Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie

After I’ve run 5 miles or finished the most grueling yoga class, and I’m hot, tired, and on empty, smoothies go down so easily.

Especially the kind that taste like a tropical vacation.

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I’m blessed to live in San Diego, and it’s been in the mid-70s the past few days during the middle of the day. It still gets cold enough at night that we have to turn the heat on, but for a few glorious hours in the middle of the day, it’s picture-perfect. That’s when I run or do yoga and after a hard workout, I don’t like heavy things but need something to recharge.

This sweet, creamy, citrusy, vegan, Vitamin C-packed smoothie is so refreshing and hits the spot.

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MY OTHER RECIPES

I try to incorporate as much Vitamin C into my diet as possible. It’s an easy thing to do and something that helps prevent sickness, and I’ll take all the prevention I can get. With a 6 year old who’s constantly bringing home every other kid’s cooties, germs, sniffles and sneezes, any little bit of immune-boosting powers is welcome. Citrus fruits like pineapple or orange-colored fruit in general, such as mango, are high in Vitamin C.

I love both pineapple and mango and have a dozen other smoothie recipes that use one or the other, but it’s a favorite combination I never tire of. I always keep frozen pineapple and frozen mango chunks on hand, perfect for blending into smoothies. You don’t need to add ice if you use frozen fruit, preventing a watered-down drink.

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A smoothie just isn’t a smoothie without a banana included for creaminess and they’re a huge source of potassium.  If you’re active, making sure you’re getting enough potassium helps to prevent leg cramps and muscle cramps in general. Other good potassium sources include skin-on baked potatoes, prunes, spinach, and lima beans. Given those choices, bananas sound better and better.

I peel over-ripe bananas, break them into chunks, and keep them in a big Ziplock in my freezer, making it easy to toss a few chunks into smoothies. When blended, they add plant-based creaminess that’s unparalleled to anything else. Bananas are naturally sweet, inexpensive, and always available.

Blend together the fruits, milk, sweetener, splash of vanilla, and blend until smooth and creamy. I like to make this smoothie with coconut milk; it’s plant-based, healthy, and I have a coconut obsession. Use almond, soy, or your favorite milk. If you’d like to splurge, a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt makes it taste like dessert-in-a-cup.

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Sweeten it using granulated sugar, agave, honey, stevia, a couple Medjool dates, or your favorite sweetener. Some people don’t sweeten fruit-based smoothies because the pineapple, mango, and banana are already sweet, but it depends on your palette and how sweet the fruit was when it was frozen. Sometimes pineapple and mango were frozen in a slightly under-ripe state and are a bit too tart to enjoy. I like my Lemon Bars extra tart, but not my smoothies.

Since I have to wash my blender anyway, I make double the amount I need. I fill freezer-safe platstic cups with the extra portions, freeze them, and when I’m ready for a smoothie, just nuke the cup for a minute. It saves time not having to remake and then rewash my blender. And having a fruity, creamy, healthy, vegan beverage ready and easily grab-able, prevents me from reaching for cookies, which are equally grab-able.

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I’ve read that if you want to eat healthier, simply having fresh veggies or fruit cut up and in containers in your fridge, totally ready to snack on, makes it easier to snack on the good stuff. It’s so easy to grab a bag of chips or a handful of jelly beans when you’re hungry and your willpower is nil if you’re not prepared with your snacks. A little prep work saves time and helps you stay on track. And that’s my approach with smoothies waiting in the freezer.

The pineapple flavor dominates, reminding me a bit of a virgin pina colada. Between the mango, banana, and coconut milk, it’s a healthy, frothy, creamy, vegan treat. I’ll drink to that.

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Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Work in extra Vit C with this smooth, creamy, easy & healthy smoothie!

Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie (vegan, GF)

Smoothies are an easy way to work in extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, and all the goodness that plants can offer, including an extra boost of Vitamin C to help combat colds and flu, sickness, and germs. The pineapple in this smoothie really sings, the mango gives it an extra layer of sweetness, and the banana helps to provide creaminess. Like all smoothies, use what you have and enjoy, and in the quantities that work for you, taking note of the optional suggestions and ideas if desired. Smoothies are flexible, adaptable, and an easy way to work healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet. Halve, double, or triple the recipe as desired

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 medium ripe banana, peeled and frozen in chunks
1 cup milk (regular, almond, soy, coconut, etc.)
1 teaspoon+ vanilla extract

  • sweetener, to taste (sugar, agave, stevia, honey, maple syrup, dates, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in the canister of a Vita-Mix or blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Pour extra into a freezer-safe cup and freeze for up to 1 month, thawing before serving (or microwaving for about 30 seconds).
  2. Double or triple the recipe to create planned leftovers – perfect to grab for busy morning breakfasts or as easy snacks. All ingredients and amounts are to taste. Use seasonal fruits or vary the quantities of fruits, to taste. I used bagged, frozen fruit from Trader Joe’s. Using frozen is preferred to fresh since smoothie is automatically kept cold, without adding ice which waters it down. Optionally, consider adding a scoop of protein powder or dollop of yogurt for extra protein; or blending with juice to increase the amount of Vitamin C; add coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or your favorite smoothie add-ins’ to either the blender canister before blending or garnish smoothie with them after blending.

Recipe is vegan (use vegan milk, avoid honey), gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free as written. Take care any ingredients used are suitable for your dietary needs.

Recipe Notes and Tips:

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Do you have a favorite healthy smoothie recipe?

What do you do or make that keeps you centered, on track, and healthy? Any tips to share?

 

 

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111 comments on “Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie”

  1. Wow nice post!! You are one sporty gal.. I admire that.
    I’m such a sissy when it comes to sport. I just don’t like it any more. But when I have te money I would like to get yoga classes so much..and pilates! I know that must sound alien, but I don’t really like smoothies. But there is one thing I adore.. Banana milkshake. With fresh vanilla. Ah I LOVE IT. Wen I was a kid it was the first thing I made after school. Peel bananas, cut up and throw in the tall container, cover with milk, scrape out the vanilla and whip out the mixer. Every single day over 20’Celsius. My mum mus have bought a lot of milk&bananas then :) sigh..

  2. I am up extra early today–with hopes of a run, shower, and a trip to the grocery store before the sun comes up! I made a smoothie earlier this week with frozen fruit remnants (pear, banana, lots of cinnamon and vanilla, a couple of dried figs). I didn’t add much coconut milk, so it was a little more like soft serve…but I really liked the pear and fig together. Smoothies are good nutrition in a glass for me–especially with Greek yogurt or protein powder. Tropical fruits are always refreshing and they satisfy my sweet tooth!

  3. I agree–after a workout–nothing tastes better than a refreshing smoothie. I love pineapple and mango. And ever since I learned about the bromelain in pineapple, and how it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, I try and include it in my diet when workouts are extra tough. :)

  4. Love mango in my smoothies. This one looks perfect for summer! I am going to pin it for later… as I am still frozen up in the Tundra.

  5. I love pina coladas, so I am totally digging this smoothie recipe. I’m definitely going to try this one, since I have nearly all the ingredients on hand at any time. By the way, you’re totally right about doubling the recipe just to avoid washing the blender twice. It’s easily one of my least favorite kitchen items to take care of!

  6. That looks so tasty and refreshing. Is it summer yet???

  7. This looks so refreshing. I just happen to have the ingredients on hand and this will make a nice snack.

    We are certainly looking forward to spring here in the Northeast!

  8. Such pretty pictures! Love the beverages too!

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  9. I also love the bread recipes!

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  10. The sangria looks amazing, too. You take gorgeous photos.

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  11. :)

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  12. I looooove mango smoothies. The mango fruit base looks like it would work for a mango bubble tea drink as well. Yum!

  13. I’ve yet to meet a tropical fruit that I didn’t like…but pineapple and mango and definite favorites! This smoothie is totally my kind of thing.

  14. This sounds like the perfect refreshment after a hard workout! I am envious of your weather! It’s in the 50’s and rainy here. uggg!

  15. This smoothie looks refreshing and delicious. I agree, there must be banana in a smoothie for that creamy thickness. Love the addition of coconut milk!

