By Anett Kovacs
Reviewed by Jinan Banna, PhD, RD
This pineapple oat milk smoothie is the perfect way to start your day! It’s sweet, healthy and simply delicious!
For this smoothie recipe, I chose pineapple as the main fruit to make it more interesting, but you could also use other fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, or you could even mix fruits together. It will be delicious either way, I promise.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is packed with nutrients, but it is especially loaded with vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means it fights against the free radicals in our body that we get exposed to from UV radiation, pollution, cigarette smoking, chemicals, to mention a few. Vitamin C plays an important role in our body and helps our immune system to function better, wounds to heal faster, and iron to get absorbed more efficiently. For more about the health benefits of fruit, check out this blog post on why fruits and vegetables are good for you.
For the oat milk, I used “Chobani Plain Zero Sugar Oat Milk”, but you can try it with regular plain, home-made or even with other brands. It really is up to you.
This smoothie recipe also calls for kefir, which is a fermented drink that contains probiotic bacteria and yeast. These probiotics have beneficial effects for our gut microbiome by producing enzymes and chemicals that change the way we digest food therefore making that process easier. Recent research has highlighted the following properties of kefir: anti-obesity, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol lowering, constipation alleviating, and antimicrobial. So, if you do not particularly love kefir on its own, but you want to include it in your diet, this smoothie is a great way to do so.
The natural sugars from the fruits and honey deliver a great taste and freshness to this smoothie. Of course, you can always add a little more honey to it if you are in a sweet mood ?. Lastly, the almond butter not only provides a creamier and thicker texture to the smoothie, but it also helps to keep you fuller for a longer period. If you do not have almond butter at home, feel free to substitute it with peanut butter.
- 1 cup of oat milk
- 1/8 cup plain kefir
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup pineapple
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp honey
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