During the summer, I crave all of the fresh, hydrating fruits. One of my favorite is pineapple. Pineapple are full of nutrients, contain antioxidants, and help fight inflammation. They are also so incredibly delicious.
If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know that one my go-to breakfasts is a smoothie bowl. Unlike most smoothie stores you see that market themselves as healthy but are actually the equivalent of froyo, my smoothie bowls are full of fruits and veggies and largely gluten-free and dairy-free. I love making smoothies for a few reasons. 1) It is a breakfast you can make it literally less than 3 minutes. 2) It is made with primarily frozen or other naturally shelf stable products such as nut butter so it is easy to have these ingredients on hand because they do not expire quickly. 3) They taste AMAZING! Literally like you are eating dessert, except they are packed with fruits veggies, healthy fats, and proteins. It is such an easy way to sneak in a ton of veggies.
In the spirit of summer, I was inspired to make a Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl. This smoothie is literally made with 4 ingredients. You read that right, ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS!
Of course. You cannot make a pina colada without pineapple! I cut up a fresh pineapple into cubes and then froze 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple overnight to make this smoothie.
You can used canned or a carton of coconut milk. The important part is to use the liquid part of the coconut milk and not the cream. If you buy a carton of coconut milk, you will not need to worry about this. However, if you use canned coconut milk, let the can of coconut milk sit in the fridge overnight. This will enable to cream part of the coconut milk to solidify and float to the top of the can. You can then scoop this part out and set aside to re-purpose (check out my No Bake Mini Lemon Coconut Pies , Carrot Cake Mini Muffins, or Oat Flour Pancakes with Coconut Cream recipes for ideas on how to reuse the coconut cream).
Frozen Rice Cauliflower
This is probably my favorite smoothie ingredient. If you haven’t tried adding frozen riced cauliflower to your smoothie, I definitely recommend trying. I was skeptical at first when I heard of adding cauliflower to smoothies, but it is my favorite trick. It adds bulk to your smoothies without adding any flavor. So not only does it help create a thick, filling smoothie, but it also loads it with veggies without you even tasting it!
Unflavored Collagen Peptides
I like adding a scoop of unflavored collagen peptides to my smoothie bowls. This is a form of protein powder that adds protein to your smoothies also without adding any flavor. Protein helps keep you full for longer.
1 1/2 cups cubed and frozen pineapple
3/4 cup frozen riced cauliflower
1 cup coconut milk
1 scoop unflavored collagen peptides (I used Vital Proteins)
Toppings (optional): fresh cherries and coconut flakes
Blend until smooth, top with toppings if desired, and ENJOY!