Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie (Green Smoothie)



Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie

Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie

Sometimes you just need a thirst quenching snack.  Sometimes you just want a drink that tastes good and has an abundance of nutrients.  Sometimes you just need a traditional green smoothie.  This Crazy Coconut, Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie will do just that.

Traditional Green Smoothies

This Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie is such a refreshing snack. It only contains 4 ingredients. Find out what they are so you can make it.What no Green Thickie recipe today I hear you cry?  Don’t worry I’ve not taken a break from Green Thickies.  I still drink them daily and have literally hundreds of recipes to share with you.  But after all my heavy (but yet still healthy) ice cream recipes that I’ve been sharing lately I thought I’d go back to basics today with a traditional green smoothie recipe.

After the success of my recent post 10 Top Green Smoothie Recipes for International Green Smoothie Day, I realised how popular green smoothies are with you all, so in the future I’m going to try and bring you a lot more green smoothie (snacks) recipes as well as Green Thickie (meals) recipes.  I’ll be sharing these either in the form of my own inventions or other people’s that I’ve tried and loved.

Do I drink both Green Smoothies and Green Thickies?

I don’t drink traditional green smoothies very often, but only because I don’t have time.  That’s why I invented the green thickie.  It fills me up and does the job of providing my nutrients, but if you want to get EVEN more nutrients and you have the time.  I totally recommend snacking on green smoothies.

Snack on green smoothies in addition to your Green Thickies for even more nutrients. 

This Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie is such a quick simple yet gorgeous smoothie.  Try it today

Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie

If you just fancy a quick healthy refreshing drink this is the way to go.  This isn’t a meal so don’t expect it will fill you up for long but on a hot day it really hits the spot.

I have already shared this recipe as one of my 15 quick easy green smoothies, but I want to start adding more green smoothies to my recipe database along with descriptions and photos so I’m going to be highlighting them a lot more in the future.

This smoothie is what it is.  If you like coconut and you like pineapple, you’ll adore this drink.  As it doesn’t contain anything to make it creamy it has a funny pattern but I think it looks really pretty.

I’d love to know how often you drink thick filling green smoothies and how often you would make a more traditional thin green smoothie and how long they fill you up for.

Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie (Green Smoothie)

Rating: 51

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Crazy Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Smoothie (Green Smoothie)

This Crazy Coconut, Pineapple and Spinach smoothie is a nutritious delicious snack that will really quench your thirst.

Ingredients

1 Cup Water (If you are drinking this straight away substitute half a cup of water for ice)
4 Cups Pineapple (1 medium pineapple chopped)
½ Cup shredded Coconut (Like this) (You could use coconut milk, creamed coconut or coconut meat)
1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed (or other mild greens)

Instructions

Blend the ingredients in the following order:

1. Blend the dry ingredients and liquid first for a short time

2. Blend the greens next for a short time (if using)

3. Blend the fruit and the rest of the ingredients until smooth (or as smooth as your blender will allow. High speed blenders may need 2 minutes for a Green Thickie, less powerful blenders may need a lot more, sometimes 5-10 minutes)

More tips:

Blending this way allows the dry ingredients to be blended for longest, it means the greens will fit in your blender and your fruit gets less blending so it doesn’t become too hot.

- Add more water if required to thin it out.

- Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.

- If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending. You can also replace half of the liquids with ice. Add the ice at the end. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.

How much should I drink to replace a meal?

- Only use a meal replacement if you’ve added the oats/quinoa.

- This Green Thickie serves 2 so you should DRINK HALF OF THIS RECIPE. But if you have higher calorie requirements you may need to drink more.

Suitable for Special Diets:

- Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa)

- Raw (Use raw oats/quinoa)

- Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk or tofu),

- Salt free (don't add salt)

- Nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn't include coconuts)

More information about making the perfect Green Thickie

If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie

http://www.greenthickies.com/crazy-coconut-pineapple-and-spinach-smoothie/

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Comments

  1. Silly Bloglovin’ hasn’t been updating your blog for me- I’ve missed loads! I looove coconut so this smoothies is right up my alley.

