Pineapple Recovery Smoothie


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!

Pineapple Recovery Smoothie

5 from 12 votes
This pineapple recovery smoothie is packed with nutrients known to help decrease inflammation and in turn, speed up muscle recovery.
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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


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


  • Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth, adding additional water until the smoothie is the texture and consistency you enjoy.


Serving: 1smoothie Calories: 264kcal Carbohydrates: 43g Protein: 4g Fat: 11g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 28g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple smoothie


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Recipe Rating

    1. Taylor Byers
      June 28, 2021 AT 3:37 pm

      5 stars
      I tried this smoothie after a run and it was so refreshing! The pineapple makes this such a sweet smoothie, and the health benefits after a workout are tremendous!! Might be my new favorite post workout smoothie!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 6:59 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved it, Taylor. 🙂

    2. Tarin
      June 28, 2021 AT 9:36 am

      5 stars
      This tropical green smoothie is so delicious and refreshing! This recipe has definitely become a go to for me.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 10:25 am

        Yay!! That’s so wonderful to hear! Thanks for the review, Tarin. I really appreciate it!

    3. Joy
      June 25, 2021 AT 8:21 pm

      5 stars
      This is one of my favorites because I like that it is light and crisp and does not have a heavy feeling. I was out of apples today so I used a banana instead and it was really good too.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 12:37 pm

        Woo!! So pumped you’ve been enjoying this smoothie, Joy! Glad the banana worked for you in replace of the apple. Thanks so much for the review!!

    4. Teresa Thorne
      June 21, 2021 AT 9:43 am

      5 stars
      The title of this is spot on “recovery”. I need it.
      Tropical taste w the pineapple. I added Truvani greens + protein and fresh organic baby’s spinach. So good

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 10:42 am

        Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Teresa! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    5. Kim
      June 19, 2021 AT 9:09 am

      5 stars
      After a week of intense workouts, I wanted something that would help my body recover, and this was GREAT – refreshing with so many added benefits. The recipe itself is great, but sadly, my blender isn’t high powered enough to really make sure the texture is consistent.I used spinach instead of kale and added some flax seed for added protein!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 11:41 am

        I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Kim! Thanks for the review 🙂

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