This pineapple smoothie with milk recipe turns simple ingredients into a nutritious, tasty drink. Sweet pineapples, milk, and ice are blended with mint to turn out a refreshing smoothie that wards off the summer heat.
Within this article, we’ll also show you a few tips and tricks to turn out a great-tasting smoothie. There are fruit-picking techniques as well as possible alternatives for the ingredients.
Is Pineapple Smoothie With Milk Healthy?
Yes, our pineapple smoothie with milk is a nutritious (and delicious) drink.
Within each serving is an abundance of micronutrients from pineapples and milk: vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium, and so on. They’re accompanied by just 100 calories — a low amount that allows you to easily incorporate the smoothie into your diet.
For our pineapple smoothie with milk recipe, you’ll need pineapple, milk, ice, mint leaves, lemon juice, and sugar.
We are using fresh pineapple, but canned or frozen pineapple slices are also good options. Some canners submerge the pineapple chunks in a sweet syrup, so give them a quick rinse to avoid most of that extra sugar.
Since our pineapples were not very sweet, we had to add some sugar to balance out their tartness. You can leave the sugar for last to easily adjust the drink to your taste.
If your blender tends to create chunky smoothies, chances are the ice you use is too hard for the blender’s motor. If possible, switch to soft ice like ice nuggets instead. Barring that, manually pound the hard ice into finer pieces first. A mortar and a pouch/piece of cheesecloth will do the trick.
1. How to Pick a Pineapple
Since we are going for a naturally sweet smoothie, the fruit needs to be ripe and sweet. To tell how ripe a whole pineapple is, we sniff its base — the sweeter and stronger the fragrance, the sweeter the fruit. Unlike many fruits, the color of the pineapple is irrelevant to its maturity.
2. Can I Substitute Out the Milk in This Smoothie?
Yes, you can.
We blended the fruit with whole milk. If you want less fat (and fewer calories), we suggest half-and-half or skimmed milk as alternatives. If you want the smoothie to be vegan, almond milk, nut milk, or soy milk also works great.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
I had no idea a smoothie without yogurt could come out so thick. Love it!