Vegan Morning Pina Colada

Yeah, yeah. Who needs a recipe for smoothies? You just toss it all in a blender, hit go, and let ‘er rock. I know.

So this isn’t so much a post with a recipe as it is an idea for what to do with any leftover pineapple you have from yesterday’s Pineapple Fried Rice making. A bit of sweet fresh pineapple, a few smooth Champagne Mangos, and three of my best secrets for Smoothies that Rock, and you won’t be sad with this sipper.

Smoothies are a vegan morning’s best friend. Blended with the right ingredients, they are a sweet, filling way to start the day. Here’s how to make this recipe your most fabbie smoothie evs:

  • 1. Use extremely ripe fruit. When creating a smoothie in the most healthy way possible (fresh everything, no added sugars), very ripe fruit is a girls best friend. The super-soft, sickeningly sweet texture and flavor of an almost-overripe mango might not translate well to naked eating, but tossed into a smoothie, such fruit will puree well while lending more natural sweetness than a cup of sugar crystals ever could. When blending with mango’s, opt for Champagne Mangos, which pack tons of flavor without adding the stringy pulp of traditional mangos.
  • 2. Blend with a good quality vanilla protein powder and coconut milk for extra creaminess. Look for the SunWarrior brand for a beautiful vanilla raw-vegan protein. And, don’t dump a can of coconut milk into your smoothie. It’s high in fat and lends a nappy aftertaste to smoothies. Rather, look for the refrigerated cartons of Coconut Milk near the Soy Milk at most local grocers for a mild, perfect flavor and texture.
  • 3. Keep a sneaky stash of chia seeds and flax seeds right by your blender. When it comes to blending smoothies, having a readily accessible mix of fiber-licious add-ins will help you remember to use them. In my house, I shake together chia seeds and ground flax seeds, store them in a pretty can, and pop that can right next to my blender. This technique makes smoothie making that.much.easier, and turns HEALTHY smoothie making into a super-simple task.

Allright, cough ’em up! I’d love to hear your smoothie-making secrets. Because, after all, we could all use a little more smoothie goodness to go with our mornings.


Vegan Pineapple Mango Coconut Smoothie


1 ripe banana
1 cup fresh, ripe pineapple
2 ripe Champagne mangos
1 1/2 cups ice
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (the refrigerated sort in a carton, not the stuff in a can)
1 scoop good vanilla vegan protein powder
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds & chia seeds
1/2 tablespoon vanilla


Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until pureed. Serve and enjoy!