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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie–with cayenne.

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A delicious and refreshing Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie made without yogurt! This all fruit smoothie is refreshing, creamy, and naturally sweetened with fruit only. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little spicy kick!

Refreshing Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie with Cayenne

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It’s January here in Maine, but I’m making it feel like summer with my perfect and spicy Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie.

Personally, after all the holiday festivities, I crave something nourishing.

I’ve been on the holiday sweets and treats train since late October, and I’m ready to take a little break to reset and give my body some healthy fuel.

That’s where this Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie comes in!

This smoothie is light, refreshing, and full of good for you ingredients–including immunity boosting vitamins and nutrients!

I also love to add little cayenne pepper to give it extra zip.

I’m bringing you this post today in collaboration with my dear friends Megan from Simply Rooted Farmhouse, and Alexa from The Duvall Homestead.

We’re excited to bring you some of our favorite healthy recipes for the new year! I’ll link all my girls’ recipes at the bottom of this post!

What’s in this smoothie?

This spicy Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie is so simple and made with only 4 ingredients (5 if you include the cayenne)!

You will need:

  • Pineapple (fresh or frozen). Canned works too if you’re in a pinch, just make sure it’s in its own juice.
  • Strawberries, fresh or frozen. Make sure they’re not in syrup or added sugar in any way.
  • A small ripe banana
  • Pineapple juice or water. If using pineapple juice make sure it’s 100% juice with no added sugars or other weird stuff.
  • Cayenne Pepper, if you want to be bold. This is totally optional.

Is This Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Healthy?

This smoothie is packed with a ton of vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin C, antioxidants, and Potassium! These help with digestion, immunity, and muscle health to name a few.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the healthy ingredients and vitamins going into your body:

  • Strawberries: loaded with Vitamin C, and antioxidants, and may help to raise your good cholesterol. Strawberries are also a great source of Manganese and Potassium and they’re low in calories!
  • Pineapple: Great for digestion, low in calories, and like strawberries, they’re packed with Vitamin C and Manganese. Pineapple is a great immunity booster and is loaded with antioxidants.
  • Banana: For this smoothie, the banana is used to create a naturally creamy texture, without adding yogurt. But as we all know, bananas are a nutrient powerhouse! These guys are full of Potassium and Magnesium, and they help to moderate blood sugar levels!
  • Cayenne Pepper (if using): Cayenne is an easy way to add a little kick and flavor to your smoothie. It may help to boost your metabolism, reduce joint pain, and aid in digestive health!

You’re getting a generous serving of real fruit easily when consuming this smoothie, and your body will thank you for it! There’s no added sugar and no artificial ingredients!

If you wanted to bump up the nutrition even more, you can add your favorite protein powder, chia or flax seeds, or even some dark leafy greens!

Just remember, always consult a physician before making any big changes to your diet to find out what works best for you and your body! And just like with everything in life, enjoy this smoothie in moderation.

How To Make A Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

How to make a strawberry pineapple smoothie

Instructions

Add the banana, strawberries, pineapple, and cayenne (if using) to the blender.

Pour in 1/2 a cup* of pineapple juice and blend until smooth and creamy.

Continue to add additional pineapple juice or water to get the consistency you desire.

*If you’re blending fruit that is still frozen, more pineapple juice or water will be necessary.

What is the best fruit to use for this smoothie?

This smoothie is very flexible.

You can use frozen fruit, fresh, or even canned fruit in a pinch!

The key thing to remember is we don’t want any fruit in syrup or added sugar. The fruit you select should be in either it’s own 100% juice or nothing at all.

Using Frozen Fruit In This Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie:

Frozen fruit is a great way to get delicious fruit year round and it works perfectly in smoothies.

If you’re using all frozen fruit (with the exception of the banana), I recommend letting the fruit thaw for at least an hour or two or even overnight before blending. Otherwise, you’ll need to significantly increase the amount of juice or water you add to get the smoothie blended.

For example, if I use a combo of frozen strawberries and fresh pineapple, or just all fresh fruit, I only need to add about 1/2 a cup of pineapple juice.

But when I use all frozen fruit, I find that I need to increase my pineapple juice to 1 1/4 cups to smooth it out.

So depending how much juice you want to use or have on hand, keep in mind that the more frozen the fruit is, the more liquid you’ll need to add!

Variations and Add Ins

This smoothie is so simple and delicious on its own, but it also allows for a lot of fun mix-ins for added nutrients and flavor combos! Here is a list of twists and variations you could add:

  • Add chia seeds, flax, or hemp seeds for extra nutrients
  • Stir in your favorite collagen or powdered supplements
  • Vanilla protein would be a dream in this smoothie
  • Play with the juice flavors by swapping the pineapple juice for orange, carrot, mango, apple, or coconut water. Just make sure whatever you use is 100% juice with no added sugar.
  • Add almond, oat, or coconut milk for extra creaminess and nutrients!
  • Blend in some super greens like kale or spinach for a delightfully sweet green smoothie
  • Omit the banana and add a big scoop of protein packed yogurt

Make it ahead

Two top down images of smoothies with fresh strawberries and pineapple on top and around the glasses.

To make this Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie ahead, pop all the ingredients except for the pineapple juice in the blender (or a zip top bag if you’re short on fridge space). Store in the fridge until the next morning.

When you’re ready for a smoothie, add 1/2 cup of pineapple juice to the blender, pop it back on its base, and blend until smooth.

That’s it! It only took 60 seconds and you’re on your way with a vitamin packed, nutritious breakfast!

Refreshing Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie with Cayenne

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A refreshing and light smoothie made with only fruit and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole strawberries, stems removed, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • A small ripe banana
  • 1/2-1 cup of pineapple juice (100% juice please) or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the banana, strawberries, pineapple, and cayenne (if using) to the blender.
  2. Pour in 1/2 a cup (see notes) of pineapple juice and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  3. Continue to add additional pineapple juice or water to get the consistency you desire.

Notes

If your fruit is frozen, additional juice or water will be required for blending.

Allow the frozen fruit to thaw for 2 hours to overnight if you'd like to use less pineapple juice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 102gFiber: 10gSugar: 81gProtein: 4g

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2 Comments

  1. I just saw this on your Instagram and immediately came to the blog post. This will definitely be breakfast for tomorrow. Also, your photography is always so perfect. Great post!

    1. I have been looking for smoothie recipes without yogurt. This one sounds delicious. Can’t wait to make it.

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