Pineapples offer a unique sweet and tangy taste that is great in smoothie mixes with other ingredients. The
taste from pineapples usually does not take over other flavors but brings them out more. That is why pineapples, or pineapple juices are good ingredients for many different recipes. In many smoothie recipes, adding pineapple juice alone can create a very flavorful smoothie. Pineapples are also full of Vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and other nutrients as well. Pineapples also contain bromelain which has is anti-inflammatory and may decrease blood clotting as well. Thus adding pineapples not only makes a smoothie taste good but also very healthy.
Chosing a ripe pineapple is not hard. First check for fresh, green leaves and plumpness. Smell the base for a sweet, pineapple smell. Check for soft or moldy spots that are signs of bad fruit.
Fresh or Canned Pineapples
Selecting either type of pineapple for your smoothie will give a similar taste. The main differences is that the canned version is packed with preservatives and syrup that gives a different taste that is still good in smoothies. A fresh pineapple offers a natural sweet and tangy taste that the canned version just can't compare to. The fresh version, however needs to be well sliced and blended. If fresh pineapple is available, it is recommended that it is used. Cutting up fresh pineapple and storing it in the refrigerator is a viable option for your quick smoothie sessions. If fresh pineapple is not readily available, go with light syrup with pineapples in rings or cubes.
Orange Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
the flavors of Oranges and Pineapples seem to blend well together in many products including smoothies. The orange pineapple smoothie uses some juice to blend together the natural pineapple flavor.
1 sweet orange peeled and sliced
1/2 cup sliced fresh pineapple
1/2 a banana
1/2 cup of orange-pineapple juice or banana-orange-pineapple juice
1/2 cup of ice
Blend the banana with the ice and juice till slushy. Add the oranges and pineapples slices and blend on high for around 1 minute until pineapples are finely blended. Enjoy your tropical smoothie.
Vanilla Ice Cream & Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
1/2 vanilla ice cream
1 cup of canned pineapples drained of syrup
1/2 cup milk
Blend the banana with the milk until slushy. Stir in the vanilla ice cream for a few seconds than add the pineapple pieces. Blend on low for 20 seconds and enjoy your smoothie. No extra sweetener is needed because the vanilla ice cream provides a very sweet taste to go along with the pineapple. Other ice cream flavors may work as well.