This pineapple recovery smoothie is the perfect post-workout drink because it’s packed with nutrients known to help decrease inflammation and speed up muscle recovery.
I love green smoothies! They’re such a great way to provide your body with a large dose of leafy greens. Plus, blending helps to break down the nutrients included so all those vitamins, minerals and enzymes are easily digested and absorbed by your body.
And I actually prefer green smoothies to green juice just because with smoothies you’re still getting all the fiber, which is pretty much nonexistent with juice.
Why You’ll Love This Smoothie
It’s made with just six ingredients!
It’a awesome for refueling after a workout, but it’s also great for when you’re sick or healing from an injury.
It comes together in no time at all… just add everything to a blender and blend away!
pineapple – pineapple is rich with the enzyme bromelain, which aids in the digestion of protein and can help curb inflammation. It’s also packed with vitamin C, an important antioxidant for tissue growth and healing.
apple – a red or green apple will work in this smoothie. Apples are loaded with vitamin C and nutrients.
lemon – lemon juice helps to boost your immunity and flush toxins. It’s also packed with vitamin C. Just make sure you’re using fresh lemon juice, not the bottled stuff.
kale – the perfect leafy green powerhouse. It’s really high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C and K as well as potassium. It’s also a good plant-based source of calcium and is loaded with antioxidants.
ginger – one of my favorite flavors and it has a ton of health benefits. It helps with digestion and is anti-inflammatory, among many other amazing benefits.
water – I typically use plain water for my smoothies, but coconut water is also a great option for hydration. Plus, it’s packed with electrolytes!
chia seeds – chia seeds are optional, but they are a great source of fiber and healthy fats.
How to Make
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth, adding additional water until the smoothie is the texture and consistency you enjoy.
I love the combination of flavors I’ve shared for this smoothie, but if you want to switch it up, here are some ideas:
Swap the kale for spinach – spinach is another great leafy green option for smoothies. It has a super mild flavor so you won’t be able to taste the greens.
Chia seeds – you could also use flax or hemp seeds in this smoothie!
Add some protein – If you feel like your workout is intense enough to warrant the need for protein replenishment, you can certainly add a scoop of protein powder, collagen powder or Greek yogurt to the smoothie. For the Greek yogurt I’d start with 1/4 cup and add more if desired. The more you add, the tangier it will be.