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Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Citrus Smoothie
Start your mornings on a sunny note with this naturally sweet Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Citrus Smoothie made with pineapples, orange juice, turmeric, honey, yogurt, lemon, and lime. It truly tastes (and looks!) like a tropical sunrise in a glass with health benefits! Vegan option available!
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I don't know who doesn't love a good smoothie. Haha. Seriously, smoothies are the one thing that is super easy to whip together but tastes so amazing----especially when you put together your favorite ingredients. Plus, it's so convenient and works for children who are picky eaters---as a way to get those fruits + veggies in.
This Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Citrus Smoothie has it all: plenty of nutrients, fruity flavor, and a great texture! There’s no going wrong with this packable, portable and creamy meal.
How to Make Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Citrus Smoothie
The only piece of kitchen equipment you’ll need to whip this pineapple citrus smoothie up in minutes is a high-speed blender. This is a simple dump-and-go breakfast recipe that’s ideal for busy weekday mornings or as a healthy snack.
Pineapple chunks. I like to purchase frozen pineapples or canned organic pineapple mostly, however, you can slice an actual pineapple into chunks and freeze it, if preferred.
Honey. You can use Agave or maple syrup or Medjol dates as a natural sweetener, if preferred.
Lemon + Lime juice. For more tart flavor to cut through some of the sweetness of the pineapple.
Orange. I like to use a navel orange, but you could use any other kind of large, juicy citrus fruit. Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber.
Chia seeds. These add a ton of gut-healthy fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to your smoothie. Plus, chia seeds absorb liquid, which helps your smoothie thicken up naturally without melting, even as the ingredients warm up out of the freezer.
Greek yogurt. For a nice creaminess, I love to add yogurt to my smoothies. You can always substitute with dairy-free yogurt if needed.
Turmeric powder. This golden spice adds a hint of earthy flavor to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. It also adds a brighter color and has natural antioxidant properties, thanks to the curcumin in turmeric. You can omit the turmeric if you don’t have it on hand.
What Fruits Goes Well with Pineapple in a Smoothie
Whether you're trying to switch things up with the taste of this Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Citrus Smoothie or you just don't like citrus fruits, here's a list of other great fruits that work amazingly with pineapple:
I like to turn my pineapple citrus smoothie into a treat by adding a few garnishes. A sprinkle of chia seeds adds a bit of crunch to the top of the smoothies, while pineapple chunks adds a festive touch. You can also add coconut chips, a scoop of your favorite granola or cereal, or pineapple chunks to make your smoothie pop.
The chia in these smoothies helps them maintain their creamy texture, even you don’t finish the drink right away. Store leftover smoothie in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge. They’re best enjoyed the same day they’re made.
Chia Seed Health Benefits
Perhaps the best health benefit of chia seeds is how rich they are in omega-3 fatty acids. These are the healthy fats that our bodies need but do not produce on their own. Omega-3s help to reduce inflammation and may fight free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic disease.
In addition, chia seeds can be added to almost anything. Add them in other smoothies like this one. Sprinkle them on your sandwich, add some to your morning smoothie, or scoop a tablespoon into your cereal. No matter how you eat them, chia seeds are extremely beneficial to your diet!
BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS + WHY YOU SHOULD BE USING THEM
If you’re planning ahead, you can make this Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Citrus Smoothie the night before. Store it in an airtight container or jar in the fridge. In the morning, just give it a good shake or stir in case it separates (that’s normal). The smoothie is best consumed within the same day, or no more than 10 hours later.
Can I Make a Smoothie Bowl?
If you prefer to eat your smoothie with a spoon, rather than drink it through a straw, make a smoothie bowl! Simply add less milk or use frozen pineapple to give your pineapple citrus smoothie a thicker texture. then add your favorite toppings, including: