All the tropical flavors of a Pina Colada blended into a quick and healthy smoothie.  This Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie is ready in minutes and will keep you feeling full for hours.

Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie | The Suburban Soapbox

The weather hit 70 degrees the other day and all I wanted to do was sit on the beach.  I was peeling off layers of clothing as the morning wore on because I forget how to dress for warmer weather. It’s so amazing to me how 70 degrees in early April feels like a sweltering, sweaty day.  BUT 70 degrees in August feels like an impending blizzard.  I wanted to break out my shorts and show off my pasty legs in all their rippled glory.  But I didn’t.  Because that’s not a good look. So, instead….I went inside and made a smoothie.  Right after I finished off the rest of the Duck Confit Sweet Potato Fries.  It’s about balance, friends.

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My Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie was the perfect way to, at least, escape to the tropics for a bit.  It’s creamy and smooth, thick and fruity.  Just like a REAL Pina Colada…minus the rum.  You can certainly ADD rum if you’re feeling a little rebellious but I was trying to keep things healthy here.  I did add chia seeds because chia seeds are (I found) the best natural hunger suppressant around.  One ounce of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.  Not too shabby.

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To keep things light and not watered down…I froze one banana the night before.  I chose one that was on the verge of being too ripe so it would act as a natural sweetener.  Then I added fresh pineapple, light coconut milk, plain greek yogurt, a smidgen of honey and, of course, chia seeds. Just about a minute in the blender was plenty of time to whip this tropical dream into shape, pour into a glass and enjoy.  Vacation in a glass. Now all I need is a tan. 🙂

Get the Recipe: Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie

If you like Pina Coladas....you're gonna love this smoothie! Take a vacation before you start your day.
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Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional, if you like things sweeter

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
Serving: 8g, Calories: 440kcal, Carbohydrates: 88g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 808mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 72g, Vitamin A: 250IU, Vitamin C: 45mg, Calcium: 135mg, Iron: 1.5mg