(Green) Pina Colada for Breakfast!

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Had to drop by to post an awesome smoothie I made this week for breakfast. My Tone It Up girls will love it…all of the pineapple recipes must have inspired me! It isn’t the prettiest, but is delicious and PACKED with fruit, nutrients and filling protein.

Green Pina Colada


1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (regular skim milk can work, too)

1/3 cup almond + coconut milk blend (I use Almond Breeze brand)

1 TB 100% pineapple juice

1 TB chia seeds

1 cup pineapple chunks

1 frozen banana

3 strawberries

Small handful blackberries

Splash of vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use SunWarrior)

2 handfuls spinach (can’t taste it….promise!!!)

Shredded coconut to garnish

Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. The color isn’t pretty (thanks to the berries and spinach, but your body will thank you for the added superfoods’ fruitiness and antioxidants), but it is delicious! Add water as needed to make things move a little easier…this is a seriously packed smoothie. Pour into a glass and garnish with some shredded coconut! Close your eyes and pretend you are amongst palm trees…sigh. Miss those.

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I LOVED this smoothie, and it kept me full until lunch. Let me know if you try it! You can obviously omit the spinach if you’re not big on green smoothies.

Do you like green smoothies? I love them! My Vitamix makes it super easy to throw in a bunch of greens for added veggie servings…and you don’t even taste it!


4 thoughts on “(Green) Pina Colada for Breakfast!

  1. Scott K.

    Spinach all the way! I bought a Blendtec like 2 months ago and spinach is the main ingredient in my green smoothies. I’ve dropped some pounds since then and maybe a few months out from reaching my ideal body/body weight. Now cuz of all this hoopla I’ve got goin Eric is getting a juicer too. Its awesome stuff

    1. Sam @ The Balance Artist Post author

      Yay, that is awesome!!! Good for you. I have lost weight and toned up since I left Arizona, and stuff like this is a major reason why, for sure. I want a juicer, too! Wish we could be workin’ on our fitness all together…miss you guys!!

  2. Jess

    Okay I’m obsessed with smoothies and when you said this one kept you full until lunch and has all these superfoods I was sold – I’ll be trying this one this week! Question for you though… I’m not a huge almond/coconut milk fan, think I can use soy milk instead? And what are chia seeds? I don’t think I’ve ever seen or had them before. I may leave them out unless they are crucial to the recipe (I hate buying new ingredients – I know, LAZY!).

    Glad to see all is well with you πŸ™‚

    1. Sam @ The Balance Artist Post author

      I also have a really good oatmeal-cookie-esque one I will have to give you….even better. You can definitely use soy milk, or even skim. I use them all, but am on an almond milk kick! As for chia seed…check this: http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2011/08/why-eat-chia-seeds/ She explains it perfectly…and that chia pudding is amazing. You definitely do NOT need them for this smoothie, though…they just add to the texture and have lots of omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber, etc. Just buy some next time you see them in bulk if you go to a Whole Foods or something, I add them to my morning oatmeal a lot, as well as tons of smoothies.

      Good to hear from you! πŸ™‚


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