Easy Pineapple Blueberry Smoothie
Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Whip up this light and refreshing smoothie with your fruit that is on its way out!
I hate wasting food and so when I saw that my pineapple and blueberries were nearing the end I had to make something out of them. I had these ingredients in my pantry and fridge! I hope this recipe is simple and delicious, and helps you to cut down on your food waste!
1 c. Almond Milk (or use any milk substitute you have in your fridge)
1/2 c. blueberries (I used fresh)
1/4 Pineapple Wedge
Handful of ice
1 tbsp. chia seeds
*if using frozen fruit no need to add ice see note below*
1. Add handful of ice to blender
2. Pour in 1 c. of ice
3. Add in blueberries, pineapple, and chia seeds
4. Blend until smooth
Blueberries are low in calories and fat, but packed with healthy fiber!
Blueberries are a good source of manganese (essential mineral is needed for normal amino acid, protein, lipid, and carbohydrate metabolism) and vitamins C (antioxidant important for skin health and immune function) and K1 (nutrient mostly involved in blood clotting but may also benefit bone health). They also provide small amounts of copper, as well as vitamins E and B6.
Who knew these little berries that are so beautiful on my cheese boards could be so powerful!
Pineapples are low in calories but don't let that fool you they are loaded with insane nutrients!:
Fiber: 2.3 grams
Vitamin C: 131% of the RDI
Manganese: 76% of the RDI
Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDI
Copper: 9% of the RDI
Thiamin: 9% of the RDI
Folate: 7% of the RDI
Potassium: 5% of the RDI
Magnesium: 5% of the RDI
Niacin: 4% of the RDI
Pantothenic acid: 4% of the RDI
Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
Iron: 3% of the RDI
Pineapples are a good source of antioxidants, which may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Many of the antioxidants in pineapple are bound, so they may have longer lasting effects. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that may boost the immune system.
This smoothie sure is the right way to be starting your day if you ask me!
Since I had an entire pineapple to cut I wanted to save some of it for later this week. I cubed the remaining pieces and put them in a freezer safe zip lock bag, plus added in the blueberries. Now I have my mixture of fruit ready to go for next time, and since they are frozen I won't need to add ice!