Pineapple Pina Colada Smoothie
I pretty much wanted to try all the low-calorie smoothies on CookingLight, but I kept it to two for now. I was super excited to find this recipe because I love Pina Coladas and thought this recipe sounded amazing.
Recipe to the Pineapple Pina Colada Smoothie from CookingLight.
Ingredients / Calories
• 1/2 medium banana
• 1/4 cup light coconut milk
• 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
• 1/4 cup chilled pineapple juice
• 1/2 cup crushed ice
203 calories according to CookingLight.
Low-Calorie Smoothie Recipes
I love smoothies because you can add whatever ingredients you are in the mood for. This is the first smoothie on this website with coconut milt. And, when looking up its health benefits, just learned it may help with weight loss as well as heart disease. Learn more from “9 Amazing Benefits of Coconut Water” from Lasting Health Solutions by Ballerini Chiropractic.
This smoothie also has a banana. I love bananas. However, I have always been wary of the sugar in bananas so I was interested in reading about some of the health benefits in the article “Banana 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits.” Also, I do feel like even if the fruit is high in sugar, everything is ok in moderation. Well, probably almost everything.
And, I love pineapple and am excited to add it to my smoothies whenever I get the chance. It is delicious and I have now learned it is a superfood. Read more about “The Power Of Pineapple”
Smoothies are easy and quick to make. Perfect for a busy workday morning. nice a versatile.
Additional Thoughts On Low-Calorie Smoothies
Smoothies are so easy to make. And, they take minutes. But there is room for error. For example, sometimes, when I make a smoothie, I come out with four or five cups of smoothies instead of the two I was aiming for. At first, I just drank them assuming it was supposed to be like that, but I do not think that is the case and I was probably really overdoing it on the fruit. I have googled this and have not found other people having this problem. Since this problem still occurs even when measuring out the ingredients, I freeze the remainder for later. I read you can leave a smoothie in the refrigerator for two days, but I personally do not think they keep and just do not think they are that good.
I prefer frozen fruit to ice in my smoothie except for bananas. Instead of freezing bananas I just use ice all after a difficult blender situation that I would prefer not to relive. Basically, I find frozen bananas hard to blend. This recipe calls for crushed ice, which I just realized is an excellent idea. I have almost always used cubes, but the crushed is definitely easier to blend.
I tend to get hungry after a couple of hours after a smoothie so I like to keep some carrots on hand to avoid any junk food mishaps.
I try and taste my smoothie before pouring it out just in case I need to add anything to it. I feel like this is like tasting food before adding salt. You have to try it first!
My husband told me drinking from mason jars is very early 2000. I do not know if that is true or not, but I love my mason jars and use them for my smoothies with reusable straws such as metal.
Smoothies are easy and quick to clean up if you clean your blender right away.
Spinach has always been my go-to leafy green of choice in all food items. I remember my mom first making me smoothies in high school. Thanks, Mom. They were not green, but purple and consisted of spinach, blueberries, milk and protein powder. I remember being grossed out initially and then loving them and wanting one every day This smoothie does not have any leafy greens, but I might sprinkle in some spinach or maybe even some protein powder depending on how I feel that day.
Equipment is everything. I feel so lucky because my sister in law gave me a Vitamix a few years back, which is completely life changing. Prior, I used the bullet and it is just not the same. It works, but a nice blender is ideal.
Here are some additional Low-Calorie Smoothie recipes I found online.