Did you know that one of the first recipes published for the drink that we now know as smoothie was one for a pineapple smoothie? It was in the 1940s that this recipe was published in the Waring Blendor cookbooks. The drink was named so because that was the name that was predominantly used by books and magazines for drinks that were made in a blender. These fruit puree drink recipes originally can be traced back to recipes used in the South American country of Brazil. These drinks hit the American market in the 1930s when health food stores started stocking them. But they became extremely popular only in the 1960s with widespread availability.
But what is a smoothie? Well, in the simplest of terms possible, a smoothie is a chilled drink that is made by blending fresh fruits or vegetables. These drinks are more often than not devoid of any artificial form of sweetening but in some cases, due to individual preferences, sugar may be added. Smoothies often include crushed ice, fruits in frozen form.
While often compared to slush drinks, smoothies have a thicker consistency, quite like a milkshake. In some recipes, smoothies also contain milk and yogurt. In some cases, people also add nutritional supplements, herbal supplements, or soy milk for added health value. In this article, we take a look at the recipe for one of the most popular smoothies out there, made of pineapple and coconut.
Recipe for a Pineapple and Coconut Smoothie
The idea of combining pineapple and coconut together may seem putting off to a lot of you, after all there are many people out there who are not very fond of pineapple. But this combination of pineapple and coconut can just be the cooling solution that you are looking for on a hot summer day. Using coconut meat and water is extremely healthy and the water has natural electrolytes that not only help you replenish your energy but also make your drink more nutritious. So just stock up on the simple ingredients listed below and follow the recipe to make your own version of this smoothie.
- Coconut water, ½ cup
- Pineapple juice, ½ cup
- Coconut meat, ½ cup
- Pineapple pieces, ½ cup
- Ice, ½ cup
- The first step that you need to follow is to take the pineapple juice, coconut water, and ice and put it in the blender to mix it all together.
- Next add the pieces of pineapple and blend it on medium for about a minute or so to ensure that the fruit is mixed properly.
- Next add the coconut meat. Ensure that you cut it into slices before adding. Also it is important that you add the coconut only after you add the pineapple, as the latter may take longer to blend properly.
- Blend it all together for a couple of minutes till you achieve the desired consistency. Pour it onto a glass, and there you have it, a cooling drink that is perfect to beat the summer heat.
If the consistency of the smoothie is not something that you are happy with, then you can choose to add half a banana to the smoothie and blend it well. This will also up the energy quotient of the drink. If you are wondering about the calories in a pineapple coconut smoothie, then you should know that one glass of this drink has about 474 calories with eight grams of fat, 88 grams of carbohydrates, and 14 grams of protein. Not only does this drink provide you with energy but it is also a tasty and delicious option for a breakfast smoothie on those days when you are feeling dehydrated and want something to replenish you.