Have you tried this exotic yet tasty Pina Colada Smoothie?
Top 5 Recipes with Pineapple
Pineapple season is just around the corner! Of course, I crave pineapples all year round, but there is no doubt that pineapples taste the best when they are in season. The sweetest and juiciest pineapples are always found from March until July.
Most US-grown pineapple comes from Hawaii and Puerto RICO. But there are also a few pineapple farms in some parts of California. Florida’s most consumed pineapple comes from Mexico and central and south America.
How to Pick a Pineapple
When you go to the grocery store, it is always important to pick the heaviest pineapple you can find. The first thing you should look for is how heavy the pineapple is. It is best to find a pineapple that is heavy for its size. These are the juiciest and most ripe.
You should also make sure there is a light, sweet aroma on the stem side of the pineapple. If there is no smell, it has not ripened yet, but if it smells pungent, it may be overripe.
The color is also a good indicator of whether or not the pineapple is ripe. For example, a green-yellow color means that the pineapple is fresh and ready to be eaten. It should also look shiny and bright. Avoid any soft spots or yellow leaves on your pineapples.
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Besides tasting amazing, pineapples also have excellent health benefits. Pineapples are a sweet and healthy fruit packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals. They are good sources of vitamin C, B6, K, A, iron, potassium, zinc, and manganese. Pineapples also contain many antioxidants and digestive enzymes known as bromelain. Bromelain is important to your body since it will help break down amino acids.
How to Cut Pineapple
Cutting a pineapple can be intimidating because of its rough and prickly outer layer. But it is actually pretty easy to cut a pineapple. There are a few different ways to cut pineapple, depending on how you plan to serve it. The easiest way is to cut off both ends, slice the skin off, and remove any remaining pieces of the skin. Then you can decide if you want your pineapple cut into cubes, wedges, or sticks. Make sure to remove the core by cutting it out at an angle first since it is tough and will not taste good.
How to store pineapple
You can store freshly cut pineapple in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Just make sure they are kept in an airtight storage container. The pineapple can also be stored for even longer in the freezer. Place the pineapple on a baking tray with wax paper and freeze it for a few hours. Once each piece is frozen, you can place them into a zip-lock bag or a freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 5 months. These frozen pineapple pieces are perfect for a quick smoothie.
Fresh Pineapple Recipes
Fresh pineapple has the most amazing, sweet, and tart flavor that is perfect for a snack, as an ingredient for meals, in appetizers, side dishes, or even as smoothies. Here are my top 5 recipes with pineapple for this upcoming pineapple season. So get your fresh pineapples and try out these recipes before you miss these ripe and flavorful pineapples.
Pina Colada Smoothie
This recipe for pina colada smoothies is easy to make and super creamy! The refreshing tropical flavors always make me feel like I am away on an exotic vacation. I make this recipe anytime I feel like I can use some relaxation. The creaminess of the coconut milk and the sweet and tart flavors of the pineapple come together to make the perfect smoothie. Coconut and pineapple are always one of my absolute favorite combinations! Whenever there is an option for a coconut and pineapple smoothie or ice cream, it is always my first choice.
Tips For the Best Homemade Pina Colada Smoothie
- Whenever I have ripe fruit such as bananas, berries, and pineapples, I always make sure to put them in a ziplock bag and freeze them. Ripe fruit is the best for smoothies, and it saves them from going bad.
- If your pina colada is too thick, you can add more coconut milk. You can also blend in more frozen pineapple or ice to thicken the pina colada if it is too liquid.
- Add the liquid into the blender first so that the smoothie blends easier. It will also be gentler on the blender.
- If the pineapple is ripe and sweet, there is no need to add sugar. However, if you like your pina colada smoothie on the sweeter side, feel free to add a spoon of honey or maple.
- Use the same recipe below to make Pineapple Coconut popsicles
What to Put on Top of Your Smoothies
Drizzle some honey onto the top of your smoothie for even more sweetness. You can even put your pina colada in a cocktail glass and feel like you are on a tropical vacation whenever you need a break. It can also be nice to garnish your smoothie with fresh pineapple, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and mint.
What Can I Add to My Pina Colada Smoothie?
This recipe for pina colada smoothies does not have alcohol, but if you want a little booze, white rum is delicious with this smoothie. If you usually make a protein shake, you can also treat yourself to a smoothie protein shake and add scoops of vanilla-flavored protein powder into the Pina Coladas.
And if you are a fan of Pineapples just like me, you must also check out my Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa, Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa, Sweet and Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple, and Pan-roasted Chicken Thighs with Pineapple Chili Glaze.
|3 cups fresh ripe frozen pineapple chunks|
|¼ cup coconut water|
|½ cup coconut milk (fresh will be good, but you can use can too)|