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Pineapple Carrot Protein Smoothie

Enjoy this high-protein smoothie for a quick meal or to re-fuel after exercise. Make it your own with different fruits and vegetables.
Glass of Pineapple Carrot Protein Smoothie
Prep time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 ½ cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

1 cup low-fat plain yogurt (see Notes) 
½ cup sliced carrots (canned and drained, or cooked from fresh or frozen then cooled) 
½ ripe banana  
¼ cup pineapple (canned and drained) 
2 Tablespoons chopped nuts (try walnuts or pecans) 
¼ tsp of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse or scrub fresh fruits and vegetables under running water before preparing.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  4. Enjoy right away or refrigerate until serving.

Notes

  • To make it a meal with all food groups and more fiber, enjoy with whole-grain toast or add cup oats (quick or old fashioned) to the blender with other ingredients.
  • For a thin smoothie, add milk or pineapple juice.
  • For more protein, use Greek yogurt or add dry milk powder or protein powder. 
  • Try with other canned, frozen or fresh fruit. 
  • Try with other vegetables, such as spinach, kale or beets. When using frozen vegetables, cook first and then cool.
  • You can make the smoothie with plant-based yogurt, but the protein content may be different.

Comments

This Pineapple Carrot Smoothie is delicious! It has a nutty flavor and creamy texture. I added some ground ginger to give it a little more zest. I also added ice cubes to make it nice and cold. Frozen fruit would do the trick too. What a great way to use ingredients that I often have on hand & may need to use up. 

I love the flavors of this meal in a glass Pineapple Carrot Protein Smoothie. I did add old fashioned oats to the blender and was happy with the texture. Because I had extra pineapple after opening a can of crushed, I measured out half cups to freeze for future double batches. I look forward to trying different fruits and vegetables now that I have a base recipe with at least 20 grams of protein (when I include the oats or use Greek yogurt).

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