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Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Justin Han - Reviewed by Jinan Banna, PhD, RD
Blueberries are fiber-rich and low in calories. They contain several antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects, contributing to good cardiovascular health and glucose metabolism. Recent research has even shown that blueberries can improve memory performance, suggesting benefits related to cognitive capabilities and potentially reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Like blueberries, pineapple also contains antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in the body. Pineapple also contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins, which can aid in protein digestion and absorption. In this recipe, I chose to use kale and avocado as complementing ingredients, as they provide additional fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats, respectively.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 110 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 11/4 cups 100% apple juice (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup kale
  • ½ ea avocado
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Add the frozen blueberries, frozen pineapple, kale and apple juice to the blender. Blend until all the ingredients are broken down.
    1 cup blueberries, 1 cup pineapple chunks, ½ cup kale, 11/4 cups 100% apple juice
    blueberry pineapple on blender
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the blender. Blend until everything is combined and the texture is uniform.
    ½ ea avocado, ¼ tsp nutmeg, 2 tsp lemon zest
    Blended keel juice
  • Pour into glasses and garnish with leftover frozen blueberries and frozen pineapple
    Blended juice

Notes

 If you want to incorporate calcium into this smoothie (and are not lactose intolerant), substitute the avocado with plain greek yogurt. Feel free to omit the kale, nutmeg, or lemon zest if you don’t like the tastes or if they’re not readily accessible in your area. 
Keyword Blended juice, Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie