I love fruity smoothies, but these seemingly healthy beverages can be deceptively destructive to your health. Fast food versions of these drinks are often loaded with fat and artificial sweeteners. I’ve tried creating healthy versions of my favorites at home with fruit, yogurt and juice, but found that they were still loaded with sugar thanks to the vanilla yogurt and cranberry juice. Sure, my smoothie was deliciously creamy and perfectly sweet, but it packed as much sugar as a can of soda.
When I found this recipe last month I was skeptical. A smoothie with no yogurt, milk or even fruit juice? But what makes it… smooth? Trust me on this one. You won’t miss the yogurt at all. This strawberry pineapple smoothie packs a fruity punch and creamy texture while supplying a healthy dose of Vitamin C. The only sugar in the drink is the natural sugar from the fruit.
It’s my go-to drink after a long run and sometimes I’ll have it for breakfast with a slice of whole-wheat toast and peanut butter. It keeps me going all morning long without any caffeine.
Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup water
Combine ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
How simple is that? Make the process even easier and prepare the pineapple ahead of time using one of my favorite kitchen tools, a pineapple corer. Store pineapple chunks in the fridge to make eating healthy a snap. I like this On-The-Go Blender from GNC for quick and easy smoothies. You can blend and drink all in the same cup.
Do you have a favorite healthy smoothie recipe?