  16. Sounds like another winner! Pineapple and banana were made for each other. Speaking of which, I just finished blending up a batch of your peanut butter………mmmmmm! Stirred in some cooked oatmeal and chocolate chips and froze it all into breakfast bars for next week :) I got a food processor for Christmas so now I’m not digging the peanut butter out of the bottom of my blender :) I love how easy it is and knowing what’s in it! Love it. Hope you’ll be telling us more about your conference soon. Have a great weekend in that gorgeous weather, low 40’s here ;(

  17. I love a good smoothie after a hard workout! (or any time really) This looks like a really good one, it’s a shame I’m allergic to pineapple :(

  18. Mango smoothies are my fave, I love how creamy they are!

  19. Thanks for the recipe! Smoothies are one of those things that I love but can never get the proportions right on my own (I end up with super liquid mess. tasty, but not worth the effort)

    • The key is to use fruit that’s already frozen. That way you don’t have to add ice which waters it down. And use less liquid than you think, in general. You can always add more if it’s too thick and your blender is struggling, but once added, you can’t un-do!

  20. I usually buy premade smoothies…which I know are nothing like the real deal. All the information you provided just convinced me to start making my own. And you’re so right about the health benefits of bananas! When I was taking ballet classes, long ago, I would get terrible spams in the arches of my feet. They were so painful I’d have to wait several seconds for the muscle to release. The doctor told me that my body was lacking potassium. After incorporating bananas into my daily diet, the spams disappeared. Bananas are definitely not my favorite fruit, but they do work miracles. I’m sure I would love them in a homemade smoothie! :)

    • Ok you make your own cinnamon rolls, pie crusts, etc and can cook like a rock star (better than most anyone I know) but you’re buying premade smoothies? Valerie I want to slap you silly :) In the best way, of course. haha! I don’t actually love-love bananas to eat plain. I cook/bake/blend them tons but on their own, meh, whatever. I get plantar fascitis, a foot thing basically, from running and just have always been prone to it, even if I don’t run. It just happens but potassium helps it in general. And I can totally see you as an amazing ballerina!! :)

  21. How do you make these wonderful looking smoothies without banana??

    • Not sure if you read the recipe or post, but there IS banana in the smoothie. It’s virtually impossible to make a vegan smoothie that creamy and fluffy looking and tasting without banana.

      • I did read the post and was hoping that you’d have a suggestion for a banana-free option, as I’m allergic. :(

      • Just keep it out then. Smoothies are so flexible…you could add a scoop of yogurt, protein powder, another fruit you love, milk/nut milk, just find things you love and add them and play around to find your perfect recipe!

  22. I need to get back to the gym asap.
    This lack of sun is killing me.
    We’ve had nothing but rain or snow for the last few weeks, with about 2 days of sun.
    And the weather just said another week of clouds.
    Ohhh New England winters are rough, I need smoothies! lol

  23. Mmm…love a smoothie that tastes like a tropical vacation! Averie, I love how you combined pineapple, mango and banana and provided choices for the milk and sweetening…so peeps can make it their own. It is such a thoughtful or mindful way to write a healthy recipe. I’ve missed you, girl…have been so busy in the kitchen recipe testing lately…and, I’m behind in posts! Oh!! Thought of you when I saw Oreo Cookie Butter, of ALL things! Looks like yummy tar, LOL! I will send you a tweet…just in case you missed it at Pinterest. Thanks for another greate recipe and have a most-excellent weekend! xoxo

  24. Love this! I’m always in need of a smoothie after my spin class!

  25. This just made me all kinds of jealous. Trader Joes, warm weather, tropical vacations, sweaty yoga…. I kind of hate you right now. ;)

    It is snowing right now and COLD. And there’s no TJs anywhere close. But, did I tell you I’ve been getting back into yoga? I think its the home gym thing – I’ve been doing a mix of yoga and biking with light weights every now and then. I’m no good at the yoga and I can only do it for 20 min at the longest before I get bored and my brain is going to the next thing, but I held crow yesterday for a full minute. My arms are SORE.

    Errr….nice looking smoothie, by the way.

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