This pineapple smoothie is perfect post-workout because it’s packed with nutrients known to help decrease inflammation and speed up muscle recovery.

Yesterday’s I hosted a green smoothie workshop at my local Pure Barre studio.

I gave everyone my spiel about green smoothies… highlighting that they’re such a great way to provide your body with a large dose of leafy greens and the fact that blending helps to break down the vitamins, minerals and enzymes included so they’re easily digested and absorbed by your body.

Glass with a green pineapple smoothie on a striped dish towel. A bowl of orange and apple slices and ginger, and a jar of chia seeds are beside the smoothie.

I actually prefer them to green juice just because with smoothies you’re still getting all the fiber, which is pretty much nonexistent with juices.

Green pineapple recovery smoothie topped with chia seeds.

Ingredients for a Post-Workout Smoothie

I chose the ingredients for this pineapple smoothie strategically knowing that I’d be serving it after a workout class.

  • 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.
  • Apples and lemon are both loaded with vitamin C as well as a myriad of additional vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  • Kale and chia seeds are both nutritional powerhouses so they were no-brainer additions to the smoothie.
  • And the addition of ginger is key because it has powerful anti-inflammatory powers. It also adds a nice little spicy zing to the smoothie.

Glass with a green pineapple smoothie on a folded dish towel. Bowls of apple, orange, ginger, chia seeds and pineapples are around the smoothie.

With these ingredients, this pineapple smoothie is an awesome drink for refueling after a workout, but it’s also great for when you’re sick or healing from an injury.

Glass with a green pineapple smoothie on a folded dish towel. Bowls of apple, orange, ginger, chia seeds and pineapples are around the smoothie.

The one thing I will mention is that this smoothie doesn’t have a ton of protein like most post-workout smoothies you’ll see out there. If you feel like your workout is intense enough to warrant the need for protein replenishment, you can certainly add some protein powder to the smoothie or simply enjoy the smoothie as part of a meal that includes a good source of protein.

If you try this pineapple smoothie be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting us know how it turned out! Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!

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Lime green smoothies on a striped napkin, with bowls of apple slices, ginger, pineapple and chia seeds around the smoothie on a white marble table.

Pineapple Recovery Smoothie


This pineapple recovery smoothie is packed with nutrients known to help decrease inflammation and in turn, speed up muscle recovery.


  • 1/2 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 3/4 cup water or coconut water
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 12 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 knob fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)


  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth, adding additional water until the smoothie is the texture and consistency you enjoy.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 264
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: pineapple smoothie

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    1. Delaram
      November 4, 2020 AT 5:26 am

      That was perfect!
      I also add some Spirulina power 😍

    2. Anina
      August 10, 2019 AT 6:25 am

      Made this smoothie for an easy meal replacement and to help ease getting back into a steady diet. It was very good I would recommend using a small amount of ginger a lot goes a long way!

    3. Jan Mares
      May 2, 2016 AT 4:07 pm

      Looks delicious, Brittany! I really like green smoothies (usually I make them of spinach). I have never tried chia seeds, but I have them on my list to try. So far I like goji seeds as additional ingredient 🙂

    4. Katie @ adultingdaily
      May 2, 2016 AT 1:13 pm

      Looks and sounds tasty! I did a half marathon this weekend, so a recovery smoothie sounds amazing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2016 AT 12:02 pm

        Whoa! Congrats Katie, that’s so awesome!! And yes, you definitely need this smoothie to help your muscles recover.

    5. Danae @ Recipe Runner
      May 2, 2016 AT 11:01 am

      This is absolutely the smoothie I need after my Saturday long run! I love that it helps with muscle inflammation and the ginger is perfect because my stomach usually takes a little while to settle after all the miles.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2016 AT 12:03 pm

        Oh yes, this smoothie would be awesome after a long run! Let me know if you try it, Danae.

    6. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      May 2, 2016 AT 8:46 am

      Oh my gosh, I wish I’d been at that smoothie workshop! Sounds fun! This looks delicious.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2016 AT 12:06 pm

        I wish you could have been there as well. That would have been so fun. 🙂

    7. athleticavocado
      May 2, 2016 AT 7:42 am

      love that you added coconut water to this! I’ll have to try that, yum!!!

    8. Debra Bros
      May 1, 2016 AT 4:36 pm

      I’ve not had pineapple in a smoothie before but I’m sure it’s delicious. Great recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2016 AT 12:09 pm

        It’s so good and using frozen pineapple makes the smoothie extra creamy.

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