Pineapple Cucumber Green Smoothie
A refreshing and healthy drink, this Pineapple Cucumber Green Smoothie is a super tasty and satisfying breakfast, snack or anytime food, full of fruits and veggies.
For the last week or so, my husband and I have been on a smoothie kick. We’ve found that when we start our day with a smoothie filled with fruits and veggies we feel better throughout the day. Does anyone else feel the same way? Additionally, making a smoothie is a quick and simple way to have a healthy meal or snack. One smoothie is filled with so many vitamins and nutrients, and they taste great. It’s really difficult to pass one up. 🙂
Smoothie varieties are endless. You can make so many types of smoothies it’s actually fun to experiment. One of my new favorite green smoothies is this Pineapple Cucumber Green Smoothie. The addition of cucumber makes this bright green Pineapple Cucumber Green Smoothie so refreshing. It’s so refreshing you might be surprised at how healthy it is!
This is an all fruit and vegetable smoothie. It’s just spinach, cucumber, pineapple, banana, apple and lime.
A fun fact about pineapple — besides vitamin C, B1, potassium and manganese, it’s one of the best sources of bromelain. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme. Historically, it was used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent. Because of this, bromelain is used to reduce swelling — in the sinuses, after surgery or injury, and relaxing muscles and joint pain. It’s also helpful with digestive conditions to reduce swelling and ulcers. Additionally, bromelain can help treat a variety of other health issues including allergies, cancer, pulmonary edema and asthma.
Because of the wide range of health benefits, you can buy bromelain supplements if you’d rather not eat pineapple core. If you haven’t tried it, pineapple core tastes just like the rest of the pineapple, the texture is just different. It’s a little tough and chewy, but if you leave your pineapple out of the counter a couple days it’ll soften the core. Because of it’s not so perfect texture, I prefer to add pineapple core to a smoothie or juice it. Fresh pineapple juice tastes great!
I know this is a lot of information about the health benefits of pineapple, but I just think it’s so interesting. My husband is a chiropractor and after he studied nutrition we started eating a little differently. I can’t believe that I used to throw the pineapple core away. All those health benefits down the trash!
Ok, back to my Pineapple Cucumber Green Smoothie.
I added the water to help the smoothie blend smoothly, plus the ice to cools things down.
Additionally, the 2 tablespoons of chia seeds adds extra nutritional value. Chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, omega-3, calcium, potassium and magnesium. They don’t call chia seeds a superfood for no reason! 🙂 It’s really neat to get all those health benefits with no added flavor. Which makes chia seeds a great addition to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt etc.
When I make a green smoothie I rarely add milk, regular or non dairy. I’ve found that you just don’t need it. The vegetables and fruit are great on there own. However, occasionally I’ll add Greek yogurt to a green smoothie. If I’m really hungry, it adds protein to really help fill you up.
I made this smoothie to serve two people but you can easily add more or less ingredients to make as many servings as you’d like. Or serve in smaller glasses as a side to a main meal.
One more note:
A green smoothie is a healthy drink for kids too. My kids love green smoothies. Besides water, chocolate milk, homemade juice, green smoothies are my little ones favorite drink. I hope you too enjoy this smoothie! 🙂
Sources: If you’d like more information on the health benefits of pineapple and chia seeds, Dr. Axe’s website, Dr. Mercola’s website or the Mayo Clinic are just a few sources that my husband and I have found to be helpful.
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