These two tropical fruits can be blended in many different ways but the end result is often a delicious, refreshing and, most importantly, healthy beverage. Pineapple and coconut smoothies lack the unnecessary calories while offering many additional health benefits. When made with coconut milk, an average 12-ounce pineapple coconut smoothie contains approximately 158 calories, not too bad for a good-tasting drink which fits into the healthy diet rules. There are also 30 grams of carbohydrates and two grams of dietary fiber in each smoothie. If you want to have an ever healthier beverage, you can use coconut water instead of coconut milk. Coconut water is a great source of potassium and when adding fresh pineapple chunks and ice, you have a delicious and refreshing drink for the hot summer days.
In addition, a regular pineapple and coconut smoothie contains four grams of protein and average just about three grams of fat, two grams of which are saturated, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. The saturated fat in the smoothie is mostly from the coconut milk so when you use coconut water, you have a nearly fat-free version. Each smoothie also contains only three milligrams of cholesterol per serving, considered a very low amount for a smoothie beverage.
Lastly, pineapple coconut beverages also contain important vitamins and minerals. Each 12-ounce smoothie contains in average 40 milligrams of calcium, two milligrams of iron, 325 milligrams of potassium, 80 milligrams of vitamin C, 43 milligrams of folate and 100 international units of vitamin A.