I went through a phase where I literally drank a smoothie every single day, and thus it left me feeling like I’d never want a smoothie again. Slowly, however, my smoothie taste buds are returning; and at the right time I’d say because as it gets warmer smoothies are often my breakfast of choice — with a couple of hardboiled eggs — or my favorite post workout snack. A long standing struggle with smoothie making for myself, and likely for many, is that it’s easy to fall into a smoothie rut. That feeling of needing to add alllll the superfoods or healthy ingredients and then suddenly you have a cup of murky sludge. But no more sludge, I say! Today I bring to you the Golden Pineapple Herb smoothie thats equal parts literal cup of sunshine and nutrient powerhouse
Now you’re probably wondering, herbs? In a smoothie? YES. Not the entire bunch, but a small palmful of leaves adds an interesting savory note to this smoothie. I used mint and cilantro, but if you’re not a cilantro fan you could stick with just mint and still end up with an awesome drink. But Megan, why add herbs to a smoothie? Herbs are greens too! So here we can still reap some of the benefits of greens without making a “green” smoothie. Herbs aid in digestion, improve liver function, are powerful antioxidants, and are shown to help stabilize blood sugar. Not to mention, herbs are also extremely flavorful!
This smoothie is a delightful golden color not just because of pineapple, but also due to the addition of turmeric. This was the first time I’ve ever added turmeric to a smoothie, and I’m not sure why I waited so long! There turmeric adds a nice sweet but spicy flavor and, just like the herbs, has quite a list of health benefits. Its a potent anti-inflammatory due to its curcumin content, which has proven to be really effective in easing joint pain. Turmeric also contains bioactive compounds and improves the body’s ability to fight oxidation. If you need a few more reasons, Turmeric improves cardiovascular and skin health. Quite the powerful little thing!
Now let’s not forget the pineapple, who also deserves a shout out for it’s nutritional punch. Pineapple contains the enzyme Bromelain which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can aid in muscle recovery. Bromelain is also shown to provide GI tract benefits by aiding in digestive function. In addition to Bromelain, pineapple is high in fiber, and has a high vitamin C content. The vitamin C and antioxidants in the pineapple are helpful in warding off age related macular degeneration. In addition, pineapple has Vitamin A, B6, C, Beta-Carotene, thiamin, pantothenic acid and folic acid.
Now I could go on for days on the nutritional benefits of the rest of the ingredients, which means you’re probably realizing just how many nutrients are packed into this golden delight. The rest of the ingredients are healthy fats and plant-based protein sources. Between the avocado, hemp seed and coconut you’re getting a nice dose of omega fatty acids and some medium chain triglycerides (MCT) from the coconut. Adding healthy fats to a smoothie helps stabilize your blood sugar and keeps our energy leveled preventing a simple sugar crash and burn.
If you’re thinking to yourself, wow that’s a lot of nutrients.You’re right! And all of these ingredients are simple, there are no supplements, expensive powders or fancy tinctures. Just whole, real foods found at any ‘ol grocery store. Which means you should definitely add these ingredients to your shopping list so you can enjoy this liquid gold for your next summer breakfast, snack, or post workout refuel!
Golden Pineapple + Herb Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbsp hemp seed
- 10 leaves of cilantro
- 10 leaves of mint
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!