Make a blueberry pineapple smoothie today! It's simple to prepare in a blender and made with just five ingredients. Perfect for breakfast, post-workout snacking, or an on-the-go meal.
Looking for a quick and easy morning meal? Give this blueberry pineapple smoothie a try. Smoothies are an easy way to add a few servings of fruits and veggies to your day, and can be very healthy when made with nutrient-dense ingredients.
This smoothie is creamy and thick, with a vanilla-berry flavor and a hint of tropical pineapple. Perfect for breakfast, a post-workout meal, or an on-the-go energy boost.
Frozen blueberries and frozen cubed pineapple are blended with vanilla Greek yogurt, ground flaxseed, and your favorite type of milk. Plus, this smoothie is easy to customize with your favorite mix-ins, like a handful of baby spinach or a scoop of protein powder.
Ingredients and substitutions
The great part about smoothies is that they are easy to customize with your favorite ingredients!
Frozen blueberries and pineapple can be substituted with any frozen fruit you have on hand to make a new smoothie flavor. Mixed berries, strawberries, banana, and mango are great options.
Vanilla Greek yogurt can be substituted with plain Greek yogurt and a splash of vanilla extract for a lower sugar smoothie. Look for a brand of vanilla yogurt that isn't jam-packed with extra sugar (you might be surprised once you look at the labels!). Yogurt can also be substituted with ½ a banana for a similar creamy texture.
Milk can be substituted with any unsweetened liquid you have on hand. I recommend cow's milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or even green tea. I do not recommend using fruit juices (like apple juice or orange juice) because they can add a lot of extra calories and sugar to your smoothie.
Ground flaxseed is an optional addition that has many health benefits, like omega-3 essential fatty acids and fiber. Flaxseed can be substituted with chia seeds, hemp seed, or wheat germ. The great part about adding flaxseed to your smoothie is that it doesn't have a strong flavor. Once it's mixed in, you won't even know it's in there!
Here's an article with more information on why ground flaxseed is a great addition to your diet: WebMD: Flaxseed health benefits
Can I use fresh blueberries?
I recommend using at least one frozen fruit in your smoothie (either the blueberry or pineapple - or both) because it gives your smoothie a thicker consistency. You're welcome to use fresh fruits instead, but keep in mind that your smoothie will turn out on the thin side.
Want to add something extra to your morning smoothie? Here are my favorite mix-in ideas:
- Handful of baby spinach
- Scoop of vanilla protein powder
- Scoop of collagen peptides
- Dash of ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom
- Tablespoon of chia seeds, wheat germ, or hemp seeds
How to make substitutions in a smoothie recipe
When making a substitution in a smoothie recipe, make sure to use the same ratios. For example:
- Substitute 8 ounces of milk with 8 ounces of green tea
- Substitute ¾ cup of blueberries with ¾ cup of strawberries
As long as you keep your ratios the same, your smoothie will turn out consistently every time.
Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- ¾ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- In a blender add milk first, then the remaining ingredients: yogurt, ground flaxseed, frozen blueberries, and frozen pineapple.
- Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
- Nutrition information is calculated using 1% milk. Any milk can be used in this recipe (cow's milk, almond milk, coconut milk).
- Vanilla Greek yogurt can be substituted with plain Greek yogurt and a splash of vanilla extract. Or, substitute yogurt with ½ a banana for a similar creamy texture.
- At least one of your fruits should be frozen - they help give your smoothie a thick, creamy texture. If using fresh fruits, your smoothie will turn out thin.