Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe. Plus, 50 Healthy Juice and Smoothie Recipes: eBook Giveaway!

by Gena on May 25, 2012

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Happy Friday! Here from the perch of my final days off, it’s hard to tell holidays and Fridays from other days, but we do have a long weekend coming up, and I wish you all good weather, some rest, and a lot of time making fabulous food!

Memorial day weekend is thought of as the start of summer, and in keeping with that theme, I’m here to share a scrumptious green smoothie recipe, and to offer you a shot at winning my friend Cory’s new ebook, a collection of 50 fabulous smoothies and juices! Cory Gallant—known throughout the blog world as ZestyCook—is my blog designer and consultant; he’s the person who helps me to make CR look attractive and stay easy to navigate. He’s also great at giving me smart, savvy advice on how to manage my blog and keep it up to date. I’m one of his affiliates, so readers who join by clicking through his icon on my right sidebar get a special deal on his services. If you’re hoping to revamp your blog, or start one for the first time, I highly recommend his services!

Cory’s also a huge lover of fresh, homemade juices and smoothies. His new book, Top 50 Healthy Juice and Smoothie Recipes—isn’t vegan, but all of the smoothies can be easily veganized, and many of them already feature almond or coconut milk. The juices, naturally, are vegan. When Cory first sent me his book, I confess that I thought to myself, “I don’t really need help in the juice and smoothie department!” But Cory quickly proved to me that even juice and smoothie fanatics like me can benefit from some inspired new recipes.

Take his “Pina Colada” smoothie, for instance, which I tried this morning. Creamy coconut milk, banana, pineapple, and mint come together with fresh spinach. The result is a drink that’s as summery and sweet and generally delicious as it is healthy and green. I instantly fell in love!

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Pina Colada Smoothie, © 2012 by ZestyCook (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Serves 1-2

4-6 oz unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups bunch baby spinach
1 banana
5 sprigs fresh mint
1 cup fresh/frozen pineapple chunks

Place spinach and coconut water in blender and process on high until liquid. Add pineapple,mint, and banana and blend until smooth.

What a perfect treat for warm weather!

Other recipes include such treats as the “jack up the antioxidants” smoothie (rich with banana, dinosaur kale, pomegranate, and blueberries), the “sweet and sassy” (cucumber, lime, kiwi, lemon, spinach, ginger, and apple), and such self-explanatory mixes as “grapes n’ greens,” “mango banana,” “blueberry greens,” and “almond cocoa butter cup.” Yum.

Also included in the e-book is a short primer on blending vs. juicing (Cory’s answer is the same as mine: apples and oranges. Do both!) as well as tips on how to thicken smoothies, make them ahead, and what order to place your ingredients in. Whether you’re a smoothie pro or you’re just starting out, it’s a perfect guide and resource. Plus, Cory’s emphasis is decidedly on green smoothies, so you can rest assured you’ll have plenty to choose from!

A quick tip for veganizing Cory’s recipes:

Whey protein: replace with any vegan protein powder
Greek yogurt: replace with soy yogurt, coconut milk yogurt, or young coconut meat
Skim milk: replace with almond, soy, hemp, flax, oat, or rice milk

And as I said above, many recipes are 100% vegan already.

If you’d like to experience some of Cory’s delicious recipes for yourself, I encourage you to enter tonight’s giveaway! As usual, there are a few different options for entering. Each is worth one entry, and you can choose one or all of them. Just leave me a comment for each entry, please. I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me your favorite smoothie combination.
2. Tweet about this giveaway with the URL of this post pasted into the tweet! http://bit.ly/KoUCht
3. Like Choosing Raw on Facebook
4. Like Zesty on Facebook
5. Follow me on Twitter
6. Follow Zestycook on Twitter

Good luck!

May you sip a green smoothie or two this weekend. I’ll surely do that, and I’ll also be having a lovely dinner with two very special bloggers whom you may know and love tomorrow night. Back here for a recap Sunday!

xo

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zosia May 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

i like zesty cook on facebook!

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zosia May 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

my favourite smoothie combination: almond milk + peaches + stevia + flax meal + rice protein/hemp protein powder

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Christine May 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Favorite combo: banana, peanut butter, soy milk and some cocoa powder. more like a dessert, but delicious nonetheless!

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Christine May 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Liked you on facebook!

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Christine May 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Liked zesty cook on facebook!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva May 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

My favourite smoothie combo is cantaloupe melon, strawberries, cucumber and baby spinach. It’s super refreshing!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva May 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Liked choosing raw of facebook too

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Audrey May 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I love trying new smoothie recipes! My go-to green smoothie combo is 3/4-1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 T. flaxseed, 1/2-1 frozen banana, and lots of spinach!

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Audrey May 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I like you on FB

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Audrey May 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I like Zesty on FB

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Audrey May 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I follow you on Twitter

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Audrey May 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I follow Zesty on Twitter

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Justine May 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm

My favorite combo is frozen raspberries, peaches and kale, yummy and fresh

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Ali May 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

The best smoothie I ever made was banana, papaya, strawberry and vanilla extract. So.freeking.good. I bet you could add greens to it and it would be just as delicious and extra nutritious! <3 Happy Holidays G!

