Pineapple Recovery Smoothie
Published Jun 03, 2022, Updated May 19, 2023
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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.
More Smoothie Recipes to Try
- Tropical Green Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
- Green Detox Smoothie
- Easy Blackberry Smoothie
- 3-Ingredient Mango Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Green Protein Smoothie
- Tahini Smoothie
- Vitamin C Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
- Pear Smoothie with Avocado and Spinach
Be sure to check out my guides for how to make a smoothie and all the smoothie recipes here on EBF!
Pineapple Recovery Smoothie
- ½ green or red apple, cored and chopped
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- ¾ cup water or coconut water
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 inch knob fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds, optional
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth, adding additional water until the smoothie is the texture and consistency you enjoy.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Super yummy. I love this this smoothie. I used spinach instead of kale because that is what I had, but super refreshing.
So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Joy. Thanks for tying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!
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!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Kim! Thanks for the review 🙂
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
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!
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.
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!!
This tropical green smoothie is so delicious and refreshing! This recipe has definitely become a go to for me.
Yay!! That’s so wonderful to hear! Thanks for the review, Tarin. I really appreciate it!
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!!
Yay!! So glad you loved it, Taylor. 🙂
Very tasty. Nice to mix it up from the “dairy” based smoothies I’ve been making. Ginger gives it a nice kick. It’s also really nice to have the fiber and not all the waste from juicing. After comparing the look of my smoothie to the recipe pictures, It’s clear my blender is not high powered. Time to go blender shopping!
I highly recommend this Vitamix! Glad you are enjoying this smoothie, Alli. Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!
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