time. Drink plenty of water when increasing fiber intake and go slow.

  • 20g Protein Powder (is not the weighted measurement it is the amount of protein ~ vanilla flavour based for best results)

  • 1/2 Cup Ice

Directions

  • In a high speed blender, add in all liquids.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until creamy smooth and well integrated. Pour, drink and enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage: Smoothies are best consumed immediately after blending to prevent oxidation and for best taste, nutrient density and flavor. I recommend having your ingredients prepped ahead of time and quickly blending before you head out the door if you are taking this on your way to work, or out with you. Thrive smoothies are potable too!

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