Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie. Scroll down for a video to see how easy it is to make.

Pop quiz: Do you, and does everyone in your family, always eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day?

Let’s be honest here! If not, this delicious Pineapple Paradise Green Smoothie might be a game-changer for you and yours. I know it is in my household. Whoever thought I could get my husband, Jim, and my toddler, CJ, to drink spinach? Mind blown.

A photo of two mason jars with delicious fresh Pineapple Paradise Green Smoothie. There is a striped pink and hite straw in the jars. There are chunks of pieapple and spinackleaves surrounding the jars against a a dark wood background.

Five simple ingredients blend up to make a delicious, creamy smoothie that tastes like sweet pineapple but has the nutrition of spinach and avocado.

And mind you, Jim doesn’t like avocado. And CJ doesn’t like spinach. Yet, we all guzzle down this green smoothie like it were a milkshake. A CHOCOLATE milkshake. Yes, it really is that delicious.

A photo of a blendtec blender with pineapple, spinach, avocado, pineapple, ice and water. The ingredients are written in white, and it is against a dark wood background.

It also might help if you change the name. In our house, we don’t call it a Green Smoothie… we call it Basketball Juice. That way, while Jim and CJ play basketball, I can provide a refreshing beverage under the guise of “refueling” for sporty reasons. CJ falls for it every time.

Full disclosure: To get the smoothest, creamiest smoothie without pieces of spinach, a high-powered blender is recommended. The two major players here are Blendtec and Vitamix. I belong to the camp of the former, but the latter is also lovely I’m sure. Since buying my Blendtec, I seriously have used it almost every single day. For me, it was worth the price of admission.

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A photo of two mason jars with delicious fresh Pineapple Paradise Green Smoothie. There is a striped pink and hite straw in the jars. There are chunks of pieapple and spinackleaves surrounding the jars against a a dark wood background.
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Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks thawed
  • 1 medium ripe avocado halved and pitted
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Fresh Blends.

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42 comments

  1. I have to admit, I drink smoothies to get as many servings in as I can. I do not eat spinach but I do put it in the smoothie too. I actually prefer it when my smoothie is green for some reason. I love your recipe and I love your blender :)

  2. Meggan, your timing on this recipe couldn’t be better, because apart from liking smoothies, I am about to invest in a Blendtec blender. I’m curious to know which model you got, if you don’t mind sharing that information.

    • I don’t mind at all, Susan! Of course. I got the Blendtec TB-621-20 Total Blender. It’s the same one that I have linked to above. I paid $325 for it on Black Friday (at that time the regular price was $380, so it is cheaper now at $350). I spent a lot of time reading about the differences between Vitamix and Blendtec and I think they are both amazing blenders and each one has just a few bonus points over the other. For me, the huge wide mouth of the Blendtec was a key factor, and also the lower price. Vitamixes, as you probably know, are on average $100 – $150 more than a Blendtec and for me there are no features that warrant the higher price tag. Anyway, sorry to ramble on about my blender. People don’t ask me about it nearly enough. ;) Good luck and if you buy one, I’d love to hear what you think!

    • Thanks for the info, Meggan. For reasons I can’t figure, Vitamix has always turned me off. Not so the Blendtec. I’m looking at going whole hog and getting either the Designer 725 or 675. Probably the latter. No, I’m not rich, but I spend enough time in the kitchen that it’s worth the splurge. I’m tired of half-baked appliances. I will definitely let you know how I like it.

    • It amazes me how lousy half-baked appliances can be. I spent $90 on an Oster blender and it was the most worthless piece of garbage you can’t even imagine (and it was $90!!!!). I had to actually thaw frozen fruit before I could blend. And that is just the beginning of a long list of grievances. So when you look at it that way, spending more on a blender is the only sane thing to do! I’m not rich either, but you can’t put a price on things like finding a way to permanently eat healthier foods. It really is a game-changer! I did find a good cheap toaster for under $20 which toasts better than more expensive models I’ve tried in the past, but that is probably an anomaly. ;)

    • Hi Meggan,
      Just wanted to let you know that I got my Designer 675 Blendtec and so far I love it. There is a learning curve to it, as with all such appliances. But I am enjoying it. It has great features, and one of my favorites is the cleaning cycle. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Blendtec does with green smoothies and ones with pineapple, which have never worked well in previous blenders.

    • Hi Susan, I am so excited you got a Blendtec! I am sure you are going to love it. It pulverizes the daylights out of anything green, and certainly pineapple too. I do try to always clean mine immediately because then everything comes right off. Of course, when you spend that much on a blender, it is incredibly motivating to keep it sparkling clean. :) Happy blending! Keep me posted too! I have a few more blender recipes on deck, I’m just trying to spread them out. :)

    • I’m looking forward to more recipes for my Blendtec. I got in the habit of making sure my blender parts were well-rinsed with the Ninja I bought, so that makes it easy to remember with the Blendtec. I love having something that works very well and is easy to clean. I’ll probably even get rid of my food processor now that I have the Blendtec…

  3. Love this smoothie and make a similar one, but no avocado. Need to try this version! And I do have the same blender, it took me a while to decide between Vitamin and Blendtec, but chose Blendtec and love it :)

  4. Yum! I love the idea of avocado – I bet the texture is super rich!

    • The avocado adds a lovely creaminess! I add it because it’s the only way to get my husband to eat avocado. I always deny it’s in there until he’s done and then I’m like… PS You just ate avocado. ;)

  5. I hate to answer your question but I’d say no! The green smoothie is so delicious and I believe it’ll be my best solution :) And I need a fancy blender like this!

