Pineapples are super easy to include in your smoothies, especially during summertime, but the story is different when we talk about cucumbers; they are so underrated... but their bland flavor, watery texture, and low-calorie count make them perfect for this delicious and refreshing pineapple and cucumber smoothie. Having this super easy-to-make drink is the perfect way to help accelerate your weight loss goals. Packed with nutrients, blending cucumber and pineapple results in this refreshing smoothie is ideal for satisfying your sweet tooth while helping you stay on track!
This is one of our favorite summertime recipes, not only because it is fresh but because it is our ally when we want to have a fresh Monday start after an overindulging weekend.
This smoothie was inspired by our cucumber pineapple juice recipe, just made into a creamy smoothie using our homemade almond milk, and ripe pear, plus all the fruits and veggies' pulp to keep us fuller for longer.
This pineapple weight loss smoothie is perfectly made with simple staple ingredients.
- Frozen pineapple
- Lemon juice
- Fresh ginger
- Almond milk
See the recipe card for quantities.
Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender
Blend until the smoothie is creamy, and serve immediately
Hint: top your blended pineapple and cucumber smoothie with chunks of fruits and veggies to make it extra appealing for a summer brunch.
If you know how to make the recipe fit a certain diet, let the reader know here. Don't fake it - only guide topics you have actual experience with.
- Pear - You can use ripe frozen banana or peach instead of ripe pear.
- Lemon juice - use lime juice instead.
- Cucumber - the cucumber can be replaced with celery.
- Almond milk - you can use homemade oat milk, hemp, rice, light coconut milk, or soy milk instead.
- Fresh or frozen pineapple - if using fresh pineapple instead of frozen pineapple, add 2-3 ice cubes per serving. Don't forget to make the most out of your leftovers; make some delicious pineapple water with the pineapple skins.
- Antioxidant boost - add one tablespoon of hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax meal.
- Protein powder - add one scoop of clean plant-based protein powder, or two tablespoons of gluten-free oats.
- Extra creamy - add a portion of cashew yogurt or coconut yogurt.
- Tropical flavor - replace the water with coconut water or coconut beverage for an extra refreshing taste.
- Green smoothie - simply add some green leaves, like one cup of frozen or fresh baby spinach or kale.
- Metabolism booster - add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Extra fresh - add 3-4 mint leaves.
These pineapple cucumber ginger lemon smoothie leftovers will keep in a covered mason jar in the refrigerator for up to one day, though best when fresh.
There are a lot of benefits to drinking pineapple and cucumber smoothies. For one, they're a great way to get your daily fruit intake. Pineapples are packed with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, which boosts your immune system, aiding digestion, and weight loss. (source)
Cucumbers are also hydrating, full of vitamins and minerals, and have detoxifying properties. They're refreshing zero-fat and low-calorie vegetables that can help you reach your daily recommended intake of vegetables, including them in your salads and smoothies or using cucumber sticks instead of the usual pita chips when having hummus.
Another benefit is that it is easy to make. You don't need any special equipment or skills to make them - all you need is a blender! This makes them perfect for busy mornings when you don't have time to cook.
The short answer is yes. If you are making this cucumber pineapple smoothie just for the flavor, replace the cups of pineapple chunks with pineapple juice or canned pineapple, but keep in mind that you're removing pineapples' fiber, which makes it less creamy, and filling. You are increasing the sugar content of the smoothie, which is not great if you aim to lose weight.
Adding whole fruit's fiber makes you consume fewer calories, so using whole foods is key.
Add more weight loss-promoting cucumber and pineapple to your diet by adding a carrot, cucumber, and celery juice, red cabbage juice, pineapple strawberry smoothie, and spinach ginger smoothie to your weekly smoothies and juices weekly line-up for breakfast or pre-work-out snacks.
If you try this pineapple weight loss smoothie or other of our healthy recipes, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag us #ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Pineapple and Cucumber Smoothie for Weight Loss
- 1 cup sliced cucumber skins on
- 1 ½ cup frozen pineapple if using fresh, add 4-6 ice cubes
- 1 ripe pear cored
- ½ cup almond milk or light coconut milk
- ½ cup iced water or with 4 ice cubes
- ½ medium lemon juiced (~1 Tablespoon (15 ml) juice per ½ lemon)
- 3 slices fresh ginger peeled, or ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 cup spinach for a green smoothie
- 2 teaspoons maca powder for enhanced energy and stamina
- Prepare ingredients and add cucumber, frozen pineapple, frozen pear, almond milk, water, and lemon juice to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
- For a thicker smoothie, add more ripe pear, frozen banana, or peach. For a thinner smoothie, add more plant milk or water (it will affect sweetness). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more pineapple for sweetness and more plant milk or optional spinach for creaminess.
- Serve immediately. Smoothie leftovers will keep in a covered mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 day, though best when fresh.
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