As the sun starts to re-emerge and the days get a little longer, you better believe we’re reaching for warm weather flavors. We’re craving the tropical vibes of pineapple, coconut, and vanilla in the form of a pina colada.
While you may associate pina coladas with boozy, relaxed afternoons, we’ve got a healthy alternative.
Here’s a pina colada shake recipe you can enjoy as an energizing breakfast or post-workout snack. This blend gives you the decadence of this classic tropical drink without the guilt (but hey, if you want to add a splash of coconut-flavored rum, we won’t judge).
Thanks to premium ingredients, this smoothie is packed with nutrition and taste. Here’s a peek at what’s in store:
How to Make a Healthy, High-End Piña Colada
Lite Coconut Milk
Coconut milk lends creaminess, flavor, and nutrition to this shake. Coconut milk (which is actually made from coconut’s white flesh) is full of B vitamins and minerals.
Coconut milk also contains a type of fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which might play a helpful role in appetite control.
If you’re lactose intolerant, coconut milk is a non-dairy alternative that’s much easier to digest. Choosing the lighter version of canned coconut milk cuts calories but maintains the signature tropical taste.
Boxed coconut milk is also available in the fridge or shelf-stable section of the grocery store, though this version tends to have less tropical flavor than the canned version does.
This homemade shake recipe relies on unsweetened frozen pineapple.
Pineapple is low in calories yet packed with taste and sweetness thanks to naturally occurring sugars. This fruit is rich in vitamin C to maintain your immune system and collagen synthesis, plus manganese to support metabolism.
It’s also packed with antioxidants (like flavonoids and phenolic acids) that may reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic diseases. What’s more, pineapple might even help with both digestion and exercise recovery: the fruit naturally contains an enzyme called bromelain that’s been found to help with both.
Vanilla Protein Powder
A tasty, high-quality grass-fed whey protein powder is an ingredient that does double-duty.
First, this ingredient enhances flavor thanks to natural vanilla (no artificial flavorings here!).
Second, including this protein powder adds a major nutritional boost. One serving of this pina colada offers over 12 grams of protein to support your health and fitness goals. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain muscle, maintain strong bones, or support healthy hormone levels, protein plays a part in that equation.
Choosing a protein that comes exclusively from grass-fed cows raised on small California farms ensures that you’re drinking the healthiest, most sustainable choice.
You can also swap whey protein with vanilla pea protein powder. If you’re wondering which one is better between pea protein vs whey, it comes down to your diet and lifestyle choices.
Pea protein contains a superior amino acid profile among plant proteins, which means it can aid post workout recovery and muscle growth.
Healthy Pina Colada Protein Shake Recipe
Makes 2 servings
- 1 cup lite canned coconut milk
- 2 cups frozen pineapple (no sugar added)
- 2 scoops Vanilla Naked Whey Protein Powder
- Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
- Decant into 2 glasses or cups
- Garnish with any desired toppings
Make it Custom
- If you prefer a spoon-worthy shake, add a few pieces of extra frozen fruit (pineapple, banana, mango, etc.) or ice cubes for a thicker texture.
- If you prefer a more fluid shake, add one or two extra ounces of coconut
- To further lighten up on calories, use coconut water instead of coconut milk
- To boost creaminess and add healthy fat, add ¼ frozen avocado
- To increase protein, add an extra scoop of protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt
- To make this into a cocktail, add a splash (or two) of tropical-flavored rum
- For garnishes, try sliced orange, a lime wheel, flaked coconut, a sprinkle of chia seeds, or a tiny umbrella