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Cat May 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Wow – all those smoothies sound so good! And… Isn’t it odd? I think I know what dinosaur kale is and I’ve only been green smoothie-ing for a few months! :-)

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Cat May 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Uh-oh … I forgot to tell you my favorite smoothie… it’s basically any green (spinach is smooth… kale makes me feel healthier) with frozen pineapple chunks and frozen peaches… a splash of agave added if needed.

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

So hard to pick a favorite smoothie, but usually do handful of greens, some frozen fruit, frozen or fresh banana, almond milk. Hits the spot.

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I tweeted the giveaway.

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I followed you on twitter. Can’t believe I didn’t already.

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I now follow Zestycook on Twitter

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I like Zesty Cook on FB

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Megan May 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I like Choosing Raw on FB.

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Teresa May 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

My two favorite smoothie combos (because really how can I just pick one?) are, chocolate and cherry, and, matcha and banana. Soo good! Although I love smoothies of all types.

Enjoy your last free daysM

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Denise May 27, 2012 at 2:02 am

I love cilantro, pineapple, grapefruit, cucumber, lime, cinnamon!

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Denise May 27, 2012 at 2:07 am

I liked Zesty Cook on Facebook. Looks like a really awesome ebook!

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Marisa @ DishingNatural May 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

Liked Zesty Cook on Facebook!

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Marisa @ DishingNatural May 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

I follow you on twitter now! :)

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Marisa @ DishingNatural May 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

I’m following Zesty Cook on twitter now!

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Marisa @ DishingNatural May 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

My favorite smoothie combo right now – Frozen banana, frozen pineapple, spinach, and sunwarrior protein powder. Yummy!

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Marisa @ DishingNatural May 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

Just tweeted about the giveaway!

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Angela May 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

Almond milk, cocoa, almond butter, banana, cherry and lots of spinach.

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Allie May 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

My favorite smoothie lately is spinach, banana, pineapple, mango, and peach.

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Chris May 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

frozen bananas and strawberries, cocoa powder, and a bit of agave nectar are my favorite smoothie combo

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Dana May 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I liked you on Facebook and followed you on Twitter.

My favourite smoothie: orange juice, coconut water, pineapple, banana.

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Alexia @ NamasteYoga May 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

favourite combo is definitely banana, pear, spinach, hemp protein, almond milk, maca and ice! yum!

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Alicia @ Treble Tart May 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

My favorite smoothie combination is banana, frozen cherries, a little bit of spinach, and some strawberries!

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Alicia @ Treble Tart May 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway!

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Alicia @ Treble Tart May 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I like you on Facebook already!

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Alicia @ Treble Tart May 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I follow you on Twitter!

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Steph May 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

This sounds delicious! My favorite smoothie is almond milk, ice, mango, fresh ginger, and a little dab of coconut oil. Yum!!!

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Faith May 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm

My favorite smoothie combination is- spinach, lemon juice, coconut water, ginger, banana, and spirulina.

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Faith May 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway (@faiththomas)

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Faith May 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I like Choosing Raw on Facebook:)

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Faith May 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I like Zesty Cook on Facebook!

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Faith May 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I follow you on Twitter!!

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Faith May 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I follow Zesty Cook on Twitter!!

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Fiona May 28, 2012 at 1:23 am

I don’t know if it’s too late to enter but my favorite combo (that I split with my husband) is:

1 banana (still green at the tips)
2 handfuls spinach, kale, or collards
1/2-3/4 cup frozen tropical fruit mix
1 scoop Amazing Grass lemon-lime flavor
2 T wheat germ (for zinc)
1 tsp or so of flax oil
3/4 cup or so almond or soy milk

I often throw in about 1/3 cup of beans for a whole food form of extra protein!
All of the amounts are approximate because I never measure any of it.

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Fiona May 28, 2012 at 1:43 am

I like you on FB!

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Sarah May 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

I love using frozen broccoli, fresh baby spinach, chia seeds, raw and vegan protein powder, wheatgrass ice cubes, frozen blueberries, maca powder, cinnamon, lucuma and cashew milk. Yum!

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Danielle Good May 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm

oh my!! this is packed. I will defn have to try frozen broccoli!

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Sarah C May 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

My fave smoothie is banana, strawberry, blueberry, brown rice protein, peanut butter, almond milk and spinach. Pretty basic, but good.

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Jackie May 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

liked you on facebook!

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Jackie May 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

My favorite smoothie is an orange, two hands full of red grapes and lots of greens (spinach, kale and dandelion being the most often used).

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mich May 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Liked you on Facebook already :)

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Danielle Good May 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

My favorite smoothie combination (I love green!!) is 2 cups kale or green leaf, 1 cup almond milk, frozen banana/ sometimes ice too, avocado, and a little drop of maple syrup!!! (sprinkled w/ chia seed!!). i know this post is late but the weekend was fun & busy!! :D

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Danielle Good May 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I liked CR on Facebook :D

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Danielle Good May 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I liked Zesty on Facebook ;D

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chris June 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

a ton of spinach, chia seeds, plenty of water & whatever fruit is on sale :p

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Brittany June 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

greens and blueberries, YAY!

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Natalie June 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

watermelon, ice and mint…and a pinch of stevia!

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