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Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie

Fresh, tropical pineapple green protein smoothie packed with plant-based protein and delicious Flavor. Made banana-free with steamed cauliflower, pineapple, mango, orange juice, cashews, and hemp powder, this amazing smoothie recipe is a fabulous way to start the day.

Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie - made banana-free with steamed cauliflower and packed with plant-based protein for a healthy breakfast

How has your protein smoothie game these days? Lately, I’ve been all about a good tropical smoothie with pineapple, mango, and orange juice. I find this combination yields such a fantastic flavor, I’ve been hard pressed to go with any other flavors. What can I say? #AddictivePersonality.

Made with fresh pineapple, steamed (and frozen) cauliflower, mango, orange juice, raw cashews, spinach, and hemp protein powder, this smoothie tastes like a tropical dream and happens to be a healthful breakfast and/or post workout refuel.

I use steamed cauliflower in my smoothies in place of banana, because I have an intolerance to bananas. I steam a big batch of cauliflower, allow it to cool, then freeze it for smoothies. The cauliflower adds volume to the smoothie as well as that creaminess banana adds without all the sugar.

All things considered, this smoothie is:

  • Full of plant-based protein
  • Great source of fiber
  • Awesome for healthy digestion
  • Banana-free for those who are intolerant

Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie - made banana-free with steamed cauliflower and packed with plant-based protein for a healthy breakfast

Lettuce discuss the health benefits of this smoothie…starting with the pineapple.

Pineapple is a powerful anti-inflammatory and contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that breaks down protein, thereby assisting in digestion and proper nutrient absorption.

Full of vitamins and fiber, spinach is amazing for helping food move in your digestive system while injecting you with nutrients.

While I’m not a huge fan of protein powder traditionally, I’m super into hemp protein powder. It’s very easy to digest, which is perfect for those with digestive issues or IBS like me. It’s also a sustainable plant-based protein.

Steamed and frozen cauliflower lends to the bulk and creaminess of the smoothie and also adds fiber and vitamins.

Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie - made banana-free with steamed cauliflower and packed with plant-based protein for a healthy breakfast

Recipe Adaptations:

  • If you can tolerate bananas and are fine with additional sugar, feel free to replace the cauliflower with 1 ripe frozen banana.
  • Use your favorite nut in place of cashews
  • Incorporate your favorite protein powder in place of the hemp protein.
  • To cut out some of the sugar, go halvsies with the OJ and unsweetened almond milk.

Bottoms up!

Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie - made banana-free with steamed cauliflower and packed with plant-based protein for a healthy breakfast

Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 large smoothie
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mango chopped
  • 1/2 cup steamed cauliflower frozen
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest optional
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. Poor into a large glass (or two glasses) and serve.

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lesley

Saturday 12th of May 2018

looks amazing. will definitely be trying it. just a quick question ... why does the cauliflower (or banana) need to be frozen? Thanks. Lesley

Julia

Sunday 13th of May 2018

Hi Lesley,

I freeze the steamed cauliflower to add chill to the smoothie. You can bypass the freezing by just adding ice :D

marcie

Monday 23rd of April 2018

Subbing banana with cauliflower is such a smart idea. I truly need to try it in smoothies! I'm all about tropical flavors and this is such a pretty color. Talk about a day brightener!

Shirley

Monday 23rd of April 2018

I am looking forward to making this smoothie tomorrow morning. I didn't realize pineapples are so good for you. I love the pictures!

Julia

Monday 23rd of April 2018

I hope you love it!! :D

Natalie Ellis

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

I love green smoothie alot. In fact, I often make advocado smoothie for myself at least twice a week. However, I've never tried with the steamed and frozen cauliflower for smoothie. Must try this next time!

Julia

Monday 23rd of April 2018

I'm so happy to hear it, Natalie! Your additions sound amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Great site

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

I knew about pineapple for inflammation/joints, but not for digestion! Very cool. Tried it, liked it, keep going back to it!! I was looking for recipes to use some fresh pineapple I had on hand and tried this. I made this smoothie this morning. Tasted Very Good. I did add about 1/2cups more almond milk,plus I always put 2TBS of organic flaxseed,1TBS Chia seeds in my green smoothies for extra benefits. I will be making this again soon.

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