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Pink Smoothie

December 30, 2021

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This creamy, fruit pink smoothie is made with raspberries, pitaya or strawberries, and lemon juice.

It has a naturally vibrant bright pink color and makes for a delicious, easy smoothie bowl or breakfast anytime!

pink smoothie in a clear glass with straw on white background

about this pink smoothie recipe

I don’t know about you, but I love starting my day with a healthy smoothie recipe!

They make a super quick breakfast and are a great way to fit extra healthy fats, fiber, protein and veggies into my day.

This fruity smoothie is lightly inspired by Jamba Juice’s Pink Starburst Smoothie, but my version is made without any added sugar, ice cream or sorbet.

The vibrant bright pink color is totally natural and comes from a combination of the raspberries and pitaya (also called dragon fruit). 

You can usually find pitaya in the frozen fruit section of the grocery store, but if you can’t find it (or don’t want to use it), don’t worry!

Strawberries work great as a substitute for pitaya in this recipe and they’ll still give you a beautiful, pink-hued result.

process & tips for making this pink smoothie

All you need to do is add all your ingredients to a blender and let it work it’s magic.

Before you know it you’ll be sipping on a delicious, nutrient dense smoothie!

The powerhouse combination of fiber, fat and protein in this smoothie makes it more filling and satiating than a smoothie that’s only fruit-based.

Plant-powered fiber comes in the form of cauliflower, fruit, almonds, and chia seeds.

Healthy fat comes in the form of chia seeds, almonds, and almond milk.

And the protein can be found in the almonds and chia seeds, as well as the protein powder.

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adding cauliflower to smoothies

Don’t be afraid of the frozen cauliflower rice! 

If you’ve never used it before it might sound like a strange ingredient.

But it adds a nice creaminess without adding extra banana and is a great low-sugar substitute.

It also adds some plant-based fiber (without adding any cauliflower flavor) to the final smoothie!

how to make a pink smoothie bowl

You can also turn this recipe into a smoothie bowl by making the smoothie thicker using only 1 cup milk.

Also, make sure to use frozen berries, frozen pitaya, frozen cauliflower rice and frozen banana to help you get that thick consistency.

Once blended, pour into a bowl and add your choice of smoothie bowl toppings.

Some fun topping ideas would be nuts, seeds, sliced fresh fruit, granola, honey, cacao nibs and a drizzle of almond butter.

top down view of frozen fruit in a clear blender cup

ingredients & modifications

Frozen banana: You can also use fresh banana in place of frozen banana in this recipe. The banana adds some natural sweetness to the smoothie.

Frozen raspberries: Fresh or frozen raspberries work in this recipe. You can also substitute any berries you like in their place.

Frozen pitaya: Pitaya is also called dragonfruit. Look for it in the frozen aisle by the other fruits and veggies. You can also use fresh dragonfruit or frozen strawberries in its place.

Protein powder: You can use any protein powder you like the taste of. To keep this recipe vegan friendly, be sure to use a plant-based protein powder. To keep this recipe paleo friendly, be sure to use a grain-free and dairy-free protein powder.

Frozen riced cauliflower: Riced cauliflower is one of the most underrated & easy ways to add a boost of veggies to your smoothies. The smaller riced size makes it easier to blend. Look for riced cauliflower in the fresh or frozen section of your store.

Chia seeds: The chia seeds really help to thicken up this smoothie and provide some healthy fat & fiber. If you don’t have them or don’t like them, you can skip them in this recipe.

Almond milk: Any non-dairy milk will work great in this recipe, so if you don’t prefer almond milk you can use cashew milk, hemp milk, or oat milk instead. If you like a thinner consistency in your smoothies, add more milk.

Lemon juice: The lemon juice adds some nice tartness to balance out the sweet flavors of this smoothie. You can also use lime juice in its place.

Slivered almonds: The almonds help add extra creaminess and healthy fats to this recipe. You can also use raw cashews or almond butter in its place. For a nut-free option, you can omit them or use sunflower seeds or sunbutter in its place.

Tip: If using fresh fruit and fresh cauliflower rice in place of frozen, be sure to add extra ice to the blender for better texture.

pink smoothie in a clear glass with straw on white background

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Berry Protein Smoothie

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie 

Matcha Protein Shake

Pear Smoothie

Banana Walnut Smoothie

Glowing Green Smoothie

Cranberry Smoothie

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I hope you’ll make this easy Pink Smoothie recipe soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

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Pink Smoothie

Yield 2
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

This creamy, fruit pink smoothie is made with raspberries, pitaya or strawberries, and lemon juice, makes for an easy smoothie bowl or breakfast anytime.

Ingredients

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen pitaya or frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons raw slivered almonds
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 scoops protein powder of choice

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.

Notes

Add 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or 1-2 pitted Medjool dates if you prefer a sweeter smoothie.
If using fresh fruit and veggies instead of frozen, add ice for the best, thickest texture.
For a thinner consistency, add more milk.
For nut-free be sure to use a nut-free milk like oat milk, coconut milk or hemp milk.
For vegan, be sure to use a plant-based protein powder.
For paleo, be sure to use a paleo-friendly protein powder.
Nutrition information calculated using pitaya, almond milk and protein powder. Nutrition information will depend on the type of protein powder you use.
For more ingredients & substitutions, see blog post above.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 2mg
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