This vegan Piña Colada Smoothie refreshes, revitalizes and renews. All of the refreshing yumminess of combining pineapple and coconut, plus a healthy dose of plant-protein, omega-3s and antioxidants!
I would even say the Piña Colada Smoothie also rewards! One of my summer goals is refining my workout routine, specifically strengthening my core (all of the muscles in the midsection of your body: front, back, and sides). These muscles act as stabilizers for your whole body and increase your overall balance. Strengthening the core helps reduce the risk of injury from something as simple as reaching for a dish on a top shelf (something I always seem to be doing). While this uses arm and shoulder strength, a strong core keeps these muscles from straining. It will also help to improve your overall posture and reduce wear and tear on your joints. Having a strong core is especially important for us ladies as we get older. I have heard many stories about larger-chested women developing bone spurs in their spines as they age. If we allow our body to weaken over time it will become progressively more difficult and stressful for it to support itself. The earlier you start and the longer in life you persevere with maintaining a healthy core and strength, the more gentle and comfortable the aging process will be. And let’s face it, having your clothes fit better is never a bad thing!
I’ve chosen to incorporate planks into my routine to help me strengthen my core. I love anything that saves time, and planks are not only a great way to improve strength, but also require a very minimal amount of time. I am doing a 30-day challenge where I incrementally increase the duration of my planks every few days. I’m currently up to 40 seconds. I mean seriously, you can’t argue with that. Forty seconds is the amount of time you stand in front of the refrigerator trying to remember why you opened it in the first place!
I love the marriage of pineapple and coconut. For me, that flavor evokes a sense of tranquility and relaxation. For that moment, I am sitting under an umbrella, listening to the rush of the waves, with the sand in my toes, even if I’m really standing at my kitchen counter. I developed the Piña Colada Smoothie as my reward for my body and mind every time I increase my plank duration. Bursting with rich tropical fruit and creaminess, it is a guaranteed satisfier! If you are curious about all of the nutrients that pineapple and coconut have to offer, or if you just want another delicious Piña Colada recipe, then check out my Pure Piña Colada Bars. I also have some helpful hints on freezing those ripe bananas in my Strawberry Cheesecake Vegan Smoothie post.
Some notes for you —
Frozen pineapple: In a pinch, frozen pineapple purchased from the grocery store is convenient to have around for smoothie making. But I must say frozen fresh pineapple is much better! You’ll notice a difference in the way it bursts with flavor. My Pure Piña Colada Bars post has a detailed photo with all of the steps to easily cut a pineapple, if you want to freeze it fresh.
Coconut butter: Making your own coconut butter may be easier than you think and definitely more affordable than buying pre-made. Take a look at my Easy Homemade Coconut Butter recipe!