    I totally hear you on just wanting a refreshing, nutritious beverage sometimes. While super thick green smoothies are delicious, they can be heavy for a lighter snack. This looks perfect for that

    • Hi Gabby. That’s not so good about Bloglovin. I’ve found that happening with quite a few of my favourite blogs. Coconut is gorgeous isn’t it. I recently started buying brown coconuts as they are very cheap here.
      Yes if I had more time I’d definitely drink more green smoothies as well as green thickies. The other morning I was trying out some green smoothie recipes and had to drink 4 of them to fill myself up. Takes too long with a baby crawling around my feet. I had to add oats to my last one as I just didn’t feel full enough to leave the house.

  2. Jenny$1983 says:

    I always have two green smoothies a day: a green thickie (either your recipe or another recipe to which I add oats and greens) for breakfast, then a post-workout one with protein powder in it. Yesterday I had your Strawberry Shortcake dessert thickie with spinach then the blueberry one you highlighted (with carob and nutritional yeast) with added unflavoured protein powder after my workout – delicious! I’ve referred to your green smoothie page a few times for inspiration for flavours, so I’d be glad to see you elaborate on them and create photos for them :)

    • Wow that’s great to know how you drink your daily green smoothies. Thank you Jenny. Yes I usually have either one or two servings of green thickies in the morning depending on how long I’m going to have to wait until lunch or I take one with me if I’m in a rush. I often have another serving for lunch with some oatcakes and hummus. I would definitely drink more if I had more time. I adore green smoothies, especially when I discover a great new recipe. I tried the one with the carob and nutritional yeast too and thought it tasted really wholesome. I might try some more with nutritional yeast in. I would never have thought to add that to a smoothie! Thank you so much for your great feedback. It’s really helpful for me so I know what you want to see more of.

  3. Nutritious and delicious and tropical – you are a queen my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Jenny$1983 says:

    Yes, nutritional yeast seems an odd addition, I first saw it on HEAB’s site: she adds it to a chocolate chip cookie dough-boy smoothie to give it a nutty taste and a bit of texture. I’ve also used it in homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cups (from AverieCooks, back when she loved veggies and yoga and wasn’t posting recipes with several cups of heavy cream and sugar :D) and I loved it! I can’t seem to eat it unless it’s completely hidden in something or it repeats on me :(

    One definite requirement for all smoothies: thick as possible! It’s how I like to eat them anyway, but my stomach doesn’t tolerate liquid well (I have to be really careful about drinking around eating or I’ll get that horrible sloshy water balloon feeling – or sometimes I have that all the time anyway) so I need them to be like pudding. Easy to see why I love your site ;)

    Mmmmmm, hummus … I need to make some soon, I haven’t had a hummus, avocado and tomato paste sandwich in far too long :)

    • Wow that smoothie sounds gorgeous! Yes a lot of people can’t tolerate it well. I can’t tolerate most things but I still eat some of them anyway as I just like food too much.
      Yes I get that sloshie feeling in my stomach too a lot of the time. I now down a pint of water before every meal and I’ve got used to that now, but yes I feel like my body gets confused when I drink green smoothies that are too thin as if it doesn’t know if it’s a food or a drink. I quite like my drinks to be neutral, just water as I like to feel full when I have great tasting food.
      Wow hummus avocado and tomato paste sound like a great combination! Yum! I haven’t had an actual sandwich for a very long time. I only eat bread occasionally and often at the weekend last thing at night as it makes me so tired.

  5. Jenny$1983 says:

    Here’s the link: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2011/04/11/cooke-dough-for-breakfast/ in case you feel like trying it. HEAB also just stirred it into oat bran!

    It’s strange about how liquid can affect your stomach; I’m OK with water so long as I drink it on a fairly empty stomach, but I can’t drink liquids with food or for a while after. I don’t even drink herbal teas, because when I tried they would upset my stomach too. Just plain water for me, thanks!

    Well, hummus, avocado and tomato paste is a great combination on oatcakes or raw crackers too :)

    • Thank you. That cookie dough smoothie looks great. I think I’d try it with cocoa powder. Yes I’m probably the same with liquids but I usually get too thirsty with my meals to not drink with them, although the pint of water before my meal helps. I feel better since I gave up herbal teas but I’ll probably go back to them in the winter when I’m too cold.
      I’m going to have to try that on an oat cake, yum!

  6. DElish,,,the coconut really helps to boost the yumminess!

  7. Debbie Samuels says:

    I would love to be a tester. I have lost and gained the same 40 pounds over the years and would love to improve my health. I live a very stressful life and have severe fatigue. I hope this is the year that I can regain my energy and improve my health. I have a Vitamix blender and a juicer.

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