In a Smoothie Rut? Try This Beach Drink for Breakfast

It tastes like a pina colada!

Photography by: Shira Bocar

Wake up your morning smoothie routine with the vibrant flavors of fresh pineapple, bananas, and coconut. Bonus: this pina colada-inspired blender drink is ready in under five minutes. 


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Let’s start with the pineapple. You can pick up a bag of frozen chunks to cut down on prep time, but I like all the extras you get with chopping up a whole fruit. Wash the fruit well, chop off the sharp fronds on top, and remove the tough skin with a serrated knife. Switch over to a chef’s knife to quarter the fruit and remove the woody core. (If you picked up an organic pineapple -- drop the skins and core in a pitcher and cover with water to infuse. Then quaff that pineapple water when you're thirsty.) Chop up the rest into bite-size chunks. Freeze extras in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once they’re firm (that usually takes a couple of hours), transfer the chunks into a resealable plastic bag. This way you can retrieve a few pieces at a time versus a giant frozen pineapple iceberg. It’s homemade IQF (Individually Quick Frozen). 

For the bananas, you don’t have to start with frozen; if fresh is what you have, use them. I always seem to end up with frozen, overripe bananas in my freezer because I’m a fan of smoothies. Remove peels from bananas and store them in resealable plastic bags. Greek yogurt adds a pleasant tanginess and a shot of protein. I’ve long been a fan of adding a spoonful or two of coconut oil to smoothies for the intense boost in flavor. (Looking for ways to use up your jar of extra-virgin coconut oil? Check out this avocado toast.) You can add chia seeds straight to the smoothie for an omega-3 boost, or you can use soaked seeds for more body. 


Rich in vitamin C, healthy fat, and fiber, this smoothie will keep you energized all morning. 


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About the Author

Shira Bocar

Shira Bocar is food editor at large for Martha Stewart Living, where she develops simple, delicious recipes and styles food for the pages of the magazine. She hosts's "Healthy Appetite" series, providing useful tips for creating mouthwatering meals with healthy foods. She has worked on several Martha Stewart cookbooks including "Meatless," "Clean Slate," and "A New...

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