If You Like Pina Coladas…

You just sang the song didn’t you?

It’s OK, so did I.

Who doesn’t love a good pina colada?

In the summertime, my mom makes pina colada milkshakes with frozen Bacardi mix, canned pineapple, vanilla ice cream, and rum. I love them, and they’re delicious, but I would also like a pina colada without the risk of a diabetic coma.

Although this one is nonalcoholic, you still get a little rum flavor and the fresh pina colada flavor without the super sugary frozen mix.

{But if you want to get down on an adult pina colada, feel free to add your favorite rum to this recipe and drink it up.}

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Pina Colada Protein Smoothie (THM E)

  • 1 c fresh pineapple chunks
  • 3/4 c low fat (or nonfat) kefir
  • 1/2 scoop unflavored pristine whey powder (I use Isopure)
  • 1/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 10-14 drops stevia extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 tsp coconut flavor
  • 1 tsp rum flavor
  • 1 c ice, if you like it slushy

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until desired consistency. Sprinkle the top with a few more coconut flakes.

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As you may have noticed, this smoothie uses a fantastic super food – kefir. Kefir is a fermented milk with lots of good-belly cultures. It’s tangy like yogurt, but has a slightly thicker consistency than milk. If you don’t have it, or your grocer doesn’t carry it, you can also use plain greek yogurt.

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