“Love this as a breakfast smoothie, first thing in the morning. Fresh sprigs of mint is the key.”~ Helen T.
Pineapple Apple Mint, a popular Ninja Blender “Smoothies & Super Juices” recipe, is a healthy green smoothie sweetened up with fresh fruit. A minty-fresh serving of sweet apple and tangy pineapple with a hint of lemon. The perfect drink for a mid-day swing on your shaded porch!
Everything You Need
The Ninja Blender Pineapple Apple Mint smoothie ingredients are:
- baby spinach
- mint leaves
- coconut water
- lemon juice
Apples – Apples are the most widely consumed fruit globally and boast more than 7,000 different varieties. They provide significant amounts vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and potassium, and are loaded with power antioxidants, especially polyphenols. Apples can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and promote gut health as a prebiotic.
Pineapples – Pineapples are popular tangy tropical fruit that, surprising to most, originated in South America, not Hawaii. They are absolutely loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, including a ridiculously high amount of vitamin C (1 serving = 131% of the recommended daily intake), manganese, vitamin B6, and thiamin. Pineapples also contain a significant amount of the digestive enzymes bromelain that can help fight pancreatic cancer.
Baby Spinach – Baby spinach is an early harvest leafy green that is slightly sweeter than regular spinach. It is nutrient-dense, containing significant vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, iron, and zinc. Baby spinach is known to promote eye health, lower blood sugar levels, help prevent anemia, and reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Mint – Mint is well known for the minty cool sensation it provides and is a popular ingredient in a variety of drinks and dishes. It is rich in nutrients including vitamin A, iron, and manganese, although it is typically used only as a flavoring agent in small quantities. The menthol in mint has been shown to relieve indigestion and reduce Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Coconut Water – Coconut water has become an increasingly popular health drink as of late. It is low in calories, efficiently replenishes electrolytes, is an excellent source of potassium, and contains potent free radical fighting antioxidants. Also, coconut water has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes, prevent kidney stone formation, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Lemon Juice – Lemons are a sour citrus fruit that are packed with antioxidants and various other beneficial plan compounds. Just one lemon provides more than 50% of your recommended daily intake of cold and flu-busting vitamin C. Lemons are also known to aid weight loss, prevent kidney stones, and protect against anemia.
A standard blender is all that is required to make Ninja Blender smoothies. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using any one of the many available Ninja Single Serve Blenders as they are quick to set up and very easy to clean.
If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Ninja Blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.
For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.
How To Make The Ninja Blender Pineapple Apple Mint Smoothie
The Ninja Blender Pineapple Apple Mint smoothie is very easy to make:
- Step 1: Place apple, pineapple, baby spinach, mint, coconut water, lemon juice, and ice
- Step 2: Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Step 3: Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Step 4: Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
Recipe Tips And Substitutions
If you don’t have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.
To spice things up a bit, try using a few sprigs of fresh peppermint.
- Place apple, pineapple, baby spinach, mint, coconut water, lemon juice, and ice into a Ninja Blender and secure the lid.
- Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
- If you don’t have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.
- To spice things up a bit, try using a few sprigs of fresh peppermint.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 426mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 12gSugar: 47gProtein: 23g
Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions
Mint is a fragrant herb with a refreshing taste and numerous health benefits. It’s rich in essential nutrients like vitamins A, C, and folate, as well as minerals like calcium and magnesium. Mint is known for its digestive benefits; its natural compounds can help relax the digestive tract muscles, aiding in relieving indigestion and bloating. Moreover, menthol, the active oil in mint, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help freshen breath and even contribute to better oral health. Some studies also suggest that mint may improve focus and mental alertness.
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples, specifically in the fruit’s stem and juice. These enzymes are proteolytic, meaning they help break down protein molecules. Bromelain has gained attention for its potential health benefits. It’s believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, can aid digestion, especially in breaking down proteins in the stomach, and may even support wound healing and reduce swelling. Because of these potential benefits, bromelain is often used in supplement form for various health applications. When consuming pineapple as part of a meal with protein, it can assist in the digestive process, making the protein more accessible for absorption.
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