When the temps start to rise, the drinks need to be cool and refreshing. Nothing says tropical like pineapple and nothing is more cooling than mint. You combine the two and you have an amazing Pineapple Mint Smoothie recipe to die for!
Sugar-Free but we’ll never tell!
Tropical and refreshing, our Pineapple Mint Smoothie is a perfect drink for sipping by the pool or a backyard BBQ. The best part? There’s no added sugar!
Traditional fruit smoothies may look healthy but they have a LOT of added sugar. A typical commercial smoothie can contain 11-15 teaspoons of sugar per drink! Using a ripe pineapple in this recipe will reduce the need to add any sweetener.
How To Pick A Ripe Pineapple For The Best-Tasting Smoothie!
When I was younger we used to travel to Hawaii in the fall, the sweet smell of pineapple as you traveled the coast was amazing. We would visit the Dole plantation and purchase ripe pineapple to snack on from the street vendors, there’s nothing like it. Contrary, pick a green pineapple? It will leave your mouth tasteless and chalky- yuck!
From my experience running a produce business for a couple of years, I’ve picked up a thing or two about choosing ripe fruit and veggies. Here are some tips to make sure you get a ripe pineapple every time.
Tips To Pick a Ripe Pineapple
- Look with your eyes first. Is it more green than yellow? Then it’s probably not ripe.
- Is the top all brown? If the top looks more dead than alive, it’s probably overripe.
- Next, feel it. A ripe pineapple will feel firm but you can indent your fingers, it will have a little give but not squishy.
- Lastly is the smell test. A ripe pineapple will ALWAYS smell good. You want to smell the bottom of the pineapple where the stem used to be. It should smell sweet and fruity.
Pineapple Mint Smoothie that’s Sugar-Free but Ohhhhhh Soooo Good!
You can drink this pineapple smoothie recipe for breakfast, in the afternoon to cool off by the pool or add a shot of rum for an evening cocktail smoothie.
- 1 can pineapple of chunks (20 oz) or two cups of fresh pineapple.
- 1/4 cup milk. You can replace milk with almond milk or coconut milk for a dairy-free option.
* for a tropical twist or to use as a smoothie for breakfast you can replace the milk with orange juice.
- 1/4 cup ice cubes
- Several sprigs fresh Mint or Pineapple Mint
- A slice of pineapple and mint for garnish
- Drain the pineapple juice if using canned pineapple.
- Freeze fruit overnight.
- Add your frozen pineapple, milk or dairy-free substitute, and mint into a blender and pulse until completely blended.
- Pour in a glass
- Garnish with fresh mint and pineapple.
- Serve immediately…. Enjoy!
What is your favorite Smoothie Recipe?
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