  6. My husband was just saying he wants more veggie based smoothies – and here it is, a fabulous recipe that’s bright, vibrant, and delicious! Love the avocados! :)

  7. Ohh… I need this!! I love avocado and smoothies, but never I have tried the two combined. I’m going to try this recipe soon. Pinned!

  8. Meggan, after all the sweets I’ve been eating, I totally need a sweet and fruity green smoothie like this! love!!

  9. I love your picture with the blender and the labels in it, Meggan … and it goes without saying that I love the idea of this ‘basketball juice’, too. Nice little trick there!
    As I love all the ingredients in this, you wouldn’t need to trick me into downing one, though. Yummy!

  10. Love your blender photo as well! Printed the recipe but realized I used the last avocado I had today in a smoothie – I’ll have to buy one tomorrow. Looking forward to blending this!

    • Thanks Brent, I hope you like the smoothie! It’s really so very very good. Yes, I was taking blender photos right after I bought mine. I was so excited about that thing! LOL Have a great day!

  11. This was delicious and was actually very filling.  I usually make a berry smoothie and am starving 10 minutes later.  This one kept me pretty full until lunchtime.  Not sure if it was the avocado… I really loved this smoothie. This recipe is definitely a keeper.  Thanks!!!

    • That’s so great to hear, Deborah! Might be the avocado. I think I’ve had a similar experience with berry smoothies. They are so great but I’m starving 10 minutes later! Or is it 10 seconds later… :) Glad you liked this one! 

  12. It looks scary. Almost like the green slime at nicoleo.But I am interested in making it.

    • The good news is… it tastes better than green slime! I mean, unless the green slime is super delicious!

  13. Hi there,
    How much does your recipe yield? Want to try it. Also, is it a good way to start the day or more of a lunch? I’m not that into smoothies but I love pineapple and this sounds too good to pass up. Thanks!

    • Hi Alli, this recipe makes 2 servings. I think it is more of a snack than anything simply due to the lack of protein. I think it’s great at breakfast if you pair it with other foods, and same with lunch. But I think if you had ONLY this for a meal, you’d be hungry after a while. I know I would! The avocado does make it slightly more filling, but you want protein if you’re going to have it take the place of a meal. You could add a scoop of protein powder to solve that (personally I don’t care for protein powder). I hope you get a chance to try it! It’s definitely delicious and so sweet.

  14. Pineapple and spinach sounds interesting. I must try this. So much goodness in a glass !!xx

  15. Just made this yesterday. I was nervous that it would taste weird with the avocado, but it didn’t. So delicious! I made it for my two-year-old and she thought the color was fun. I’ll be making this often! :)

    • Also, would this work if I froze the avocado ahead of time?

    • So great to hear, thanks Courtney! My kids love this one too. :) I don’t know anything about freezing avocados, but I’m sure it would work just fine (provided your blender is strong enough to blend it). Sounds like a great idea!

  16. Yum. Just pinned it. I love avocado and pineapple together in smoothies. We use lot of pineapple during flu season. Saw some other great smoothie recipes on site too.

  17. Any idea what the carb content is?  Looks pretty low on the face of it. Just the pineapple I assume.  Diabetic and this looks amazingly good.

    • Hey John, sorry about that! Every recipe should have a nutrition label but this post slipped through the cracks. I’ve added it now. You can take a look if you want, but it shows 31.3g total carbs. Within that there are 9.7g dietary fiber and 17g sugar. Not sure if that works for you, but you can always reduce the amount of pineapple if you want to. Thanks John!

  18. I don’t know what kind of spinach you use, but it is always a good idea to blanch spinach before eating (or drinking) it due to its oxalic acid content. Oxalic acid binds some nutrients (mostly calcium) in some greens, especially spinach, and preventing them from being absorbed by your body and instead of getting dumped out they build up in places in your body where they don’t belong. Blanching spinach helps reduce oxalic acid. I hope this info is useful.

    • Hi Dalih, does this mean you never eat spinach raw? On a salad, for example? Definitely useful info! Thanks for your help.

    • I’ve been making these for many years. I often add a chunk of ginger or lime. My understanding is that the enzyme bromelain in raw pineapple makes blanching the spinach unnecessary, and making the iron in the spinach more available. Not sure where I picked that up, though. I know when I did too much of the spinach/kale in smoothies I got kidney stones. I used Stone Free from Source Naturals, and cut back on the spinach and kale a bit and they have not returned in 4 years. For what it’s worth. My 2¢…

  19. I used to blend it raw, until I learnt about oxalic acid. Now, when I say “spinach”, it is strictly those in the amaranthaceae group, because there are greens that people call spinach, but aren’t exactly spinach, like the malabar spinach. Some say that baby spinach and spinach used as micro-greens are okay to consume raw. Some also believe that eating spinach raw once or twice in a month or so is fine. Blanching is something you should really consider if you consume spinach regularly. Please read more about oxalic acid. Women especially need to know thoroughly about this as they are the ones who usually suffer from calcium build-up in the joints.

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